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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.
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.
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:
Products and materials present in our homes are constantly emitting chemicals, called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS) into the air. Exposure to VOCs can cause numerous health issues, from headaches and nausea to respiratory and digestive irritation to asthma exacerbation. Hope Home Inspections wants to ensure that homes are in good working condition and safe for our customers. That is why we have invested in the equipment to provide indoor air quality tests that will give you a total assessment of the air in your new home.
IF THERE WERE A WAY TO ENSURE YOU ARE BREATHING HEALTHY AIR IN YOUR HOME, WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT?
To schedule your VOC testing please call our office at 941-773-1144
Active leaks not only cause high-water usage bills, but can also create a great deal of damage to your home, which can cost you thousands in repair expenses. A vast majority of leaks occur at or near plumbing fixtures like toilets and sinks, but sometimes leaks can be hidden deep within the walls of your home. As a home owner it is very important to know the signs of a potential water leak. Listed below are some signs to help you determine if you have a potential water issue:
1.An Unexpected Increase in your Water Bill.
Home Inspection: what it is… what it is not … and how to get the most out of it!
What it IS:
Buying a home can be a very exciting, but stressful event. This anxiety is usually do to the buyer wanting to ensure that they are making the right decision in their home purchase. Having a home inspection can give you that peace of mind by informing you of the condition of the home. An article from the Huffington Post, written by Hal M. Bundrick, explains the importance of a home inspection and what to expect from your home inspection:
"A home inspection is a lot like a test-driving a new car, only better. Instead of just punching the accelerator and a few dash buttons to see what they do, during a home inspection you’ll have a knowledgeable professional along with you, pointing out details and potential problems you might not notice otherwise.
For the complete article visit: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/
The buying and selling process of a home can be a high stress situation for all parties involved, but having a smooth and trouble-free home inspection can assist in reducing some of this anxiety. As a seller, following these simple tasks described in the video below will help to minimize the amount of issues found during the home inspection. In turn, causing everyone involved to have a more enjoyable home inspection experience. If you would like some more information about our home inspection services please check out our website or call our office at 941-773-1144 and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to help.
Save money as a seller by repairing these most common issues found during a home inspection before listing
Hope Home Inspections has completed thousands of home inspections in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and St. Petersburg area. After reviewing all of our inspection reports, one of our trusted inspectors compiled this list of items commonly found during the home inspection. Finding and repairing these minor issues before listing your home can save you, the seller, money at closing since these issues would not be negotiated into the cost of your home.
10 most common issues discovered by a home inspector:
A wind mitigation inspection is really not an inspection, but a report for your insurance company. The wind mitigation report informs the insurance carrier of a home’s construction to determine its stability in the event of strong winds. The report assesses and notes the age of the home, the age of the roof covering, the method of attachment for the roof decking to the truss/rafters, the roof to wall attachment style (toenail, clips, straps), the geometrical shape of the roof (hip, gable, other), any secondary water resistance that may have been installed during construction/replacement, and the opening protection rating....
Quite commonly, people think of mold as a bad word, but it’s not. Our earth would be inhabitable by humans and animals without mold, therefore making it impossible to ever buy a “mold-free” home. However, an issue arises when there is too much mold. But fear not, our inspectors work closely with one of the best mold testing companies around, InspectorLab. Keep reading to determine if you would benefit from mold testing and which services will fulfill your needs.
The first type of service offered is surface testing. During your home inspection, the inspector looks for evidence of mold, or “microbial” growth. Using a swab or tape lift to sample the growth, they can see if there is evidence if the home has current or former mold growth. Mold growth can come from a variety of different sources such as past water intrusion or excess humidity. It’s recommended to surface test when visible mold is present, evidence of cleanup or removal of mold took place, or to ensure repairs due to mold, performed by a third party, were done properly.
The second type is air quality testing. It is perfectly normal to find mold spores in the air because the environment cannot survive without them, but the air samples taken in the home are based on a baseline sample from the outside and then compared with the air inside. This evidence will help our inspectors determine hidden dangers that could be lurking such as moisture or leaks which would cause the mold spores to be produced. You should consider an indoor air quality test when a recent water event is suspected, a musty smell is noticed, any family members have a high sensitivity to mold or allergies, or recent mold removal took place.
Our third service is a comprehensive moisture evaluation. This involves samples that are tested to evaluate potential health hazards from mold as well as locating any sources of moisture that will eventually transform an area to be wet and moldy. This is a good idea if the home sat vacant for a long period of time or when a major water event happened in the home.
InspectorLab provides clear results in an easy to read report and an exclusive guarantee with their services. If you have mold testing done and the results are good, but mold is visible later on, they will pay to have your mold removed. For a complete copy of the terms and conditions of the InspectorLab Guarantee, click here.
Does you home inspector's insurance help protect buyers and real estate agents AFTER an inspection is completed?
Your home inspector may tell you he is "licensed and insured" but what does that mean and will it really protect you?
Florida Statutes state that a home inspector shall maintain a commercial general liability insurance policy, but does not require a home inspector to carry E&O insurance.
General liability insurance handles cases where an inspector accidentally damages property or causes bodily harm while on the inspection, but what about what happens after the inspection? What happens if the inspector makes a mistake and misses something that a buyer finds after they move into the home? Errors and Omissions insurance is designed for just this situation.
Inspectors are human and mistakes can happen. If an inspector inadvertently misses or simply fails to report an issue that later leads to property damage or bodily injury, E&O insurance helps cover these damages. General Liability insurance does not.
Hope Home Inspections not only carries both GL and E&O coverage, we go even a step further to help protect the Real Estate Agents that refer us by carrying a special rider to help cover agents from being held responsible for any “wrongful act” in our performance or in our failure to perform “inspection services”.
So, the next time you need a home inspector, be sure to ask just exactly what type of insurance they carry and find out if the inspector, the agent and the buyer are really covered.
Below is a link to a great article for buyers, sellers and Realtors on what to expect and how to negotiate issues after your home inspection. It talks about setting expectations and has some great tips on how to deal with issues found.
Everyone knows how stressful buying and selling a home can be. Not only is it often one of the biggest financial events in someone's life, but it is also emotional. Sellers are not just selling a house, they are leaving a home. The reason for buying or selling a home is often exciting; A young couple can finally afford a home, there was a promotion, new job or a new addition to the family. But sometimes it is a sad event and families must move from a home or city they love.
What ever the reason, people can become very emotional during the sale of a home. This article provides some wonderful insight on handling one of the most difficult parts of a real estate transaction.
Click here for the article How to Negotiate issues after a Home Inspection, written by Bill Gassett, the owner of Maximum Real Estate Exposure and a twenty nine year veteran to the Real Estate industry.
Scheduling inspection appointments with all parties can be time consuming and frustrating. Do you often play phone tag when trying to schedule a home inspection? Or when you reach them you then contact all the parties to find the appointment you selected won't work for someone, only to have to call the home inspector back and start all over again???
With our app you can Immediately Book an inspection with NO information.
Its sooooo easy.
The time slot you select will be reserved and we will follow up with you for all the information. EASY!
(It will ask you for more information, such as the address and client information. You can enter that information or just skip the fields, they are NOT required)
With this app you can also view any inspection we have done for your buyers right there on your phone.
If you would like to have this phone app, simply fill out the form below and we will email you easy installation instructions to your personal phone app account.