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Does A Foreclosed Home Need A Home Inspection?

Foreclosed homes and short sales are a common enough occurrence that it is not unusual for a potential buyer to come across them while home shopping. Recent events pertaining to the pandemic may cause the number of short sales and foreclosures on the market to increase and more buyers unfamiliar with purchasing these types of homes may be wondering, “Does a foreclosed home need a home inspection?” The short [...]

5 Things You Should Know About Your Smoke Alarms

October is fire safety month, and you may have seen some reminders on Facebook from your local fire department or city officials to run through a few basic safety checks to ensure your family and home are safe. The end of the year is also a great time to review all aspects of your home for updates, repairs, and any other potential safety issues. A surprise to many, [...]

When Was Last Time Your Septic System Was Inspected?

Did you know that as a homeowner (or soon to be homeowner) maintaining a septic system will be your sole responsibility—as well as handling any repercussions of failing to maintain your system? There is nothing worse than having to clean up backflow from a poorly maintained septic system—and depending on your insurance coverage, damage to your personal belongings or other property may not be covered. Whether you have been [...]

5 Reasons For An Annual Attic Inspection

An attic is the perfect place to look to find key issues with your home—it’s where problems like pests and roof leaks first show signs. Your attic can also hide other major issues, which is why it is vital to routinely inspect the area for potential problems. When you don’t have the time or desire—or prefer a professional to identify problems—then an annual home maintenance inspection is just what [...]

How To Know If Your Well Water Quality Is Safe

Water is essential to all life. Plants need it; animals need it; people need it. The human body is primarily made up of water (70%!) and can start shutting down if it goes just days without it. While water is essential, clean drinking water can be an issue for some—even right here in Florida. Contaminated well water can lead to a variety of illnesses: cholera, typhoid, lead poisoning, etc. [...]

What To Expect During a Tampa Wind Mitigation Inspection

Hurricanes can cause billions of dollars in damage—with the average cost per hurricane around $21.6 billion. This doesn’t account for the resulting damage caused by tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, both of which can result in millions in economic losses. The severity of Florida storms should never be underestimated by homeowners or property owners. Preparing your home, property, or business becomes a vital step in mitigate your potential losses. We [...]

Create A Hurricane Preparedness Plan for Your Home

With one of the more active hurricane seasons we have seen in a while, it is important to ensure you and your home are prepared in the event one of the storms decides to make its way closer to the Florida shores. For most Florida natives, hurricane preparedness occurs either year-round for some or last minute for others. While you can’t hurricane proof your home 100%, there are things [...]

6 Signs Your Home Might Have Water Damage

Water damage is more common than many people realize—affecting nearly 14,000 individuals’ home or business and costing the insurance industry around two and a half billion per year! These numbers may be higher than you expected but that’s often because most leaks go undetected until it is too late and a major problem is discovered. How to know if you have water damage occurring in your home: Check ceilings, [...]

Common Causes Of Cracked Foundations In Tampa Homes

AcuSystem Inspections has been performing home and property inspections for over two decades. In this time, we have uncovered a variety of hidden issues in a home, including foundation problems that affect the structural reliability of the home or building. When we see a potential concern, like a crack in the foundation, we are sure to inspect further to determine whether the crack was caused by settlement or if [...]

6 Tips For Choosing A Reliable Home Inspector

It is highly recommended for all home buyers to have a home inspection done on a home they plan to purchase. A home inspection can teach you a lot about the home as well as identify any minor or major issues, allowing you to make an informed purchase decision. When deciding on which home inspection company or home inspector to go with, be sure to keep these 5 tips [...]

Why You Need A Home Foundation Inspection

Whether you have just put an offer on a house, plan to sell your home, or want to reassess your home and its systems, a home inspection is the ideal solution for all. Home inspections look at numerous factors of a home—including the most vital: the foundation and structure of the house. There are many variables that could affect the foundation and structure of a home, especially over time. [...]

Foundation Settling vs. Foundation Problems

Settling happens naturally and can cause inconsequential cracks in the walls or foundation of a home. Sometimes, you even see these types of minor cracks in the driveway, sidewalk leading to your front door, or on your porch. The natural settling and movement of a home can also cause major foundation concerns, so how can you tell foundation settling apart from foundation problems? How and Why Foundation Settling Occurs [...]

The Other Inspection You Should Get Before Buying A New Home

Everyone knows that before you buy a home you should hire a home inspector to check for structural, functional, and system issues. What many people don’t know is that there is another type of inspection that could be saving them money! Home inspections are for the buyer’s peace of mind—knowing the true condition of the home they are purchasing. Some home insurance companies may require a home inspection to [...]

What Fixes Are Mandatory After A Home Inspection?

You’ve made your earnest money deposit and signed the home contract. You are currently submitting paperwork with your lender and verifying your financial history and reliability as a borrower. Now, its time for the home inspection. It is important to always have your signed offer contingent upon the home inspection. When you make an offer on a home and sign the contract, you are legally obligated to follow through—unless [...]

The Role Of A Home Inspection

The main purpose of getting a home inspection is to have it assessed for potential structural issues and major repair needs. Inspecting for issues that may not be visible, helps homeowners and home buyers ensure their home is in as good of shape as their exterior leads on.When Should I Have a Home Inspection Done?You should request a home inspection when youAre buying a home so you have a complete [...]

Realtors: Recommending a Home Inspector You Can Trust

Serving in the real estate industry, it is common for realtors and home inspectors to commonly cross paths, usually during the sale process for a home. In many cases, we are referred by realtors we have worked with in the past to help their clients get the full picture of a home they plan to purchase. Realtors aren’t paid or receive commission for referring a home inspector—they simply make [...]

4 Different Types of Home Inspections

Home inspectors are often qualified to perform more than one type of home inspection. At AcuSystem, our home inspectors are licensed by the State of Florida and have additional certifications and training to enable us to perform a wide range of inspection services. There are several types of home inspections—even more than those listed before. You can read more about each in our navigation menu! Each of the available [...]

7 Affordable & Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Season

Summer is here, and in Florida, that means hot weather and hurricane prep! It is important for homeowners and home renters to adequately prepare their home for hurricane season. By doing so, you can take steps to protect your home against damage, and by starting now, you won’t be making last minute runs to home repair stores for supplies that are running low. Here are some easy, and often [...]

Better Gift Ideas For Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is around the corner and common go-to gifts like ties, grill accessories, and power tools are flying off the shelves. However, before getting dad a “traditional” gift, rethink your options and reconsider gifting dad something more beneficial in the long term. As home inspectors, we see some very creative DIY repairs and additions to a home or problems caused by improper usage of power tools—like nails through [...]

Homeowner’s Summer Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning has nothing on Summer’s to do list—with the longer days and more sunshine, many homeowners get outside to work on the exterior of the home and those projects they have been putting off since Winter.Some of the most common and most important things to get done this summer are: Inside Maintenance: Repair and clean the grout in the kitchen, bathroom, or wherever [...]

Annual Home Maintenance Inspection And Hurricane Season

As Florida’s hurricane season is about to launch (June 1st), many homeowners are beginning to take the appropriate steps to prepare for the coming storms—stocking up on canned goods, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, and propane or charcoal for the grill. Some may be pulling their hurricane panels and shutters for the windows out of the garage or attic to have easy access should they need to install them quickly. [...]

Must-Do Common Repairs Before Selling Your Home

If you are considering selling your home, you are likely taking a look around to see what kinds of repairs are needed or anything that could turn away a potential buyer. Depending on the age and condition of your home, you may see a long list of repairs or nothing that catches your eye. The best way to know which repairs should be addressed to improve your chances of [...]

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 [...]

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