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Do I Need A 4-Point Inspection When Buying A Home?

Do I Need A 4-Point Inspection When Buying A Home?

A 4-point inspection is not a comprehensive home inspection and does not necessarily include a deficiency list or a detailed analysis, which would be part of a comprehensive inspection.   When buying a home, a comprehensive home inspection is recommended. Buyers use...

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Hard Water

Hard Water

Hard water is the result of excessive amounts of minerals such as calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water. This may represent certain problems to homes but it is not considered to be a health-related problem to humans. For water to be considered hard, the content...

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Air-Sampling Mold Inspections

Air-Sampling Mold Inspections

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores which are invisible to the naked eye. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water. Molds have the potential to cause health problems (allergic reaction,...

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Saving Energy

Saving Energy

An energy-efficient home will keep your family comfortable while saving you money. Over time, those savings will typically pay for the cost of improvements. You home may also be more attractive to buyers when you sell. A home energy assessment will show what parts of...

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Radon Facts In South Florida

Radon Facts In South Florida

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Due to the fact that the air pressure inside the building is lower than the pressure around the building’s foundation, radon is released through foundation...

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality, but there are things you can do about it. The most effective strategy for reducing indoor air...

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Home Generators

Home Generators

A fuel-powered device that can supply electricity to your house during power outages is referred to as a home generator. There are two main types of generators:  permanently installed or standby generators, and gasoline-powered or portable generators.   For a...

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Different Types Of Light Bulbs

Different Types Of Light Bulbs

Energy conservation is becoming more and more of a concern to the average person. Whether it be for environmental or economic reasons, every day more people are concerning themselves with the ins and outs of their energy usage. Some choose to update their properties...

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Roof To Wall Attachments

Roof To Wall Attachments

Item 4 on the Wind Mitigation Inspection Report asks for the weakest form of attachment of the trusses or rafters to the exterior walls or interior bearing walls. Toe nails are the weakest form of attachment, double wraps are the strongest. The following illustrations...

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Types of Roofing Materials

Types of Roofing Materials

3-Tab Shingle 3-tab shingles have only one single tab size and shape. Cost efficiency (in terms of both material and installation) is one of the many benefits of having a 3-tab shingle roof. These roofs have a life expectancy of 15 - 18 years. Dimensional Shingles...

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Your Heating System

Your Heating System

We are enjoying the beautiful Fall weather now and tend to forget that even though we are in Florida, cold weather will eventually come our way. Although it is only a few days, we sometimes need the heat.   Now is a good time to do a test run on your heating...

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Home Wind Mitigation Inspection

Home Wind Mitigation Inspection

Wind mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to reduce damage caused by intense wind. In Florida, the portion of a homeowner's insurance premium covering wind damage can be up to 70% of the total. Following Hurricane Andrew, Florida...

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4-Point Home Inspection

4-Point Home Inspection

Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue Homeowners Insurance Policies on older homes (usually 30 years old or more). In order to qualify, a 4-Point Home Inspection focusing on four main areas of interest as indicated below must be performed on...

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Protect Your Property From Water Damage

Protect Your Property From Water Damage

As a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building and affects the indoor air quality. The following are common building-related sources of water intrusion: Windows and doors: Check for leaks Roof: Improper drainage or slope and leaks...

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Electrical Panels

Electrical Panels

Electrical panels are boxes that house circuit breakers and/or fuses in older panels. Circuit breakers are safety devices that stop the electrical current if it exceeds the safe level for some portion of the home electrical system. Service panel inspections check for...

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