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

Home inspections for real estate transactions

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

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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.

Can sheeting leak? YES!

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Naples Home Inspection revealed sheeting leak

This sheeting leak was found in a 2 year old home,  This leak was caused from a TV Dish that was not properly sealed at the wall,  The home inspection was done in Naples Florida by Slab-2-Shingles.  This is a very simple fix but if it was not found would have led to a ton of damage to the sheeting.  This is why you have your attic crawled with every home inspection.  Every home should have a home inspection of the attic prior to any purchase

A professional home inspection by Slab-2-Shingles benefits every person buying a home, every person selling a home, and every professional involved in a residential real estate transaction.

If you are a prospective buyer, you can feel confident making an informed decision about the biggest investment you may ever make, thanks to a thorough and reliable Slab-2-Shingles inspection. Our inspection does more than just help with present decisions; it also builds a foundation of knowledge about the house and its systems, allowing you to take true pride of ownership. Equipped with home-maintenance information, you stand a far better chance of protecting your investment and increasing its worth over time. If you are a seller, Slab-2-Shingles home inspection will give you a marketing advantage – the ability to identify problems that could stall the sale. Even if repairs are required, the inspector’s independent recommendations could help speed up the sale.

A professional home inspection by Slab-2-Shingles benefits every person buying a home, every person selling a home, and every professional involved in a residential real estate transaction. If you are a prospective buyer, you can feel confident making an informed decision about the biggest investment you may ever make, thanks to a thorough and reliable Slab-2-Shingles inspection. Our inspection does more than just help with present decisions; it also builds a foundation of knowledge about the house and its systems, allowing you to take true pride of ownership. Equipped with home-maintenance information, you stand a far better chance of protecting your investment and increasing its worth over time. If you are a seller, Slab-2-Shingles home inspection will give you a marketing advantage – the ability to identify problems that could stall the sale. Even if repairs are required, the inspector’s independent recommendations could help speed up the sale.

Slab-2-Shingles Home Inspection performs a very important service. We inspect homes using professional standards as a measure to accurately report the condition of the home to those involved in the real estate transaction. We inspect your future home corner to corner… Top to bottom. He does however, report objectively and in writing the condition of all resident home systems as they appear and operate on the day of the inspection. A detailed inspection usually takes 2 to 3 hours or longer, depending on your home’s age and square footage. You’ll need to set up a time for your inspection so you can be present to ask questions and look at areas needing maintenance or repair. Slab-2-Shingles Home Inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all commonly found home systems.

These systems include:

  • Structural Components (foundations, floors and walls),
  • Exterior Components (siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc.
  • Roofing (coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.),
  • Plumbing (piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems, etc.),
  • Electrical (wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles, etc.),
  • Heating (equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys, etc.),
  • Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (cooling and air-handling equipment, controls and ducting, etc.),
  • Interior (partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc.),
  • Insulation and Ventilation (attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc.)

Slab-2-Shingles Home Inspectors will present our clients with an onsite Home Inspection report. At Slab-2-Shingles we understand how important contract time is. That’s the reason we use the Inspectvu Software with digital photos and summary descriptions. This comprehensive report clearly rates all of the major elements of the house. Clear, detailed, and easy to understand reporting helps identify defects found. It includes a summary filled with photos and descriptions. This level of inspection reporting allows buyers to understand which of the major elements are operational at the time of inspection, which elements may need service, and information on components that will need service in the near future. The inspection report details maintenance and suggested programs to follow to keep your home in condition.

A four-point Inspection is often a requirement when obtaining a new homeowners insurance policy or renewing an existing policy.

After hurricane Andrew in Florida, insurance companies in Florida have been trying to encourage home owners to make their homes safer and reduce insurance claims. Many of the insurance companies and JUA (Joint Underwriting Association) now request a Four Point Inspection.

A “Four Point Inspection” focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home:Four Point Inspection Services in Florida

  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
  • Electrical wiring and panels
  • Plumbing connections and fixtures
  • Roof

Most homes older than 25 years are required by their insurance companies to get this inspection done. Insurance companies require four point inspections to evaluate the age and condition of the components of your home. Though homeowners insurance policies don’t typically cover these areas, if they are old or in disrepair, they could contribute to a covered event such as damage from a fire or severe weather. Some insurance companies have their own forms they want complete but most of them accept forms filled out by our licensed professionals. The report needed includes specific information about the HVAC, plumbing, electrical system and roof in a short one or two page signed document.