Tips For Realtors And Their Sellers Preparing For Pre-Listing Inspection

A home inspection can be a vital tool when selling a home—it’s not just for potential buyers. A pre-listing inspection can help your client to determine areas of concern or repair and remove any surprises that could be used as price negotiation points during the home sale process. While it is important to allow the home inspector to be nit-picky when going throughout your home to ensure a thorough [...]

The Other Home Inspection Your Buyer Should Consider

Many are familiar with the term 4-point inspection but not many know what a 4-point inspection consists of. There is a difference between a home inspection and a 4-point inspection; a 4-point inspection is more geared toward the home’s health in 4 areas: electrical, HVAC, roof, and plumbing whereas a home inspection reviews over 400 different aspects of a home. Home Insurance and 4-Point Inspections Home inspections are not [...]

Should Real Estate Agents Attend the Home Inspection?

As a home inspector, there is no say so on our side as to whether you (the real estate agent) should or should not attend the home inspections. There are both Pro's and Con's to attending and this decision is first made by the states rules and then made by the agent or what the homeowner wants. In Florida, the real estate agent is not required to attend the [...]

How Realtors Can Help Their Clients Prepare for the Home Inspection

Preparing for a home inspection doesn't have to just be a job for the homeowner. A listing agent can help take some of that pressure off the homeowner by helping to get the home ready for its inspection. What can you do as a listing agent to help your client? Your job as the realtor in the home inspection process is to help alleviate conflict and negotiations. A home [...]

Can Offering A Home Warranty Help Sell A Home?

Home warranties are a safety net when buying a new build and a wild card when it comes to buying an older home. How can you (the realtor) know when to push for that warranty when your client is buying a home or if offering one will help sell the home? This article is going to help you make the right decision together with your client whether to offer [...]

Building Relationships: Realtors and Home Inspectors

Here at AcuSystem Inspections, the relationship between our realtors and home inspectors is very important to us! There is research that proves a positive relationship between an inspector and a realtor allows for more homes to be sold through realtors. This info comes from the National Association of Realtors from their experience and numbers in 2016. Buyers have the option to choose their own home inspector, but statistics show [...]

Insuring Roofs In Florida: Inside Tips From Local Home Inspector

Have you noticed your homeowner’s insurance has increased steadily over the past years? Are you having trouble finding a home insurance company to insure your new home purchase? Have you seen a significant increase in your home insurance premium this year? The reason may be the home’s roof. All Florida home insurance carriers have started to tighten up their age requirements and restrictions for roofs—as well as other critical [...]

The Importance Of Mold Inspections When You Suspect Mold

Mold in a home or business can be both harmful to the structure of the property and those who are inside of the property. Mold is often very toxic and damaging on all fronts and having a mold inspection can help to prevent mold growth or cure growths that are present. What Causes Mold To Grow? Signs of water damage or water intrusion are the most common culprits of [...]

What Your Tampa Home Inspector Can & Cannot Tell You

So, you’re looking to have a home inspected; here’s some insight on information you can and can’t expect to receive from your home inspector and some tips for you to get the most out of your home inspectors visit. Tips for Gaining the Most Knowledge from the Home Inspection as Possible: Follow the home inspector through every step of the process. Ask questions and if you are unsure on [...]

5 Questions To Ask Your Tampa Home Inspector

What Does a Florida Home Inspection Entail? A standard home inspection is a "visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a home". The inspections are non-intrusive and rely mainly on the eye of the home inspector with what they see/ don't see. A home inspector will never move around furniture or the personal belongings of a client. A home inspector will also never take pieces of [...]

3 Ways To Prevent Mold In The Home

Tips for preventing mold growth in your bathroom, kitchen, and other mold hotspots. Mold infestation of the home can be a costly and disastrous event. In addition to the required repair to floors, walls, and damaged furniture, mold can also complicate existing health issues such as asthma or cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory issues after prolonged exposure. It is vital to reach out to a professional mold inspection company [...]

Signs You Need A New Roof

Roofs are typically long-lasting, many holding up for 25 years or more; however, that doesn’t mean they are immune from damage. Weather, storms, and lack of routine maintenance can cause a roof’s lifespan to shorten. How do you know when it is time for a new roof? These five scenarios are some of the most common indicators a new roof is needed. Age of Roof As we mentioned, roofs [...]

Benefits Of A Pre-Listing Inspection For Home Sellers

When you are planning to sell you home, there is a checklist of things to do—contact a realtor, prep the home for listing photos, and determine your asking price. One thing to add to your checklist is having a pre-listing home inspection done. Pre-Listing Inspections Can Prevent Surprises Homebuyers will most likely opt to conduct a home inspection before they complete the purchase of a home. In this inspection, [...]

3 Methods To Improve Energy Efficiency At Home

How To Effectively Lower Your Energy Bill Your monthly energy bill may seem like the cost of fuel has skyrocketed; you haven’t changed your usage but the amount you owe each month is increasing or higher than you think it should be. Sound familiar? While the cost of energy has fluctuated in recent years, the most common cause behind rising costs is actually your home. As your home ages, [...]

Fire Pit Safety Tips For A Tampa Winter From A Home Inspector’s Perspective

As the New Year approaches and the weather continues to stay cool in the evenings, you may be preparing for a bonfire or an outdoor gathering around a fire pit in your backyard—or you already have and are planning another. As a homeowner, there are a few important things to consider before lighting the fire—considerations you may not have made because they come from the perspective of a home [...]

5 Essential Elements of a New Construction Inspection

New build, no problems—right? That is what you would expect, and for the most part, it is what you get. But you don’t know for sure until you have a professional home inspector verify your new build is up to code and without major issues. Do I Need A Home Inspection With New Construction? Yes, it is in your best interest to have one done. Any errors in the [...]

What Is Checked During a Pre-Drywall Inspection

Over the last decade there were nearly 7 million homes built, including one and a half million custom built homes according to National Association of Home Builders, and even with 2020 being a year most of us would like to forget, home building hasn’t slowed much. That’s quite a few new construction homes that hit the market—hopefully, these new home construction buyers opted for an inspection! Although new construction [...]

Why A Commercial Building Inspection Is Crucial Before Buying A Business

While many Florida business owners may lease the property they operate from, many others still purchase the building and/or the lot. There is a risk in purchasing a commercial building, especially if you are starting out or expanding your business. A major repair need could put you out of business, so before your close the deal on the commercial property, request a commercial building inspection. Just as when buying [...]

What Should I Look For In A New Construction Walkthrough?

The Multi-Point New Construction Final Inspection and Walkthrough Guide For Buyers Buying a new construction home is an exciting journey—you have the chance to build your dream home and options to get it fully move-in ready. From selecting built-in shelving and designing the ideal layout to selecting wall colors and flooring, the home is perfect, right? Before the final closing and exchange of keys, there is a final [...]

Do I Need A Home Inspection With New Construction?

The short answer is yes; you should have a home inspection conducted on a new construction house. While the home may be brand new, it may not be without its flaws—and flaws can become quite costly in the long run, especially if you are unaware of the looming issue. How Important Are New Construction Home Inspections? Like a regular home inspection, a new construction inspection is an unbiased, third-party [...]

Is An Inspection Required For Homeowners Insurance?

In Florida, home inspections are not required by law; however, most home buyers are aware, or are made aware during the buying process, of their right to have a home inspection done before following through on the purchase of a home. Also, many lenders require one as part of the process for qualifying for a loan. It is in a new buyer’s best interest to have a home inspection [...]

Why Is My Homeowner’s Insurance Going Up?

You may have recently received a notice from your homeowner’s insurance about your policy renewal and your new premium for next year. While many homeowner’s pay their homeowner’s insurance through escrow, it is important to review this information and see if your policy’s premium has increased. If your homeowner’s insurance did increase, there may be a reason why and something you can do about it. Why Is My Homeowner’s [...]

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 [...]

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