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How To Pass A Blower Door Test

Since July 2017, the Florida Building Code was updated to require new residential homes to undergo a blower door test—and pass it. In Section 402.4.1.2, the blower test must have 7 air changes or fewer an hour. The Florida Building Code also specifies the “blower door testing shall occur after the rough in and after installation of penetrations of the building envelope, including penetrations for utilities, plumbing, electrical, ventilation [...]

Are You Required To Get A Blower Door Test in Florida?

Having a blower door test conducted on new construction is a newer requirement that some potential homeowners may be unaware of—especially if they have previously built a home in Florida prior to the new changes and were not required to have one done. This unexpected development can lead many to wonder if a blower door test is actually necessary. We’re here to help explain what a blower door test [...]

What Inspections Are Required On A New Home Build?

If you are having a new home built, you may be curious as to what inspections and testing are required throughout the building process; your thoughts may wonder what is required and what is recommended—and if you should follow the recommendations or if they are just a way to get more money out of you. What Inspections Are Required On A New Home Build? New home construction requires inspections [...]

Tampa Home Inspection Requirements For Heating Systems

All Florida home inspectors are required to adhere to the State of Florida Home Inspection Standards Of Practice. Regarding inspecting the home’s heating system, home inspectors must inspect the following: (1) HVAC systems and components include heating and air conditioning systems and components and HVAC distribution systems and components. (2) Heating and air conditioning systems and components. (a) The heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and components include the [...]

Tampa Home Inspector Talks Pest Inspections

A pest inspection is not part of a typical home inspection. Granted, a home inspector will note in their report if they discover any indication of pests during a home inspection; however, not all pests may leave obvious signs of their presence. Home insurance typically excludes pest-related issues and the cost of pest control can be significantly more than the cost of inspection. Pest inspections may be desired for [...]

Do I Need Other Inspections If I’m Buying A House?

When buying a new home, most homebuyers are aware they should have a home inspection done or are advised of having one done during the buying process. However, there are other types of inspections that are more in-depth for certain aspects of a home—like inspections to check for pests or mold—or are for specific purposes, such as getting home insurance, that are not included in a traditional home inspection. [...]

5 Design Trends Home Inspectors Deem Unsafe

Budget-friendly DIY upgrades and remodels can be a great tactic for improving a home’s value with little investment, but some DIY’s we have seen can range from potential minor damage to likely dangerous. Even when the work is completed by a professional, it is important to keep some of the design trends in mind that can actually be quite harmful. Floating Shelves A common décor feature [...]

What Are The Signs Of Foundation Problems?

Your home is most likely the most important and most expensive investment you will ever make. And that is why it is important to make sure you are protecting it. You already know that it is important to make sure you have homeowner’s insurance and to make sure you keep up with the regular maintenance on your home, but how can you tell if there is a more serious [...]

Advantage Of An Acusystem Home Inspection During The Winter

While some may shy away from getting their home inspected during the winter, here at AcuSystem we encourage it! The cold definitely poses some temperature challenges, but it does not restrict us from being able to perform an exceptional inspection on your home. We also hold the benefit of living further south, where temperatures don’t drop nearly as far, leading to fewer challenges than our northern counterparts may experience. [...]

6 DIY Repair Tricks To Try When Your Furnace Is Not Working

Before we know it, the temperatures in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas will start to drop—and maybe get low enough to turn up the heat. However, when not used very frequently, furnaces may encounter a few hiccups, many of which can be simply repaired. Before you call for a technician try these easy tricks and tips. Having a dirty filter is one of the most common reasons for [...]

Why Fall & Winter Are Ideal For An Acusystem Termite Inspection In Florida

While termites can cause issues in your home at any time of the year, both fall and winter can be the ideal time to conduct a termite inspection. Here are a few reasons to have an annual termite inspection completed before the year is out. During Spring and Summer, termites can be easily found in mud tubes, nests, or based on droppings. Although they are very much still [...]

Do These Things Before You Put Your Home on The Market Part 2

We recently discussed how depersonalizing your home, researching selling agents and the real estate market, as well as opting for a pre-listing home inspection are great first steps before selling your home, but there is much more to discuss! You can read these other home preparation tips here. Once you have a real estate agent and a home inspection report in your hand, you are ready to take next [...]

Do These Things Before You Put your Home on The Market – Part 1

Have you considered moving out of your home recently? Thinking of putting your home on the market? Make sure before you do you are well informed on what needs to be done before you can put your home on the market and be ready to sell. The following are some steps to take before putting your home on the market: Depersonalize your home When you’re getting ready to sell [...]

Tampa Home Inspector Advises Seasonal Well Maintenance Testing

We’ve discussed general home maintenance during the Fall season in our other blog, Indoor Home Maintenance You Should Be Doing This Fall And Winter, and even followed up with more tips in “Preparing for Fall and Winter: Home Maintenance Advice from a Tampa home Inspector.” Now we are going to dive even deeper to other aspects of your home that may not get a lot of attention, or maintenance—such [...]

Preparing for Fall and Winter: Home Maintenance Advice from a Tampa home Inspector

While here in Florida we don't experience seasons to their full extent, we do still have them, and those Fall/ Winter months are right around the corner. Preparing your home for the following months is a must, there are many checkpoints of our home that we must ensure are ready for the colder weather ahead. Maintenance your home for the fall and winter helps to ensure a longer lifespan [...]

Realtors, Are You Asking the Right Questions & REALLY Doing Right by Your Clients?

Home inspections are scheduled by Realtors, Insurance Agents, Mortgage Pro's and many other representatives for their clients. But these clients aren't always being represented to the best of their ability because they do not know the right questions to ask to be sure that they are perusing the best home inspector for their client. Aside from pricing and availability, the client’s best interest needs to be considered too. If [...]

Household Appliance Life Expectancies

How long until I need a new dishwasher? What is the normal time a garbage disposal work for before having to replace it? We have the answers for you! Our home inspectors have reviewed thousands of homes and receive continual education in our field—we’ve gotten pretty good at estimating the life expectancy of common household appliances. We’ve paired our training and experience with recommendations provided by leading manufacturers of [...]

Why Home Inspections Will Never Be Virtual

Covid has definitely shaken up our world as we know it. So many businesses and companies are now perusing a virtual route and working remotely. While that is a great way for many to continue to work and stay safe from the virus, that is not possible for every industry. The idea of taking a virtual route for home inspections was put out there in social media and immediately [...]

Dryer Vent Safety: 3 Practical Requirements Every Homeowner Should Know

Your dryer operates through a process of evaporation via hot air. The dryer blows hot air, heated by an electrical heating element or gas burner depending on your dryer set-up, over the clothing as it tumbles around inside, enabling an even dry across each piece of clothing. The evaporated water (water vapor) becomes airborne, is pulled out of the dryer and exits the home through an exhaust duct/dryer vent. [...]

10 Most Common Issues Found In Home Inspections

Hundreds of thousands of homes get inspected every year. Whether it be for buying, selling, or just piece of mind for the homeowner, home inspections are done all the time. So, it is common for the same or similar issues to be present during a home inspection and lead us to recommend key areas for homeowners (and buyers) to pay particular attention to. Here are the top 10 issues [...]

How To Become A Licensed Home Inspector In Florida

As we approach the “Back To School” season, we thought we would change things up a bit for this blog and discuss a career as a home inspector. Collectively, AcuSystem Inspectors hold decades of experience and nearly as much in education and training—and that’s because our training and education has never ended. If you are interested in becoming a home inspector, it is important to note that you never [...]

Negotiation Tips For Investors Following The Home Inspection

So, you've placed an offer on a property and it’s been accepted, that’s great! But any good investor knows that that’s not the end all be all of buying a home. Being able to negotiate the results of your properties home inspection is the neck hurdle you face. Negotiating the results of the inspection are very important as an investor and below are some tips for how to best [...]

5 Home Inspection Defects That Should Send You Running

Before buying a new property, the pre-purchase home inspection is a very important piece of the process that can leave the buyer feeling a series of mixed emotions. Almost always, there a little thing here and there that need to be fixed or corrected and that if expected because no house is 100% perfect. But if you see any of the following problems arise from your home inspection... consider [...]

Summer Home Maintenance Tips For New Homeowners

Maintaining your home is the best form of a prevention plan for the many different parts of your house that need some checking up on from time to time. Keeping a maintenance plan in place prevents important structures of the home from costly repairs in the long run. The summer is a great time of year to acknowledge those parts of your home that need checked up on. The [...]

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