The process usually takes between one and three hours depending on the size and condition of the home. Age of the structure is also a consideration. You should also factor in if any additional services, should they need to be provided. As a matter of customer service, the realtor should go through the inspection process with the buyer so that areas of concern can be discussed, helping the buyer feel educated about specific areas to watch for as the home ages.
Settlement cracks are a normal part of Florida homes. Small cracks will occur on the exterior stucco and concrete slab due to normal settling. If the cracks continue to grow and get larger than 1/8th of an inch, then our home inspectors will report it as a concern and look for reasons behind the growth of the defect.
Every AcuSystem inspector is certified and trained to meet the highest industry standards.
As standards change, we have a system in place to bring these changes to their attention. We also ensure the inspector’s continuing education. There are technical aspects involved with maintaining an inspector’s credentials and we make sure our inspectors stay up to date with that knowledge too.
Believe us, the client will genuinely appreciate it if you can be there on the date of the home inspection. By walking through the process with an inspector, you and your client will be given the chance to do all this:
- Observe each component in the house and note its condition.
- Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of the new home. This is a great time to explain how the a/c system works. You can show your client how the heater turns on. What the correct temperature of the hot water tank should stay within. You might ask your client to prepare a list of concerns or questions he/she has about the property, then communicate those issues to you in advance so you can address them. Of course, have your client bring that list to the inspection.
- Educate the client on areas that require more attention and differentiate those of less concern. For instance, an exposed beam above a wall may only need a coat of paint to help the appearance of the room. Or, an area where a pipe enters the laundry facility may need occasional attention in case moisture gathers at the point of entry or behind the appliance.
Most inspections will include nearly 400 items, at least. Some of the major components of the inspection will be the foundation, structural components, roof, and possible points of moisture entry. Of course, all plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems will be closely examined. Every relevant part of the home that deserves inspection will be addressed.