Buying a new home is the biggest investment you will ever make. And its a decision that will affect you for years to come. The process can be extremely stressful and confusing. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. An inspection by a qualified experienced home inspector will significantly reduce your risk, educate you about the property and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. We really enjoy helping our clients in this process customer service is our highest priority.
We strongly encourage all of our clients to be present during the inspection. You should feel free to ask the inspector any questions you may have at the beginning or end of the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. The inspector will also show you the good points of the house as well. Plus, we will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain it.
You’ll get a comprehensive computer generated report with pictures within 24 hours but usually the same evening. If you are present at the end of the inspection I will give you a verbal summary of the condition of the house at the end of the inspection. Our report combines a checklist with a narrative style of reporting. All deficiencies will be explained to provide a perspective of the problem. Everything identified during the inspection will be included in the report. As my customer I will be happy to take your phone calls and answer any questions or advise you on any home related issues that may arise in the future.
Armed with the information our report will provide, you can make your decision with confidence.
Inspector qualifications should be the single most important factor when deciding on a Home Inspector. You want someone with a wide range of building construction experience. For example a specialist like an electrician probably knows little about plumbing or roofing. Your inspector needs to be experienced and know the symptoms or telltale signs that various problems show. There is no training program or school that can compare with years of good old fashioned hands on experience. An experienced inspector can tell you whether the problems found are major concerns or normal wear & tear and give ballpark estimates on repair cost.
David McCabe has been inspecting homes full time since 1995 and started McCabe Home Inspection Services in 1997. The owner David McCabe will be inspecting your property, no part time employees or inspectors in training like many other large multi-inspector firms.
McCabe Home Inspection Services holds the following qualifications, all of which require continuing education classes to maintain;
- State of Florida Licensed Building Contractor – CBC058559
- State of Florida Licensed Roofing Contractor – CCC057824
- State of Florida Certified Pest Control Operator – JF112319
- Member American Society of Home Inspectors Certified Inspector 20348
- Certified International Code Council Residential Electrical Inspector #5186404-E1
Being a licensed contractor who fixes and remodels homes on occasion gives one a better perspective on how serious an issue is, the likely cause of the problem and a real world knowledge of the cost to repair. Remember Florida law requires that only a licensed contractor can do repairs on properties for sale or lease. The sellers Uncle Joe cannot repair the roof and you should not want him to.
Preparing For The Inspection
Preparing for the inspection will simplify the process and eliminate delays, questions and additional costs.
Per the Real estate contract the seller is required to provide all utilities for an inspection All the utilities (water, electricity and gas) must be on 12-24 hours prior to the inspection.
Refrigerator, water heater and air conditioning must be turned on at this time also to be able to properly evaluate these items. For example all refrigerator manufacturers require 12-24 hours of run time before taking a temperature evaluation. Problems with the air conditioning may take several hours of run time to show up.
Homes that are vacant must be physically checked in reference to the above items by the Real-Estate agent 24 hours prior to the inspection. The inspection fee is for 1 trip to the property. An additional trip fee of $100.00 will be charged to return to the property to evaluate items not on initially and in doubt.
Make available to the inspector at the time of inspection a copy of the “Sellers Disclosure”
Request that the homeowner remove any “Child proof Locks” from windows and cabinets. Stored items, furniture and clothing should be moved to provide access to the electrical panel and attic hatch. The Inspector does not move the inhabitants furniture, stored items or personal possessions.
Contact the local building department ASAP and request a permit search on the property. Issues such as illegal additions, open permits and other un-permitted work can be discovered prior to closing. Upon purchasing the property these problems become yours.
Taking all these steps prior to the inspection will ensure you get the most thorough inspection possible and save time and aggravation for all involved.