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Indoor Air Quality Testing And Contaminants

Indoor air quality is an important feature of any home or business, especially in a hot state like Florida where many people spend the majority of their time indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people spend 90% of their days inside and that indoor air quality is on their list for the 5 most dangerous environmental health risks. Read More: What Are You Breathing? Indoor Air [...]

What Are You Breathing? Indoor Air Quality Facts & Statistics

Newer home construction is based on a “tighter” building process in order to conserve energy. While homes may not leak air-conditioned air and in turn waste energy in constantly cooling, they do unfortunately cycle the same air throughout your home. This means any air pollutants in your home are trapped and could potentially be making you sick. The following statistics and facts are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency [...]

Importance of Well Water Testing

AcuSystem Inspectors have recently found well water with bacteria at multiple homes. Is your water safe? Testing the water from a well on your property is an important aspect of maintain your well and ensuring your water comes from a safe and reliable source. The results of well water testing can help you identifies issues of concern within your well water system as well as identify the type of [...]

A Message From John A. Swain – Founder of AcuSystem

With 45 years inspection experience, I learned a lot about managing and maintaining a business with the highest standards. AcuSystem strives to be the best and give more to our customers. Our inspectors are better trained to provide top quality Home inspections. We offer more ancillary inspections than our competitors including Insurance inspections, Mold Evaluations, Water Quality Testing, Energy Efficiency Surveys, Air Duct leakage Tests, Annual Maintenance Inspections, and [...]

7 Reasons Why Investors Should Have A Home Inspection

Investors sometimes forgo an inspection saying, “It’s an older home with issues. I know what I’m getting into.” However, an Insurance Inspection later often reveals problems and expenses that could have been avoided if found in a pre-purchase home inspection. Too late! AcuSystem encourages investors to have a pre-purchase inspection. The Exterior of the Home - Investors need to know that the structure of the home is sound or [...]

Should I Continue With The Purchase Of A New Home During COVID-19?

COVID-19 has brought with it an unprecedented way of continuing our lives while managing the disruptions sheltering in place requires to break the curve of the pandemic. For many, this includes a disruption to their home buying process. Regardless of where in the process you are in completing your home sale or home purchase, real estate is considered an essential business operation in Florida at this point in time. [...]

Continuing Coronavirus Updates: Home Inspector COVID-19 Training

As the days and weeks pass, it just seems like things are getting crazier—and there is still a lot of confusion on how to best proceed. At this time, AcuSystem Inspections is still open for business and is continuing to perform home inspections , building inspections, and other inspections for out clients. You can read all about the precautions we are taking in full on our last blog: Or, [...]

COVID-19 and Home Inspections

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that is on the minds of most people these last few weeks has caused unprecedented reactions from individuals, businesses, and governments. This includes the inspectors of Tampa Bay area’s home and building inspection company—AcuSystem Inspections. We have been following the recommendations of the CDC very closely (in addition to our regular health and wellness precautions during and after our home and other building inspections). As [...]

8 Projects To Help Sell Your Home This Year

Have you been considering listing your home or are you actively looking for a real estate agent to sell your home and move this year? If you want to sell your home quickly, there are a few things you can do to upgrade your home and make it more attractive to sellers. Some home repairs can be more beneficial than others to entice potential buyers. Below is a list [...]

How A Home Warranty Works

Buying a home is a big deal, most consider it the most important financial decision you’ll make in your lifetime. So, wouldn’t you do everything you need to in order to protect it? We don’t just mean getting homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance can protect your home, but it is typically limited to what it can cover—mainly the structure, outbuildings, and select belongings—and when. Homeowners insurance restricts claims to select [...]

Tampa Home Inspector Reveals 7 Things You Should Never Keep In Your Attic

Attics seem like great little spaces to store seasonal items—freeing up the storage space in your closets for items you need regularly such as towels or linens. Plus, by keeping them in the attic, they aren’t in your garage and you may be able to use your garage to actually park in it. Except, attics are actually terrible places to store most items you may want to put up [...]

Hidden Signs Reveal Mold In Your Home

You hear mold is everywhere—you can’t avoid it—and that its only an issue when it finds the right conditions in your home to begin growing a colony. But, when that happens—will you know? Below are major indicators you may have mold growing in your home, even if you can’t see it. The Chimney Smells “Weird” Many Florida homes surprisingly have a chimney—and they can be a breading ground for [...]

5 Home Inspection Tips For Motivated Sellers

You’ve listed your house for sale and your realtor is hard at work to attract potential buyers to come view the property. The next step in the process is a big one and can make or break the sale—the buyer makes an initial offer and schedules a home inspection. A condition of following through with their offer is the results of the home inspection (a common practice in most [...]

How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost – And Other FAQs

When you are buying a home, a home inspection helps to provide insight into this major purchase. Not only does a pre-purchase home inspection help identify issues that could be wrong with the home, it also provides you with an idea of the maintenance that is required and how many of the major operating systems are functioning—and how to work them. In the state of Florida, home inspections are [...]

Home Inspectors Reveal 10 Key Areas To Inspect During Final Walk Through

Shortly before closing on your new home, you will be provided the opportunity to take a final walk through to ensure nothing has happen in the month leading up to the sale of the home. This is an important step you should take advantage of and with a keener eye than when you first viewed the home. You may notice some things you didn’t before. Here are 10 things [...]

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 [...]

3 Warning Signs Something Major Is Wrong With Your Home

Homes require maintenance and upkeep to keep it safe from damage, but sometimes, things can happen outside of our control. It is important to stay vigilant in your inspection of your home in order to identify areas of concern before they turn into something major. There are three main problems that can occur in your home that we will go over: water damage, plumbing issues, and exterior issues. Water [...]

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 [...]

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