Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained professionals we’ll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Home owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
Our home inspection is an analysis of the property’s condition, potential upcoming major repairs, fire hazards, home safety and health risks to you and your family. The inspection will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge about your new home and an understanding of its components and systems as well as home maintenance tips to help you protect your investment. See our Inspection Overview.
Our home inspection offers you a great marketing tool, giving you a competitive advantage over other homes on the market – helping you sell your home faster at the highest possible price. It provides for full disclosure and gives the buyer greater peace of mind. It may also give you the opportunity to make repairs to your home in advance, helping expedite the sale of your home. Pre-sale inspections are wise for anyone considering putting their home on the market. See our Inspection Overview.
Wind Mitigation Insurance Inspections
In 2006, Florida became the first state in the nation to mandate that insurance companies offer reductions in insurance costs for homes that have wind mitigating properties (roof attachments, window protection, etc.). The inspection for these mitigating properties is required to be performed by a qualified inspector. We are qualified to perform the Florida Wind Mitigation Insurance Inspection, and the resulting report will most likely save you significant cost on your annual home owner’s insurance bill. See our Inspection Overview.
Pool & Spa Inspections
These valuable and desirable features can add value to your home and increase its attractiveness as an investment. However, they can also be expensive to repair. It’s good to know the condition of a pool or spa system when evaluating a property. We inspect these systems and provide you with an accurate analysis of their current condition and indicate potential problem areas.
Unfortunately, termites are a problem in Florida. A well-organized subterranean termite colony can have more than a million workers and consume over 100 pounds of wood per year. Some structures are more prone than others to attract termites, but even concrete block home have wood components, including the attic and roof. Termite activity often goes undetected. If termites find a crack as thin as a credit card in a home’s structure, they can get in and eat away without visible signs. HomeAlert offers a complete termite inspection process through a third party contractor. This inspection is normally scheduled to be completed by the contractor at the same time as the normal home inspection.
Some of the homes in our inspection service area have septic systems instead of municipal sewers. In fact, most of the homes in Sebastian are currently on septic systems. Properly installed and maintained, a septic system will provide years of dependable service. However, they do require regular maintenance in the form of periodic clean-outs. Having the septic system inspected during a home inspection is important because a failed system is typically $3,500 to $5,000 to replace. HomeAlert offers septic system inspection services through a third party contractor. Septic system inspections are normally scheduled to be completed at the same time as the normal home inspection.
Most homes do not require an elaborate inspection for mold or other toxic substances. Mold is naturally present to some extent, so tests will always show something. Mold requires a water source and is usually the result of a water leak (roof, pipes, fixtures, air conditioning, etc.). Most mold problems can be detected through sight and smell. If mold is encountered, the Florida Department of Health recommends skipping the testing and going directly to cleaning the area and eliminating the water source. If mold testing is then required (or desired), HomeAlert offers a mold testing service through a third party contractor.
Chinese (toxic) Drywall
Chinese (toxic) drywall was a significant problem in Florida after the 2004 – 2005 hurricane seasons and domestically produced drywall became in short supply. Large quantities of contaminated drywall was imported from China to meet demand, and the toxicity of the drywall itself was not recognized until after it was placed in homes. Homes built between 2004 and 2007 were the most likely targets, but the drywall itself was also used in reconstruction projects. Some of the major home builders honored their commitment to their customers and replaced the drywall at huge expense. Other builders did not. Greg Hansen is a Certified Toxic Drywall inspector. We inspect every home for the presence of toxic drywall, and typically stop the inspection process if there is any doubt.
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon and testing is the only way to determine if radon is a problem in your home. While elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state, HomeAlert tested for the presence of radon gas in Indian River County for several years and the results always came back well below the EPA’s recommended action level of 4pCi/L. Radon is usually found in igneous rock and soil (granite), but in some cases well water is also a source. Most of the radon issues in the northern climates are found in basements and underground work areas, as the gas is 9X heavier than air. HomeAiert does not currently have a standard test for radioactive gas, but we can arrange for a radon evaluation of your property, if requested.