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What an Inspection Is and What It Is Not!

An Inspection is a report done by a professional licensed and insured inspector, usually prior to the purchase of a new home. An Inspection points out any obvious defects in the property that the average home buyer, although may not be able to see themselves, would be expected to know based on their ability to inspect prior to the purchase and due diligence duty. A responsible new home buyer doing their due diligence has the home inspected to discover possible issues that will need to be addressed prior to the homes purchase such as roof repairs, structural repairs, foundational issues, safety issues and to discover the condition of appliances, windows, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing, attics, etc. In addition, a new home buyer may request mold and radon testing to insure the home is safe to inhabit as well as any mitigation measures that may be necessary to fix existing issues prior to the purchase. It is also a good idea to have pools checked out and a pest inspection done. A savvy home buyer will take these precautions and schedule their testing and inspections, prior to the purchase of a home because he knows that once the sale is complete these problems will be his to fix and on his dime. In this way, he is able to discover the true cost of owning the home before he agrees to the purchase. A homebuyer who does not do their due diligence and does not have an inspection as well as any necessary testing done, prior to the purchase, will later be surprised with additional costs he did not plan or allocate funds for. A home inspection however, is not a to do list, it is a list of problems that should be considered when determining a fair price to be paid for a home based on its actual condition. Sometimes buyers can contract to have repairs done prior to closing as part of the agreement on the seller’s dime. It is important to talk to your realtor about having an inspection done and to determine if it might be possible to get repairs either completed by the seller or a reduction in the price based on repair estimates for certain items. If you’re buying a new home protect your family and your investment by having an inspection and necessary testing done prior to the purchase!

Slab-2Shingles can help you with all your inspection needs they service Naples, Marco Island, Estero, and Bonita and they inspect both residential and commercial properties. To schedule an inspection or if you have any questions regarding the inspection process or testing protocols please call 1-239-262-0058 and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Slab-2-Shingles has over 20 years of experience in the industry here in Southwest Florida, it’s professionals are licensed and insured to provide you with peace of mind. Slab-2-Shingles can also help you with any mitigation issues as well as any lawn, pool, cleaning or home watch services you may require.

Let us take great care of you, call us today 1-239-262-0058!

Radon and Your Family

Did you know 1 in every 5 homes in Florida has elevated radon levels?

Knowing the level of radon in your home is an important part of protecting your family. Every 25 minutes someone dies from radon induced lung cancer and there are steps you can take to protect your family from suffering radon’s deadly effects. First, get your home tested! Radon is tasteless, colorless and odorless so the only way to know if you have radon is to test. Radon testing is not expensive and can take as little as 48 hours. Meanwhile, the health benefits and peace of mind provided by testing and fixing any potential radon issues is priceless. It is a good idea to have radon testing done every couple of years as your home’s radon levels may change over time due to climate, wear and tear, seasonal changes and changes in your living patterns. Your radon mitigation specialist can install an early warning devise in your home to alert you, should radon levels ever approach a dangerously high level in the future. Radon levels should be 4 pCi/L or below.

If your homes radon level is above 4 pCi/L, you will want to do something about it. If you’ve hired a professional to do your radon inspection and ensure accurate results, they can explain your radon mitigation options to reduce the level of radon in your home. Many options exist for radon mitigation and the costs are usually about the same as a typical home repair. Since radon levels become dangerously high when it is allowed to build up indoors without proper ventilation, radon mitigation usually involves the proper venting of the indoor air outside. Just sealing up any cracks in the foundation that may be allowing the radon into the home is not usually considered enough to reduce radon levels. You will need a professional radon mitigation specialist to design a radon mitigation system that fits your family’s needs and budget. At Slab-2-Shingles our knowledgeable experts can help you with testing, mitigation and answer any questions you may have regarding the mitigation process or radon generally. We are pleased to have served the SW Florida region for over 21 years. Slab-2-Shingles proudly services the Marco, Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero areas.

Lets talk about Condominium Inspections…

With a Condo Inspection most of it is looking at the structure, mechanics, electric, plumbing and systems inside the particular unit. We also check items such as; if the condo is facing the sun or the wind, listen for noises inside and outside the unit, check security and look at the garage area if there is one involved in the property.

Common elements such as hallways, facades and common mechanical systems typically aren’t examined by the inspector because they aren’t part of the specific unit you’re buying. These items are the responsibility of your condo association. The Association should be able to give you a Reserve Study that was done by the architects and engineers when the structure was built. This will give the building’s structural and mechanical elements along with anticipated maintenance and repair work to be done over the next 5 years.

Mold Inspection in a Condo can be imperative as well since you do not have access to your neighboring condo owners. Slab 2 Shingles will use infrared light to see inside your walls and detect any problems that are there or may arise in the future.

Years ago, home inspections were unheard of in residential Real Estate Transactions.

Instead, buyers simply relied on their own impressions of the home and the representations of the seller’s real estate agent. Today, the process is dramatically different. Most real estate purchase contracts give the buyer fairly broad rights to order one or more professional inspections of the home before completing the purchase.
Home Inspections help all parties involved in a Real Estate Transaction. The buyer gets an independent assessment of the condition of the house, from inside and outside, and top to bottom. There is a hidden benefit to an inspection, namely that if you buy the house, and you will know where things are such as turning off the main water in case of a leak. The Seller can rest assured he is selling a quality home and won’t be a cause for future legalese. The Realtor will also be knowledgeable about what he/she is selling to their client and keep their client from making a bad investment.

This is really not the time to find a “cheap and quick” inspection, but to hire a licensed professional with many years of experience. We at Slab 2 Shingles do not want to get involved in your Real Estate deal but we do want to make sure the Buyer is aware of current problems and ones that could be lurking down the road.

We can keep the buyer with a few major facets in their negotiations such as help with pricing, identifying defects with the repair costs that will be needed in the future and lastly and most importantly Buyer Confidence in that the client can be sure of themselves when purchasing.

Wind Mitigation Inspection – Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero

Important Agent Advisory from Slab-2-Shingles: New Mind Mitigation Inspection Form

*Effective 4/21/2010*

 

Updated Dec 13, 2015 – Will be used for the upcoming year of 2016 with no changes!

Wind Mitigation Inspection Form

The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has revised and adopted form OIR B1-1801 “Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form,” (Rev. 2/10). Use of this is required by Rule 69O-170.0155 of the Florida Administrative Code as amended effective 4/21/2010.  This code covers collier and Lee county and Towns such as Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and other home inspection areas

Mitigation verification inspections occurring on and after 4/21/2010 should be completed using only the new 1802 (Rev. 02/10) form. We request your assistance with ensuring that policyholders have access to the new form. For your convenience, we have attached the new form. 

As the State makes strides in vetting the Wind Mitigation Inspection process, it is important to note that our agents play a critical role in that process. As we have noticed in the past, UPCIC has been receiving a significant number of mitigation discount forms with incorrect information or other concerns such as inconsistent signatures, unlicensed contractors or engineers, or alterations to the official Office of Insurance Regulation form. The utilization of this new 1802 form is an important first step in correcting these concerns.

 

We look forward to working with you in the future!

Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Slab-2-Shingles Team239.262.0058 tel

239.262.0098 fax

www.Slab2Shingles.com

 

Slab-2-Shingles

615 Nursery Lane

Naples, FL  34119

      

Air Quality Inspections

Slab-2-Shingles Air Quality division compliments our Home Inspection division by offering specialized services related to air quality.

Years of experience in the home inspection industry along with training and experience have made us the industry leader in indoor air quality testing. By allowing Slab-2-Shingles to test your home for mold and radon, you will be assured peace of mind in knowing what exactly is in your home.

Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas that causes 20,000 deaths each year. You can’t smell, see or touch it but it may be in your home. Testing is the only way to determine if you have Radon or not.

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on a variety of materials and can cause serious problems from breathing difficulties to severe illness. In Florida we have a very high mold rate since our weather conditions are usually moist and wet.2 of the main things mold loves to feed on. Most of the time mold is not even seen, but grows in the walls between damp pipes, or wet areas in the kitchen or bathroom.

Slab-2-Shingles will evaluate your home for mold and conduct the necessary tests to determine type, amount and medical repercussions. If mold is found we will work with you on the protocol for clean up and clearance testing. We also use infrared lights to see into your walls and determine if there is a wet or moist area where the mold may be. Using the latest testing equipment Slab-2-Shingles® technicians will perform Air Sampling using Micron Cartridges to sample and test mold spores. Upon completion of field sampling, Cultures are sent to the lab for examination and a detailed report is produced. If visible mold is found we will swab sample and get a full lab report on the visible mold. On a typical Mold Test we will use 3 samples but you can also request more if needed.

Slab-2-Shingles will evaluate your home for Radon Gas and conduct the necessary tests to determine the radon levels. Using the industries most advanced testing CRM Monitors, State Certified Technicians, and proper protocol, you will receive a complete detailed radon report. Slab-2-Shingles Home Air Quality division has been recognized as the area leader in educating homeowners on indoor air quality. Using a variety of testing methodologies and forensic lab analysis on samples taken, we can provide you with a detail report of the findings and recommendations. Slab-2-Shingles is licensed and certified to perform radon tests in Florida. A full radon test can be performed with any home inspection

Closing Inspections

Prior to closing on a property the home buyer or a representative for the home buyer should conduct a pre-closing inspection.

This is when to take the prior home inspection list and make sure all of the items have either been addressed or fixed. Slab 2 Shingles will do this for a nominal fee at the Buyer’s Request.

Here is a general checklist:
Closing Inspection Services in Florida

GENERAL ELECTRICAL

  • Are the items agreed to be left by the seller present?
  • Do the lights come on at each switch?
  • Is there visible damage with the owner’s furniture now gone that you couldn’t see before?
  • Are all of the light fixtures and ceiling fans present and working?
  • Are the smoke detectors functional?
  • Do the breakers work correctly?

EXTERIOR AND STRUCTURE

  • Check cracks, or separations?
  • Have the repairs and painting been finished?
  • Are wooden decks and hand rails secure?
  • Have you walked around the property?

KITCHEN

  • Are the appliance accessories present?
  • Do the appliances still operate satisfactorily?
  • Are the instructions/warranties left for the appliances?
  • Do the cabinets, countertops, or floors appear damaged?

CRAWL SPACE, AIR DUCTS

  • Are the lowest portions dry?
  • Are crawl space vents open for good ventilation?
  • Do you see any wet spots?

HEATING AND COOLING*

  • Do the systems function when you operate the thermostat?
  • Are the air filters clean?
  • Any extra filters left?
  • Is there debris clogging the exterior air units?

LOT AND GROUNDS

  • Any changes to the driveway, patio, or sidewalks?
  • Are the fences tight, and do the gates operate?
  • Reset the automatic sprinkler to minimum setting.

GARAGE

  • Do the vehicle doors work smoothly and reverse?
  • Do you have the car door remote controls?
  • Do you see any damage with the personal items gone?

INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS, AND FLOORS

  • Are the carpets stained in closets near the shower areas?
  • Are there holes or damage from the move-out?
  • Are there broken or “fogged” windows or doors?

SURFACE WATER CONTROL

  • Has the re-grading (if any), been accomplished?
  • Are the gutters aligned and cleaned of debris?
  • Do the downspouts direct water positively away?

PLUMBING

  • Do the faucets and drains function satisfactorily?
  • Is there hot water at each appropriate location?
  • Do the toilets flush and cycle normally?
  • Check beneath each cabinet for leaks or moisture.

ROOF

  • Are there missing shingles since the last visit?
  • Have the roof repairs (if any), been performed?
  • Is the attic ventilation open and working if power?
  • Are the bushes and trees trimmed back and not touching?

Chinese Drywall

From 2004 through 2006, after hurricane Katrina and other storms, the strain on the supply of American-made drywall required many builders to resort to international suppliers in order to fill demand. As a result, many distributors imported from the Knauf Tianjin company. It is alleged that this issue effects more than 200,000 sheets of drywall used to make homes between 2004 and 2006.

This drywall has waste materials in it that contain iron sulfide and other sulfides. The Humidity in the air causes the sulfur in the drywall to give off a gas which smells like rotten eggs.

Not only is the smell a problem but it can also corrode copper plumbing used in most building materials and can cause air conditioning to fail, but can also cause bathroom and kitchen faucets and drains to tarnish. Some believe there is also a health risk to living with Chinese Drywall but there is no definitive connection at this time.

Some warning signs that you have Chinese Drywall:

Failure of information displays on TVs, DVD players, radios and microwaves
Light bulbs burning out at a faster rate
Silver jewelry and utensils may be tarnished
Failure of satellite TV receivers

The only solution for Chinese Drywall is to strip the house down to the frame and replace the drywall.

New Home Inspections

Homebuyers of newly constructed homes may not be aware they may have an inspection clause included with their new home contract.

The truth is, a new homebuyer can greatly benefit from using a professional home inspector during the construction and completion of their new home.New Home Inspection Services in Florida
The majority of construction tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are usually subcontracted out to the lowest bidder, with speed, not quality being an important consideration for the builder. With many separate activities going on at the same time, it’s nearly impossible for the contractor/builder to personally monitor all phases of the home construction.

Don’t assume your builder — or the contractors — did everything right just because the home passed code. An inspector is your last line of defense against major defects that could quite literally sink your financial future.

Years ago, home inspections were unheard of in residential Real Estate Transactions.

Instead, buyers simply relied on their own impressions of the home and the representations of the seller’s real estate agent. Today, the process is dramatically different. Most real estate purchase contracts give the buyer fairly broad rights to order one or more professional inspections of the home before completing the purchase.

Home Inspections help all parties involved in a Real Estate Transaction. The buyer gets an independent assessment of the condition of the house, from inside and outside, and top to bottom. There is a hidden benefit to an inspection, namely that if you buy the house, and you will know where things are such as turning off the main water in case of a leak. The Seller can rest assured he is selling a quality home and won’t be a cause for future legalese. The Realtor will also be knowledgeable about what he/she is selling to their client and keep their client from making a bad investment.

This is really not the time to find a “cheap and quick” inspection, but to hire a licensed professional with many years of experience. We at Slab 2 Shingles do not want to get involved in your Real Estate deal but we do want to make sure the Buyer is aware of current problems and ones that could be lurking down the road.

We can keep the buyer with a few major facets in their negotiations such as help with pricing, identifying defects with the repair costs that will be needed in the future and lastly and most importantly Buyer Confidence in that the client can be sure of themselves when purchasing.

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