Pro-Tips for A Successful (And Efficient) Home Inspection

Leaving lights on makes your inspection easier and faster as we move through your home.

Are you preparing to sell your current home, or are you investing in a home inspection for insurance, appraisal, or other personal reasons? We know that the process can be intimidating, and feel somewhat invasive, especially for those who are in the process of selling a home and are likely not the ones who chose the inspector. Getting the inspection done quickly is preferred by many homeowners, yet it’s our job to make sure each point is checked thoroughly and that our report is comprehensive and detailed for the potential buyer and/or the appraiser. Who said that you can’t have an efficient and complete inspection that’s also fast? We have some tips from the pros that will make your inspection process go smoothly, move more quickly, and get the needed results for all parties involved. For your inspection, remember…

  • Be sure all utilities are turned on (power and water) and that all appliances are hooked up to said utilities to be easily tested. This shaves a lot of time off of the inspection process since we can quickly and easily move through your home testing the oven/stove, water heater, HVAC system, irrigation system, etc.
  • Check all light bulbs, and turn on key lights in the home. Having functional light bulbs in all light fixtures of the home lets us clearly see that they are in good shape and functional. Having lights on throughout the home also lets us see other parts of the room with a glance over without having to take extra steps (and time) to get our own task lighting.
  • Clear out clutter! The more clutter in your home, the more we have to move around to get to the areas we are required to inspect for our report. Make it a goal to remove as much clutter from your home as possible, and if you do have boxes, furniture, etc. stacked up excessively, at least try to move it away from the walls and key points of the home (like windows, vents, etc.) so we can access them more easily.
  • Have pets restrained appropriately (or have them off-site during the inspection). Most pets stay out of the way and are not a bother. However, if you have a dog (or cat) that is very aggressive, difficult to manage, etc. it will make the inspection process go much more slowly if we are continually having to work around the animal. If efficiency and speed is what you want, your pup might be better off staying with a friend for a couple of hours, or taking a walk with a neighbor.
We hope these pro-tips will make you feel more prepared for your next home inspection, and give you a better idea of what to expect. Our goal is to make the inspection process a positive experience all the way around, and because we are local to Polk County, we take our jobs seriously (and personally) since we are providing service for our friends and neighbors. Give us a call and put your home in good hands.

Digits Matter: The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Home Inspector

internachi-honor-guaranteeHiring a home inspector is important whether buying a home, preparing your own home to sell, or are a real estate agent attemtping to sell a house that has come into your care. However, hiring a quality home inspector is vital…and by quality, we are referring to one that is licensed and insured.
Why is it so important to verify that your inspector is properly licensed and covered?
First, a licensed inspector protects YOU. If something goes wrong during an inspector’s time in your home, or if there is any type of damage to your home or property during the inspection, you could be left liable and paying for it out of your own pocket if your home inspector is not properly licensed and insured. Additionally, if your inpsection is not completed by someone with the proper licesnure, it might not be considered valid by insurance companies. That means if your home ends up having a major (and often expensive) issue, you might be left holding the bill yourself since the insurance company won’t pay up on a home that wasn’t inspected to their specifications.
Secondly, a licensed professional protects your home. Licensed home inspectors are required to stay up-to-date on the latest statistics, equipment, requirements, etc. by participating in extensive continuing education classes and trainings. This means your inspection can not, and should not, be questioned by an insurance provider or anyone else requiring the home inspection. If something happens to your home, you can be confident that if it was cleared by a licensed home inspector before your purchase, and you have the proper documentation, the insurance company should have no problem providing compensation.
Residential Inspection Consultants are proud to serve Polk County with high-quality, personalized home inspection services that are backed by not only the proper license and insurance requirements, but InterNACHI certification as well. When you hire us, you know you are getting the very best, and you can be confident in your final inspection report. If you are preparing to buy or sell a home in the Central Florida area, give us a call!

Fact or Fiction? 5 Things Buyers Need to Know About Home Inspections

house-for-sale-2845213_640Home inspections have a variety of theories surrounding them. People often envision a guy going through their home checking off a host of things that are WRONG with the house, and the potential buyers nervously waiting on results, only to be disappointed as they read the report and (figuratively) see the house of their dreams come crashing down.
While this could be true in a (small) handful of circumstances, the typical home inspection experience is actually not that stressful, and can be very helpful to potential home buyers (or sellers!) when they want to feel good about their financial investment and living environment.
So, what are the myths you should watch out for, and what are the actual facts when it comes to having someone inspect your current or potential home?
Seller Responsibility
When an issue is found in a house, the most likely response an inspector will hear from the potential buyer is “Well the seller has to fix that, right?”. That is false. While some sellers are willing to work with potential buyers to repair issues in order to continue forward with the contract, people selling their home are not required to fix anything prior to selling their house under the average contract. While this is indeed frustrating to a potential buyer, it also shows the importance of hiring a home inspector before you sign on the dotted line. If you aren’t willing to spend the money to discover the issues and make the needed repairs, those issues could become larger and more costly (or dangerous!) and you need to re-negotiate the contract or walk away.
No Inspection Needed for New Homes 
This is a HUGE myth. New homes are no less subject to issues than any other house. If anything, in today’s world where homes are put together quickly and (unfortunately) cheaply, there can be a plethora of issues that aren’t visible to the naked and untrained eye. By hiring an inspector for your new home, you might be able to catch issues before an applicable warranty runs out, and that could save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.
Old Stucco Is A Deal-Breaker
Not true. It’s actually the modern stuff you need to worry about. Old stucco (anything before the 1990s) is usually not a problem if it has been properly maintained. However, homes built during and after the 90s often have moisture issues with the stucco, and it’s recommended by many inspectors that you invest in an invasive moisture test before purchasing a post-90s stucco home.
Buyers Aren’t Welcome Until the End
This lies somewhere between fact and myth. It really depends on the inspector. Some ask that buyers only come at the end of the process, and then they can go over the report with the buyers in detail. Others actually prefer to have buyers go through the home with them, and they talk through issues as they come up. It’s best to communicate with your inspector and find out their preference. By following what they feel most comfortable with, you’ll end up with the best experience. On the flip side, home sellers, or their representing realtor, usually prefer to be on site during the inspection. This protects them, and the inspector, as there will be no debate as to whether an issue was pre-existing or happened during the course of the inspection.
We hope these tips will help you when you are in the market to purchase or sell a home. From the information above, you can clearly see that much lies upon the foundation of hiring a good quality home inspector who cares about your needs and wants the best possible outcome for you and your family. Here in Central Florida, new home construction and real estate selling is on the rise, and buyers are looking for someone they can trust. Polk County residents know that the answer is Residential Inspection Consultants. We are a family owned and operated business, and are equipped to handle all of your inspection needs, from 4-point insurance inspection to radon testing and everything in between. Give us a call to schedule your appointment!