What Is Not Covered In A Home Inspection

Home inspections are a quick, visual look at a buildings condition. Home inspections are not technically exhaustive (would take days and thousands of dollars to complete that type of inspection). Observations are limited to the apparent condition of the building at time of inspection. No invasive or destructive testing will be made. No equipment, systems or appliances will be dismantled. Inspector shall perform the said inspection to accord with [...]

How To Check If Your Home Lacks Safety

Home inspections are often considered to be a one-and-done service. You learn what you need to before you purchase your home—getting an idea of anything and everything that is wrong with it. However, after many years of living securely in your home, things can wear down and no longer function as well as they once did and may require attention—if it is not too late. In some cases, you [...]

Why We Implement Tech In Our Inspections

Technology is ever improving with more and more advanced ways to do something every day. The same is true for building inspections. While we try to ensure we get our eyes on whatever it is we are inspecting—sometimes we need help. For homes, buildings, or other structures with unusually shaped roofs or that are too high to inspect safely, we implement the use of drones to complete a thorough [...]

Homeowner’s Maintenance Checklist

Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters. Many experts will say to change the filters monthly, but that’s not always necessary. For smaller families without pets or allergies, you’ll likely be okay changing the filters every 2-3 months. If the filter is dirty, change it out, otherwise inspect it again next month. I’ve also been told by handymen to go with cheaper filters and replace them more often versus [...]

End Of The Year Review: Importance Of A Septic System Inspection

A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum (fat, oil and grease). Effluent regularly exits the tank into a drainfield where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reentered into the groundwater. Scum and sludge must be pumped periodically and should never [...]

Will A Wind Mitigation Save Me Money?

A wind mitigation is a specific type of inspection that looks for features of a home that will help it withstand high winds and severe weather. This type of inspection is usually requested by an insurance carrier or can be submitted to your homeowner’s insurance provider in order to receive a discount on your insurance premium. What Features Does A Wind Mitigation Inspection Look For? Wind mitigation inspectors will [...]

Tampa Home 4-Point Insurance Inspection

Homeowner’s insurance is a vital way to ensure you aren’t at a loss for covering the cost of repairs should a storm or other event cause extreme damage to your home. Major home repairs are often extremely expensive, and homeowner’s insurance can help mitigate that cost. It is also beneficial if you lose your home entirely due to a disaster. For some insurance carriers, offering a policy may only [...]

Wind Mitigation Inspection:Types Of Features That Are Examined

A wind mitigation inspection is a specific type of inspection that is outside of the scope of a traditional home inspection. Wind mitigation inspections focus on the “storm proofing” features your home has—this is why it is sometimes called a windstorm mitigation inspection. A certified inspector will review your property in full to identify and note any features of the home that help it withstand extreme weather. These inspections [...]

How To Research Tampa Home Inspectors

There are certainly a large number of reputable and trusted home inspectors and commercial building inspectors available—but how do you find them? How do you know if they are as reputable as you are led to believe? When it comes to a home or building inspection, you want to know it is being conducted by a trustworthy professional; someone whose opinion matters—because it does when it comes to an [...]

Realtors: Ways You & Your Seller Can Help Your Tampa Home Inspector

AcuSystem Inspections serves Tampa Bay and surrounding communities throughout Florida. AcuSystem Home Inspectors frequently work in conjunction with realtors to help buyers and sellers alike to get a full understanding of a house on the market. All AcuSystem home inspectors meet or exceed the InterNACHI Standards of Practice and have been conducting home inspection for decades. Sellers sometimes elect to have a pre-listing home inspection in order to get [...]

Can I Get Homeowners Insurance Without An Inspection?

A home inspection isn’t required to be eligible for homeowner’s insurance under most circumstances. They are, however, ideal to have prior to purchasing a home in order to have a good overall expectation of the condition of the home and its main components (like the roof or the air conditioning). Your homeowner’s insurance carrier may request an inspection—one different than a pre-purchase inspection—if the home is older than 25 [...]

These Signs May Indicate Your House Has Termites

These Signs May Indicate Your House Has Termites There are over 2,000 species of termites around the globe, with about 40 of those occupying different regions of the United States. While there are numerous species, they do often look similar and have the same goal—to eat dead wood. This is excellent in wooded areas as termites help to perpetuate the cycle of life, assisting in the breaking down [...]

5 Easy Ways To Bug-Proof Your Home AND Complete General Maintenance

Bugs are a year-round nuisance in Florida. In the warmer months, mosquitoes, ants, roaches, and termites thrive outside. In the colder months, they try to move indoors. There really is no winning—unless you take these 5 steps to help bug-proof your home and yard, then you’ll really be winning when you aren’t dealing with bugs! As an added bonus, these tasks are also things you should be doing to [...]

5 Things Home Inspectors Check During Termite Inspections

If you have concerns for termites in your home—either through seeing one (winged ant looking creature) in person or just seeing potential signs, it is important to have the issue confirmed and addressed as soon as possible. Termites are found in nearly every state—with Alaska being the only state free of these pesky pests. They also cause around $50 billion in damage annual to commercial and residential buildings. When [...]

Home Builders: These Tips Can Help You Pass A Housewrap Inspection

These Tips Can Help You Pass A Housewrap Inspection If you are a homeowner, understanding what housewrap is and its purpose is important if you are looking into buying a new construction home. Homebuilders can benefit from understanding issues that are commonly found with housewrap during an inspection to work diligently from facing those same errors. Housewrap is a sheathing material, usually made from plastic or spun-fiber polyethylene, that [...]

How To Make My Roof Last Longer Or At Least Pass A Home Inspection?

Roofs are a major repair expense—one neither homeowner nor a home buyer want to deal with. So, as a homeowner, how can you ensure your roof is up to par and will have a long-lasting life? Or as a home buyer, ensure the place you are buying won’t turn into an expensive repair nightmare? Preventative Care and Immediate Repairs One of the best ways to avoid a large repair [...]

Building Envelop Inspection: Meeting The Standard

When you look at a building as a structure within an envelope—that is, an outer shell—there are two environments that the building is designed to separate: the inside from the outside.  A building’s envelope, when designed properly, will adequately block those two environments from having influence on the other.  Hence, as builders design and construct the envelope of the structure, they need to keep several performance objectives in mind [...]

Fast, Reliable Building Inspections

Florida statutes provide for the owner of a proposed building to select a private provider to come and perform plan reviews and inspections as mandated by the Florida Building Code.  This action enables you to stay compliant with this Building Code and Local Amendments. AcuSystem Inspections will come onsite, perform these services for you, yet stay within the disciplines covered by our licensure.  Also, our private provider service offers [...]

Warranty Inspections On New Homes

A structural warranty provides a legally binding, written agreement between the home builder and the homeowner. It contractually defines the builder’s work-product obligations related to construction quality and continuing obligations.  Under these kinds of agreements, the builder stands as insured and the homeowner is the prospective beneficiary.  Also worthy of note, realize that warranty insurance is different from liability insurance. In a typical structural warranty agreement, the builder guarantees [...]

5 Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers And Sellers Make

A home inspection is often conducted during the sale of a home to assess the condition of the home, primarily for the sake of the buyer but it can also prove beneficial for the seller as well.  There are a few things both buyer and seller can do in preparation for and to learn from after. Related Article: Truth About Home Inspections: Homes Can’t Actually Fail Research [...]

Indoor Home Maintenance You Should Be Doing This Fall And Winter

The list of things to do as a homeowner always seems to be never ending. We’re here to help pile on that list and ensure you haven’t forgotten anything important to complete as we approach cooler months. Preparing for winter in Florida may be a bit different than our counterparts up north; however, home maintenance is still necessary no matter where we live. Don’t forget to review our list [...]

Ask The Inspector: Outdoor Winter Month Home Preparation

Is there anything I can do to help prepare my home for the winter months? Yes, even in Florida there are maintenance task a homeowner can do to prepare their home for the coming winter months. While these tasks may not be as extensive as what has to be completed up north, they can still help to prolong the life of different aspects of your home and [...]

Deciding Whether Or Not To Make Repairs Recommended On Your Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Having a home inspection conducted prior to listing your home for sale can help you market your home and attract more buyers. It can also better help you prepare for the sale of your home by providing you with more information about your home and any potential issues that need to be address before granting potential buyers a walk-through. Traditionally, prospective buyers are the ones who hire a [...]

Should I Hire A Home Inspector Before Listing My House?

It is most common for potential buyers to request and pay for a home inspection on a house they have serious interest in purchasing—usually when they have a contract on the house and have every intent to follow through with the sale, pending the home inspection results. While letting this responsibility fall on the shoulders of the buyer, putting this expense off on them can also put more [...]