Insulating your attic space thoroughly is one aspect of your home you should constantly monitor/maintain. Insulation does a number of things, but perhaps most importantly it prevents gradual damage from happening to the living space of your house.
There are two important concepts when it comes to insulation. The first is the amount of heat that comes into and stays within the home. The other is the amount of moisture your home experiences in a given year. Insulation is a sealant or barrier that slows down the amount of heat loss into the attic/exterior of the home and prevents water vapor from seeping in and eroding the home's sheetrock.
As you can imagine, there are a number of different types of insulation. Below, is a chart of the most common insulation types. Take a look at the chat to help determine which kind insulation is present within your home.
With everyone working hard to limit the spread and exposure of COVID-19, we understand attending a final "walk through" prior to closing may be difficult and stressful for out-of-town buyers and those who are currently practicing self-quarantine/social distancing.
To alleviate some of this stress, we will perform a live virtual/video walk through of the home with the buyer, so they can see the home's condition, ask questions, and be comfortable closing.
This service can be order with a full home inspection or as a stand alone service.
This service will include:
Be Confident buying your new home...
Call 941-773-1144 to schedule a video walkthrough.
We understand that with the new regulations and mandates, it maybe confusing as to what this means for Real Estate and related services.
Here is what we know...
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under Homeland Security has identified several businesses and services which they consider to be "essential" in order to secure critical infrastructure within our nation. Included in this advisory list "Residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services" are considered essential services.
On April 1, 2020 Governor DeSantis said that the state of Florida will abide by the list outlined by the Department of Homeland Security during the "Stay at Home" order.
(For more information on DeSantis' order click here.)
Hope Home Inspections provides a real estate service and will continue to provide inspections and other services for Realtors and customers during the "Stay at Home" order.
We will continue to take extra precautions while at properties (use disposable gloves, masks, etc) and practice social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We can also provide visual/video walk-throughs of properties if customers or agents are unable or uncomfortable being at the property. Please call our office at 941-773-1144 for details.
In an effort to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have the following protocols in place:
Your business is important to us and if there is anything we can do to improve these protocols or assist you in anyway during this difficult time, please let us know.
Below is a list of the 5 ways to get the most out of your home inspection:
1- Hire an experienced home inspector from a professional company.
2- Attend the inspection.
3- Read the entire report, not just the summary.
4- Get quotes from a licensed contractor for repairs
5- Work with your Realtor
Know what you are buying and be confident in your home purchase..
Many Sellers don’t want to spend any money when listing their homes and they often think there are no defects within their home. But ask them… “When was the last time you walked on your roof, crawled through your attic, took the cover off your electrical panel, or looked at the coils in your A/C system… are you sure there are no defects?”
Here are 4 reasons how a Seller can actually SAVE MONEY BY SPENDING MONEY on a pre-listing inspection.
1- Save money on repairs
2- Avoid delays in closing
3- Reduce or eliminate last-minute negotiations on price or repairs
4- Get top dollar for the home
Being able to advertise the house has been inspected and is in move-in ready condition helps attract buyers and gives them peace of mind they are getting a sound home. Bringing in top dollar for a house. Sometimes buyers even waive their rights to have the home inspected if it has already been inspected, saving them money and eliminating any last-minute price negotiations.
BUILDERS & CODE INSPECTORS DON'T FIND EVERYTHING...
1 - Missing insulation in portions of attic and other areas
2 - Incorrectly wired electrical outlets
9 - Slab lippage, where the slab extends beyond the exterior wall
10 - Garage door safety function not working properly
(That you won’t see, and Sellers often don’t know exist)
When you are searching for a new home you aren’t climbing on the roof or through the attic or checking that all the appliances and electrical outlets work. But our inspectors check more than 300+ items in a typical home. Below are just a few of the issues that we often find during an inspection. Many of which a home owner living in the house didn’t even know were a problem.
1. Torn Duct Work in attic- Repairing or replacing the ducts can be costly but this problem can cause higher energy bills, overwork the system, distribute debris/dust from attic into home and clog up the filter.
Below is a pre-inspection checklist of simple things to be completed prior to a home inspection, which can be printed off and shared. These simple items are easy to do, but are a lot of times forgotten about.
Save yourself time and stress by completing these simple tasks before your home is inspected.
Mobile homes receive the same thorough and detailed inspection as our standard home inspection. However, with mobile homes we also provide a specialty crawlspace inspection.
Additionally, we include a FREE infrared inspection of the interior of the home.
Items examined during crawlspace inspection: