Our Inspection Packages
We offer three exclusive Home Inspection Packages that allow you to select the range of services you prefer, so you can have peace of mind about buying the home you love. Your report is printed and delivered at the time of the inspection, so there’s no waiting for results. You’ll also have online access to your report anytime.
A professional home evaluation of all major items inside and outside the home is the core of the Pillar To Post inspection. Our inspectors conduct a visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the home including:
- Structural Components
- Roof and Attics
- Accessible Crawlspaces
- Exterior Vegetation
- Screened Enclosures
- Lawn Sprinklers
- Windows and Hardware
- Air Conditioning and Heating
- Plumbing System
- Electrical System
- Driveway and Paving
- Exterior/Interior Lighting
- Gutters and Drainage
- Well Pumps/Water Softeners
- Porches and Balconies
- Kitchen and Appliances
- Bathrooms and Fixtures
- All Interior Living Spaces
- Fireplaces and Chimney
- Washer and Dryers
The Pillar to Post inspector inputs data, digital photos as well as cost estimates for repair into a computerized report that is printed and presented on site.
Town House/Villa Inspections
Our inspectors conduct a visual inspection of all accessible systems and components of the Townhouse/Villa. A roof and termite inspection is sometimes optional for these inspections as they are covered by the association but are always recommended. We want to give you as much information about the property as we can.
The inspector does not report on any features of the building or unit the association is responsible for maintaining.
Our inspectors conduct a visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the Condo.
Seller’s Pre-listing Home Inspections
A Pre-listing home inspection can detect previously unknown problems or potential upgrades that you may wish to address prior to selling your home, which can result in a smoother transaction for both parties.
A Pillar To Post Certified Pre-Inspected Home Provides:
- A regular full inspection in our Pillar To Post® binder at our regular inspection price but with the following added features:
- A Report Commentary for sales purposes which includes a Pre-Listing Preamble and general overview of the home and its current condition.
- A color Photo Section with additional views of the home and some of its better features.
- Fully e-mailable to clients around the world.
- For sales marketing, the Report Commentary together with the Photo Library inserted in a Pillar To Post Marketing Binder to form the “Inspection Feature Sheet”.
- A Certified Pre-lnspected Pillar To Post Lawn Sign.
This is an initial step to determining if a home has a mold problem. The inspector will perform a visual examination of all accessible areas of the property. We enter the attic to determine if there is any evidence of water penetration, past or present. Air conditioning/heating system and duct work is inspected. Walls are also tested for excess moisture. Bathrooms and all visible plumbing located in the property will be inspected for leaks. After the home or business has been thoroughly inspected up to four air and/or surface samples will be collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis. A computer generated report will be available within a 2 working days with the results.
If the report analysis reveals elevated mold reading the next step is consultation with a Certified Industrial Hygienist for remediation.
Florida is the perfect climate for mold to thrive all year and can cause year-round allergic problems. Molds grow in many colors, including white. “Black Mold” is not a species or specific kind of mold, and neither is “Toxic Mold.” How mold affects a particular individual depends on how sensitive that person is to mold.
Did you know: Mold has been found to germinate, grow and produce spores in as little as 24 hours after a water leak?
Termite/Wood Destroying Organisms Inspections
A visual Inspection of accessible areas for active or evidence of past infestation of wood destroying insects to include termites or any wood destroying organism by a state licensed inspector.
New Construction/Pre-Closing Inspections
Completed during the construction process, this type of inspection is a visual examination of all accessible areas of a residential house by a qualified professional home inspector, which is designed to identify observed material defects in the major component groups. These inspections are performed in phases, with reports issued at the completion of each inspection phase. The client is encouraged to attend each phase of the inspection. Typically three phase inspections are performed:
- Footer/foundation/drainage inspection.
- Mechanical rough in inspection and pre-drywall.
- Final phase is a home inspection that includes:
- Property and Site
- Exterior and Garage
- Roof and Attic
- Heating/Cooling systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Bathrooms and Fixtures
- Kitchen and Appliances
- All Living Spaces
Upon completion of the inspection, a computerized Inspection Report with digital pictures of defects is printed on site, and inserted into the Pillar To Post inspection report binder.
Pool and Spa Inspections
We evaluate the condition of all accessible pool and spa components. We identify items that need repair to make the pool operational, safe and reasonable to maintain. We also note the condition of the fence, gates, walkway, pool perimeter, slide, diving board, deck, rails, coping, lighting, structure, and other items of possible concern. Digital photos are taken to assist us in composing the inspection report as well as recommendations for maintenance and repairs.
A visual examination of areas to be determined by the client designed to evaluate whether work requested in a contract addendum has been completed in a satisfactory manner. A copy of the contract addendum and the client, or the clients, representative must be present during the re inspection. A re-inspection report will be issued at the conclusion of the re-inspection.
Wind Mitigation Inspections
Miami-Dade and Broward County are in the High Velocity Wind Zone. All homes should have a wind storm mitigation completed to ensure that the home is receiving the best possible discounts on the homeowner’s policy. The wind mitigation is the only way to receive valuable discounts on the homeowner’s policy. The major components looked for in a wind mitigation is Hurricane Shutters, Roof Geometry, Roof Covering and Roof to Wall Connection. If you are unsure if your home requires a Wind Mitigation it is best to call your insurance agent.
Four Point Inspections
Four Point Inspections are required once the property reaches 30+ years old for most insurance companies. Although, Citizens Insurance is only requiring the Four Point once the property reaches 50+ years old. The Four Point inspection reports on the age/life expectancy of the Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC and the Roof. Please call your insurance agent to find out if the Four Point is required on your home.
An Allergy is an exaggerated immune response to a substance. People and pets can be allergic to almost any substance. However, there are common allergens that a high percentage of allergy sufferers react to when exposed. An asthma attack can occur when you are exposed to things in the environment. Your personal triggers can be very different from those of another person with asthma. Try to avoid triggers.
Some of the most common triggers are:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
Lead Based Paint
If the home was built prior to 1978 the home may contain lead based paint. Most homes built before 1960 may contain heavily leaded paint. This paint could be on window frames, walls, and the outside of the home or other surfaces. Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the U.S. today. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has guidelines on how to handle and remove lead from the home.
Some FHA and VA loans require water testing. Samples are taken from the residence to the lab for analysis. The turnaround time for lab results is 72 hours. The water is tested for Lead, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Nitrate/Nitrite, Total Coliforms and Fecal Coliforms or E-Coli.
Concerned homeowners who have young children that play outside have the soil tested for lead.
Chinese Drywall Inspections
Chinese Drywall refers to defective or tainted drywall imported from China from 2001-2008. The drywall emits sulfur gases which usually (but not always) create a noxious odor and corrodes copper and other metal surfaces. Chinese drywall can damage the air conditioner, electrical wiring, copper plumbing, appliances and electronics. A visual inspection for Chinese Drywall is included in the home inspection.
Testing is performed using EPA protocol for home sellers and buyers. A continuous radon monitor is placed in the home for a 48 hour minimum testing period by a State of Florida Licensed Radon Tester. A Sampling Report is issued with the radon levels by hour and an EPA Overall Radon Average for the sampling period.
What is Radon?
¿Qué es Radón? ¡Aprenda la importancia de las pruebas de Radón!