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: Repair and clean the grout in the kitchen, bathroom, or wherever else tile may be in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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