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 [...]

Why The Age Of Your Electrical System Is Important When Selling Your Home

If you are considering putting your home on the market, be sure to take special considerations if your home is a few decades old before getting yourself a realtor and starting to pack. As years pass by, builders find new and improved ways for building homes that are safer than the old way of doing things. As a result, building codes are updated to reflect these better processes that [...]

The Worst Things To Discover During Your Home Inspection

Getting a home inspection before you purchase a home is necessary to ensure what you are purchasing—and what you are paying—is as expected. Most home inspections are conducted without finding major issues; usually, its minor repairs or noting the age of certain parts of the home that will need repair or replacement soon. Major issues are usually obvious, and the description of homes accurately portray the condition of the [...]

What Every Homeowner Fears But Probably Shouldn’t

Sometimes a home inspection reveals the high probability of a major concern and upon further investigation, it is confirmed. This is often the case when signs of water damage are present and upon a deeper look, mold is discovered in a home that is for sale. For many potential buyers, the discovery of mold can be an automatic disqualifier. However, it doesn’t have to be if you play the [...]

What Causes Mold?

Mold is a fungus that is, technically, everywhere. It grows and becomes a problem in areas that are damp and humid—like the backside of drywall in a small bathroom or under the floor above a crawlspace. Many homeowners are finding that their home is more susceptible to the growth of mold due to the energy-efficient construction. Homes that are well sealed against drafts may prevent an HVAC system from [...]

3 Things Your Home Inspector Wished You Knew

The stage of a home sale where a home inspection is often conducted is where most canceled sales occur. Home inspections can reveal some things about a home that a potential buyer doesn’t have the money, time, or patience to handle. It can also help either side significantly in a sale. A home inspection that comes back with all systems in excellent condition can justify the asking price set [...]

How Often Should I Have A Home Maintenance Inspection?

Home Maintenance Inspections are essentially the same as home inspections that are conducted prior to purchasing a home—but are intended for current homeowners to stay aware of the ongoing needs of their property. These inspections will investigate and report on the major systems and areas of your home, providing advice on general upkeep, maintenance that is required, or coming repairs to expect. Unlike a pre-purchase home inspection, you won’t [...]

Truth About Home Inspections: Homes Can’t Actually Fail

A home inspection may serve as a home’s “report card”, but homes don’t actually pass or fail home inspections even if they may be viewed in such ways. Rather, home inspections highlight areas of major concern that should be repaired. Home inspections are typically conducted prior to the sale of a home, however, can be done during other times. For example, a home inspection may be required by your homeowner’s [...]

Benefits Of Drone Roof Inspections

The growing trend of drone usage is not limited to photographers or videographers. The use of drones is quite endless when you get a little creative and think outside of the box—which we did! To further assist homeowners and property owners throughout the Florida counties we serve, we perform drone inspections for hard to access rooftops and more. Improved Accuracy and Consistency With Drone Rooftop Inspections Aerial inspections conducted by [...]

What To Know About Four-Point Inspections

The purpose of a 4-point inspection is to show your insurance company that the house is worth insuring—either determining that the home is “healthy” or a high insurance claim risk. A 4-point inspection covers (you guessed it!)—4 primary areas of a home: the roof, electrical system, plumbing system, and the HVAC system. These four parts of a home are often the most expensive to repair and the most common [...]

Understanding Blower Door Testing

Back in 2012, the International Residential Code (IRC) put forth a revised set of requirements and building code standards as they do every year. 2012 marked a new era in building codes when the airtightness of home came under scrutiny. What is the airtightness of a home? How is it measured? Essentially, airtightness is measured to determine how well the house was built to minimize risk of moisture intrusion [...]

Why Would My House Need Blower Door Testing?

To fully address this question, we’ll first discuss what a blower door test is and then why your home may need one done. Blower door testing is essentially a test that determines how airtight your home is. Seems pretty self-explanatory, but why would your home need blower door testing? Why does it matter how airtight your home is? For starters, no one has ever liked a drafty house. It usually [...]

What Happens During A Pre-Slab Inspection?

What is a Pre-Slab Inspection? Our pre-slab inspection is carried out on your home base before concrete is poured. This is done to ensure everything is primed and ready for the installation of concrete. Typically, after the concrete is poured, it becomes impossible to tell if any Issues and problems exist within the structure. It is for this reason that a pre-concrete slab inspection is carried out to curb any mishap [...]