When is a Florida home inspector “appropriately qualified” to render an opinion, make a recommendation, or predict failure of any building component? Unfortunately, most real estate agents and home inspectors alike have no clue even though it is clearly defined by the Florida statute (FAC 61-30). Home Inspectors Over-Stepping Their Qualifications Many home inspectors violate […]
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Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that emanates from the ground. Elevated levels of radon gas are known to be harmful and is a leading cause of lung cancer in the USA. Many people who are relocating to Florida are concerned about radon in the home they are purchasing. Homebuyers in most areas of Florida […]
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The Most Common Mold Scams: HVAC duct replacement Cabinet replacement Drywall removal Replacing insulation Cleaning wood framing in attics Removing tile in showers/tub replacement Crawlspace Encapsulation Air Handler cleaning Installing UV lighting in AC Installing HE filters in AC units Identifying dirt as mold Mildew and staining Replacing flooring Excessive air scrubbing Containment Encapsulation with […]
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There are over 5,000,000 species of fungi, however only about two dozen are found indoors. Molds which prefer to be indoors are different than those found outdoors, even within the same species. Mold growth is very predictable. In fact, we do not even need to know if it is present; we simply need to know […]
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Sampling Methods There are three primary sampling methods used in mold assessment. Reference Method. This is a simple comparison between indoor and outdoor air concentrations. This constitutes a low level, grab sample. This method is intended to be used on large buildings where multiple samples are needed to help isolate concentrations in order to save […]
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You can avoid last minute repair issues with these simple DIY tips: 1. Check your windows before listing. Clean the windows and tracks. Open the windows to make sure they stay in the open position (bank appraisers will fail windows which won’t stay open). Often, window springs need to be exercised so you may have […]
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The current trend in home inspection is to throw 3-4 inspectors at the house so the inspection can be completed in 45 minutes. This allows The 3 Little Inspectors to do 4 home inspections per day. Your realtor loves it because, quite frankly, some think they have better things to do than attend home inspections. That is sort of like finding […]
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Almost nothing is more frustrating to a buyer, seller, or realtor than conflicting roof condition opinions. It is also frustrating to the home inspector who provided the initial opinion when they get “the call”; “so and so said this roof needs to be replaced and you said it had five years of life left” or, […]
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I’m not a marketing expert and unless you appreciate technical truth, I’m not a very good salesman either. Heck, I don’t even “clean up” that well. There is always the telltale sign of a guy who “works for a living,” no matter how fresh the clothes are. While the intent of this blog is to […]
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When it comes to swimming pool, spa, and accent lighting, it’s time for industry professionals to take a fresh look at 12-Volt Lighting Systems. Misconceptions surrounding 12V Lighting run rampant with concerns about brightness level, cost, and installation time. In truth, 12V Lighting can be the brightest, safest, most cost and time-effective option you can … Read More »
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Few of our Florida homes have basements but a great many have elevated finish floors over what is commonly termed a “crawlspace.” A crawlspace is the open area/gap between the finished floor and the ground. They vary in height and accessibility. Some have as little as a few inches between the floor joists and ground … Read More »
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It’s going to be harder to sell older homes… Effective February 7, 2018, Citizens Property Insurance issued new guidelines for 4-Point inspections on homes over 30 years old. Citizens is the largest carrier serving Florida and, no, simply finding a different carrier may not help. This requirement results in more risk and time to the … Read More »
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The realtor and the home inspector share one common, legal requirement – we have a fiduciary duty to protect the buyer. That common requirement is written into law and as such, we are both legally bound to do what we can to protect the buyer from making a significant mistake in purchasing a home. In … Read More »
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MOLD is pervasive. It is a fungi found both indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of species of fungi – the good news is you only have a few which are typically related to indoor air quality issues. That is why you need to understand mold testing. I. Mold and Effects on People: What … Read More »
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