Add Living Space To Your Home With An Easy Patio Makeover

patio makoverEveryone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.

Now’s the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether it’s a balcony, a patio or a deck, a few touches are all you need to turn it into a highly functional living space.

When done right, a patio makeover is like a boost to your home’s square footage of living space without straining your wallet. Think of the patio as a summer room, and the possibilities really open up.

One approach to making your summer room perfect is to start by thinking of your needs and what you love to do. If you could add any room to your home, what would it be, and what would you use it for? Then, turn to a resource like Big Lots, which offers everything you need to build that summer room, while keeping you within budget.

Your summer living room

Transform any outdoor space into a relaxing oasis that’s perfect for unwinding and summer daydreams. Your key piece is a comfortable outdoor couch you can really sink into.

It’s always best to start with a neutral-colored cushion, then work the accessories and accent pieces, including side tables, brightly colored throw pillows and outdoor lanterns to make the space feel extra homey and just like an authentic living room. These decor pieces can be easily and affordably switched out year-over-year to make your outdoor space feel fresh and new.

With an easy assembly gazebo, you can also keep the space cool and comfortable in the heat of the day.

Finally, if your patio faces an open or public area, a row of evergreens planted in large colorful pots will transform it into an intimate space with a perfect touch of nature.

Your summer party room

With the right pieces, you can set the scene for any gathering of friends and family. Start with ample seating. Add to the traditional living room setup with an outdoor cushioned bench, and position some accent chairs and tables in a nook or two for conversation clusters. A patterned outdoor rug also helps to delineate spaces on a large patio or deck.

A fire pit always creates a natural centerpiece and gathering spot. Some designs take this up a notch and incorporate the soft glow of fire right into a tabletop, making it easy to talk long into the summer night. As a finishing touch, be sure to have a wireless speaker and playlist ready to set the mood with music.

Your summer kitchen

The downside of summer living is building up unwanted heat in the kitchen from cooking dinner. The best solution is to take it outside. Don’t limit the grill to weekends and burgers and brats. Explore the many grilling recipes out there to expand your repertoire. While you’re doing this, set up your patio as an outdoor cooking station that’s ready to go whenever you’re ready to start cooking.

Set up a sturdy table for prepping veggies and meats and a selection of lightweight, outdoor serving dishes. The variety of colors and designs are endless and add to the space aesthetic. (Just as you would indoors, make sure the surface is clean before you get started.) Use colorful crates to keep grilling tools, potholders and outdoor dishes and glassware organized and handy.

Finally, pick up some bright-colored pots that match your decor style and plant rosemary, parsley, basil and other herbs so they’re within easy reach to add fresh flavors to your grilled fish and chicken, as well as those tasty summer veggies. These potted plants also make for beautiful, easy centerpieces.

Your summer dining room

Dining outside is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy food as well as the company of your family and friends. When you choose a patio table, choose one with ample seating, and keep things comfortable and colorful with waterproof cushions. Umbrellas can throw shade on a sun-drenched deck or patio, making daytime dining (or your morning coffee time) more pleasant and easy on the eyes. If you’re looking for something different, a patio umbrella outfitted with lights on the underside will let you linger over dinner longer.

Creating beautiful outdoor spaces can be easy, but it also doesn’t have to break the budget. Big Lots has a wide variety of affordable patio furniture and décor so you can create an outdoor scene with indoor style. Visit BigLots.com or a store near you for all your patio and outdoor accessory needs. – BPT

 

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What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

rising interest ratesHomeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.

The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchase

Today, the median existing home price in the United States is around $235,000, and the average mortgage interest rate is near 4 percent. If you were to buy a home at that price, an interest rate increase of half a percent would cost you an additional $70 per month on your loan payment. And that assumes you’ll put the standard 20 percent down in advance. A more dramatic rate increase—say from 4 percent to 6 percent, even over time, would increase your monthly payment by almost $300.

Home price gains

For homebuyers, it’s not just rising interest rates that can increase your payment, but so can home price appreciation. In fact, in most markets, housing prices have increased past highs previously set before the financial crisis in 2007/2008. For example, in citing this recovery, the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently increased the maximum loan amount for mortgages that meet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines for the first time in more than a decade.

The new conforming loan limits increased only slightly, to $424,100 in most parts of the country. This will enable home buyers in higher-cost areas to access larger home loan amounts and more affordable loan products, in line with local housing prices.

The home buying season may start early this year

Spring/summer is traditionally the busiest home buying time of the year as many sellers wait to list their homes after the cold winter weather is over and to coincide with the summer school break. However, with both home prices and interest rates on the rise, more buyers are expected to enter the home buying market earlier this year, making for a more competitive home buying season. Potential buyers will need to be aggressive to find the home they want at a rate they can afford.

Starting your loan search today

If you’re in the market but haven’t found the home of your dreams yet, there are tools available to guard against increasing mortgage rates. Lenders like loanDepot help customers save by giving them the opportunity to lock a quoted rate and hold (lock in) that rate for 45 to 60 days, protecting them from potential fluctuations in the market. And with rates rising, now is a great time to lock your loan at a more favorable interest rate.

If you do choose to lock your loan, you’ll need to provide an appraisal deposit which can range from $450 to $750. This is not a fee, and is returned when working with loanDepot if there is no appraisal performed on a home.

Navigating your options can seem confusing at first, but a loanDepot licensed lending officer can help. You can learn more by visiting loandepot.com or by calling (888) 983-3240 today for more information. – (BPT)

 

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4 Questions Homeowners Must Ask Remodelers And Their Home Inspector Orlando

Home Inspector Orlando man preparing materials for home remodelingIf you’re like millions of Americans, you’re doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you’ll select your remodeler? Don’t be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos – they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don’t tell the whole story.

For example, when you review a restaurant, you don’t base your rating just on the food. You expect an excellent experience, including a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service during the meal. Similarly, the overall impression of your remodeling project will be based on how you and your family were treated by the remodeling firm and its subcontractors from start to finish.

You can take the first steps toward a livable remodeling experience by asking your potential remodeler about what will happen during the project. Your home, in essence, will become a construction zone for weeks, months or longer. During that time, you and your family could be mired in a dangerous dust bowl, weeks away from seeing your living area turn into the showplace you envisioned.

Here are four key questions to ask contractors about ensuring a livable remodeling experience:

1. What is the work schedule and projected timeline for this project?

Agree on a working schedule that fits with your family’s lifestyle, but be willing to make modifications when necessary. Make sure the timeline includes project milestones as well as other important dates, such as when a utility will likely be disrupted or paint fumes could be bothersome.

2. What are the potential risks associated with this remodel?

While no one can predict every obstacle that will arise on a job site, both remodelers and homeowners should take safety precautions and be prepared for setbacks. Find out what chemicals, materials, tools and other equipment will be used in your home and how they will be stored when not in use. Being aware of potential dangers is key in keeping your family safe.

3. What are your dust control practices?

Exposure to small dust particles can cause serious health issues affecting both the lungs and the heart, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The threat is magnified when anyone in the home has breathing issues, allergies or other chronic conditions. Select a remodeler that follows dust control best practices, including isolating the work area, sealing vents and air ducts and establishing negative air pressure while maintaining proper ventilation. Ask if they use an air scrubber to collect and eliminate dust particles before they’re able to migrate throughout your home.

4. How can I help you?

That’s right – you, the homeowner – can be a help or hindrance to the progress of the project. Find out what you can do to make it go as smoothly as possible. In addition to keeping children and pets away from the work area, try not to distract or hover over your remodeling team so that they can work safely and efficiently.

A quick search online can provide insight on which top remodelers are in your area. As a homeowner, you also need to ask the right questions and communicate your specific requirements to the contractor, ensuring a smoother, more comfortable experience for everyone involved.

See how you can work with your contractor to ensure livable remodeling tips. – (BPT)

 

Questions Every Homeowner Should Ask Their Contractor

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Should I Get Orlando Home Inspectors On A Brand New Home?

Most homebuyers recognize the importance of a home inspection when buying a house from a previous owner. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that a home inspection is equally important for new construction. Many buyers mistakenly believe a home inspection is a repeat of their final building inspection and therefore unnecessary. Additionally, buyers often do not realize how a home inspection for new construction will differ from one for a resale home. Hopefully, we can clarify these things today because the truth is, a home inspection is just as important for a newly built home as it is for older construction.

Home Inspection Vs Building Inspection

A building inspection, usually conducted by the local municipality, has one purpose: to verify building code compliance. It’s important to remember, however, that building codes are the absolute minimum standards. The building inspector is working on behalf of the municipality to ensure their interests (that all construction adheres to the building codes) are met. A building inspector does not review the quality of workmanship or completeness of work that is not related to building codes, but a home inspector does. For example, if a room has been left unpainted, that will be noted in a home inspection but not in a building inspection.

Things a Home Inspection Can Catch

Missing Elements

Even the best construction companies may have oversights as a result of human error. It is easy to overlook small missing elements during a walk-through when you are excited to move into your new home. A professional home inspector does not have the same emotional attachment or expectations as a homebuyer when looking at a house. Additionally, unless you work in new home construction or home inspection yourself, it is possible for your new home to be missing elements you didn’t know to check on in the first place. For example, EnergyStar homes require a minimum amount of insulation. Most laypeople will not know if their new construction is meeting that standard, but a professional home inspector will.

Incomplete Work

New homes, like all construction projects, have to meet deadlines. During the rush to finish, with several contractors on the building site, it is possible to inadvertently forget a final step or two. A home inspector will notice if the exhaust fans don’t’ actually vent out properly or if there are small patches of siding missing.

Imperfect Or Sloppy Workmanship

Unfortunately, perfect workmanship is an unattainable ideal. The reality is, when building a new house there are a lot of things that could contribute to less than perfect workmanship. In a rush, someone may cut corners or simply not double check their work. A good building company will be happy to resolve any concerns with sloppy workmanship if they are aware of them.

Damage

Yes, a newly built home can be damaged before anyone ever lives in it. Inclement weather, such as rain or snow, can cause water damage if areas were not adequately protected from the elements. During the construction process, it is possible for bathtubs, sinks, and fixtures to get scratched or damaged and many homebuyers may not notice the damage until after move-in and their builder’s warranty has expired.

When walking through a newly built house, most homebuyers see their hopes and dreams for the home. But a professional home inspector has been trained to see the imperfections and notice any missing elements. It’s easy and normal to see your new home in the best possible light, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. That’s why it is extremely important to have a home inspection done by an impartial and trained professional.

 

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Qualified Orlando Home Inspectors

Just like in any other professions, there are also qualified and unqualified professionals in the home inspection business. It could be very difficult identifying a good home inspector from a bad one. There are just several states in the US that are imposing regulations and licensing requirements to home inspectors.

In areas where regulations are not stringent about home inspections, anyone could easily pose as a home inspector. You surely would not want to pay fees to home inspectors that are actually just mere con artists. Worse, if you are selling your house, you might actually jeopardize your transaction just because the home inspector screwed up.

Home inspections are tedious tasks to do. It is not like somebody would just enter into the house and run an ocular checking. If that is the case, you could do the task yourself. But that is not it. There are many factors and aspects that need further and more detailed attention. This is the reason why professional and well qualified and reliable inspectors are needed.

There are several usual scenarios that demonstrate why there is a need for actual and professional home inspectors. First, suppose you are about to sell a house. If you have hired an unqualified inspector, he might just walk in and see if there are visible and obvious cracks and damages. In an instant, that inspector may give you a report certifying how well your house is for selling. If the prospective buyer walks in and brings his/her own home inspector, you are in trouble. You might even be accused of trying to tamper inspection results, which in some states could lead to legal battles.

Second, an unqualified home inspector might act as if he knows all. He might look at certain areas in the house and declare a need for maintenance or repair, though in reality, there is none. In many cases, a home inspector is asking for a repair or even a re-construction of the roofing, whereas in reality, it is in perfect condition. This way, your prospective buyer would surely be turned off and consider buying other homes instead. On your end, you might be forced to spend more dollars for unnecessary repair or re-construction.

Third, your home inspector might not be certified to the job. In some states and cities, there are regulations about certifications of home inspectors. Such measures act as protection of the market against posers and con artists. If you are hiring an unqualified home inspector, the inspection report might not be honored by anyone else. Your prospective homebuyers might require you to re-do the inspection, this time, using the services of appropriately and legally certified home inspectors.

Lastly, your home might already need repair and maintenance. You know that in most cases, if proper maintenance and repair is not performed, there might be risks and safety issues. If you are hiring an unqualified home inspector, he surely would not be able to see and determine specific areas that need repair and maintenance. This carelessness or incompetent practice might expose you and your family to possible uncalled-for danger. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

In the end, it is not advisable hiring the services of an unqualified and uncertified home inspector. You should be careful when finding and hiring inspectors. Not all inspectors should be trusted. You could save time and money hiring only the qualified and certified ones.

 

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Qualified and Reliable Orlando Home Inspectors

If you are in need of the services of a home inspector, you might be surprised at how many they are in the market. You might have received business cards when you were walking down the street. The yellow pages might lead you to contact information of several inspectors in your community. Your home seller or agent may also recommend inspectors to you. How could you identify and hire qualified and reliable home inspectors?

The first best way to find your way leading to such inspectors is to ask referrals from friends, colleagues, or relatives.

You could begin your search from there. You should not easily jump into conclusion. Double-check the recommended inspector’s qualifications and credentials. You may also look at the qualification of your home agent. Inexperienced and unreliable agents logically would also recommend equally inferior home inspectors.

States and cities may have home inspector associations. In the United States, you may begin by checking out the American Society of Home Inspectors. The organization could point you to its members in your community. It could also lead you to several other related associations, which in turn may have affiliations and members in your place. Remember that such organizations are meticulous in recruiting and accepting members because they have a name to protect.

To check the actual validity and reliability of a home inspector, you should also review a sample report of the home inspector you are considering to hire. If the inspector emailed or sent you a sample actual report that is about four to five pages long, immediately turn him down. Inspection reports surely vary but in no way could comprehensive home inspection reports be shorter than 20 to 50 pages. Such reports should also include colored pictures to show actual defects and problems.

Clues could also be culled from the length of home inspection. Ask your inspector how long it usually takes for him to complete a job. Most qualified home inspectors do the job in more than three hours. If the inspector intends to complete the task in mere 90 minutes, something is really wrong with him. You are not inviting a person to just come and appreciate your home. Remember, you are inviting (and paying) a home inspector who should meticulously inspect your house.

Some inspectors are also vocal in recommending repair and maintenance contractors long before actually inspecting your house. Stay away from those inspectors. They are obviously just trying to make business with you. How sure could you be that the inspector would not identify problems just so you could hire his recommended contractor? For all you know, that inspector might be into a partnership or commission deal with a contractor.

A qualified home inspector is not asking for re-inspection charges. The initial inspection might require several repairs. After the repair has been completed, home inspection must resume finding out if the task was successful in eliminating possible problems. If the inspector tells you his services does not cover such re-inspection, drop him.

You should also prefer a home inspector who agrees to have you be around or be with him during the inspection process. Unqualified inspectors are afraid that clients might discover that they are not actually inspecting accurately and systematically. See, it could be easy finding the best inspectors around.

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Orlando Home Inspectors Examination

It is important to know how to best prepare your home for examination by different types of home inspectors, most especially for those who are first time home investor, regardless of whether a seller or buyer.

It is important to have a home inspector examine the home, especially since it is crucial to know whether a house is fit for sale or purchase by thoroughly checking the house rather than just being content with what can be seen at face value.

Although it is safe to say that location, buyer preferences and location are major factors that play a key role in the inspection process, especially since Federal law dictates in some states where it is regulated and is a prerequisite prior to a sale or purchase of a home.

Thus it is also good to know what things to do to best prepare your home for examination by a home inspector.

It would be best to know how to prepare your home; especially the common things that home inspectors usually look into; since it will help you maximize the service and wealth of knowledge of a home inspector to your advantage.

A proper home inspection will also present a home property in the best condition possible, as well as prevent further delays that may occur due to incomplete maintenance or pending repairs, which could have been in place prior to selling or buying the property.

Try to make sure to fix simple day to day tasks which can be done by yourself, most especially those that can easily be done.

That way when a home inspector comes and checks, he may no longer have to countercheck, except for those requiring the inspector’s undivided attention.

Take note that even the slightest problems that may be gleaned from the inspection, be it a defective doorknob, faucets, handles and other interior set-up.

This is also the same with major repairs for problems with the roof, ceiling, attic and basement, among others.

Make sure to thoroughly clean the house before the home inspector arrives. Cleaning the house will entail lesser time for inspection since the inspector will no longer have to clear an area of dust or other household obstructions that could not only hamper the inspector’s work, but will also create an impression that an unkempt house is reflective of the customer’s attitude and behavior.

Also have the home ready on time, so as much as possible, make sure to be ready for the home inspector’s arrival to conduct the examination. Ideally, try to allow at least 30 minutes before the agreed appointment time.

A home inspector’s time is also important for them, so make it a point to make sure that every minute counts.

If one needs to go someplace else important while an inspection is going on, try to leave the keys of locked areas or doors.

You could either arrange the keys in a conspicuous place or formally endorse the keys they may need to gain access into all possible areas in the house.

Also, try and make sure that all basic utilities are functioning properly and properly connected. Setting off may cause confusion with the home inspector so make it a point to also have anything handy for the inspector to use or check.

So these are the basic things a homeowner may need to bear in mind and how to best prepare your home for examination by a home inspector.

 

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Tips When Hiring Orlando Home Inspectors

Are you selling a home or are you buying one? You certainly need the services of a qualified home inspector. In most states and cities in the US, and in other countries, there is actually no requirement for home inspection. However, most homebuyers need to make sure the homes they would acquire meet standard criteria in safety and durability. No one would definitely want to buy or live in a house that is about to explode or tear down. Therefore, there are things you should know about home inspectors and inspections.

You should not be surprised that most states and cities do not implement stringent regulations covering the home inspection sector. Thus, you may have a hard time finding and hiring qualified home inspectors. The task may me further difficult because surprisingly, there are just too many home inspection service providers operating in many communities. How could you be sure you are dealing with the right and qualified inspector? Here are several guidelines.

Ask for credible opinions. You might start the search by asking your relatives, friends, or colleagues if they could recommend any home inspector. Nothing beats actual experience. You may know if a friend in the past encountered a problem about home inspection. Likewise, you may hear about good inspectors, who did not cause any problem eventually. From the list you may get, go and conduct a background or satisfaction check.

You could also ask the opinion of a trustworthy real estate agent. Property agents of course work closely with home inspectors. Every day, agents and inspectors meet, in different cases and homes. That is why it is just logical that real estate agents know who among the home inspectors are good and who are not. Ask for at least three recommendations or references from an agent.

You may start asking yourself questions the moment you do a background and professional check on any inspector. First, where was the home inspector trained? Stay away from inspectors who could not tell about his training. He might just be a poser or a con artist. Is the inspector attending continuing education classes? Is he a member of any professional organization? If he is, what are the membership requirements? Is the inspector carrying an Errors and Omissions insurance? If the answer is affirmative to all the questions, then you have found the right and qualified home inspector.

Another way to find a qualified and good inspector is to look at the inspection coverage. You should ask for a copy of a sample inspection report. It should be about 20 to 50 pages long, including colored photographs to show actual home defects. Find out what systems the inspection covers. You should beware about inspectors who exclude too many services. Are there specific and important services that would require additional charges? There are specific areas that general inspectors normally should not cover like sewerage, septic tanks, molds, foundation, electrical system, air conditioning and heating, soil tests, and chimney, among others.

Lastly, before hiring any home inspector, determine the requirements of your lender or the local government. You surely would not want to spend another few dollars for a different home inspection that is not covered by your general home inspector. It is best to avoid hiring specialists to do specific inspection, but if there really is a need, then go ahead (especially if the home to be inspected is really old).

 

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Specialist Orlando Home Inspectors

Are you considering getting a home inspection for an old home? Should you hire a home inspector recommended by an agent? The general home inspector could very well do the job. But there might be instances or cases when there is a need to hire specialists to make sure inspections of specific areas would be accurate.

The home inspector is a certified and experienced professional in carrying out home inspections. However, he might not be able to cover all aspects and parts of the home. A regular inspector might be able to tell if there is something wrong with an air conditioning and heating system, for example, but he could not exactly identify malfunctions and faulty linings. Thus, you should prepare hiring the services of specialists who cover specific areas or aspects of the home.

Mold

  • You know molds are fungi, microorganisms that might trigger several health problems to inhabitants. However, there are many types of molds. They should be especially tested to ensure good and healthy air quality inside the house.

Formaldehyde

  • Old homes could have been constructed using building materials that may contain chemicals like formaldehyde, a flammable gas that has also been proven to cause specific cancers in rats.

Well

  • If the home has a well; a specialist should be hired to inspect the appropriateness and reliability of the well’s construction. Several aspects should be focused on the inspection like depth of water table and water sanitation.

Water systems

  • A plumber is a professional in handling and inspecting galvanized pipes. Clogged pipes should be fixed immediately before more mess and trouble occurs.

Trees around the house

  • An arborist is a specialist in trees. Home inspections should not miss trees and plants in the surroundings, which might affect the air quality and security of the home.

Roof

  • Home inspectors generally inspect roofs. However, for old homes, there might be a need for specialists who are certified in inspecting old roofing systems. Such specialists could very much identify possible problems in the roof.

Pool and spa

  • Only specialists could estimate life expectancy and reliability of components like spa blower and heaters. They are the only professionals who could also check and identify leaks.

Easements and encroachments

  • Title policies basically disclose easements. However, before buying any home, especially old ones, you have to commission specialized physical inspections. You may ask the title company about actual easement records and documents from public records.

Square footage

  • You may hire an appraiser instead if you aim to verify square footage of the house. Public records are basically input by people, making them susceptible to human error.

Methane gas or radon

  • Mitigation contractors could inspect for methane gas or radon. They could also accurately recommend measures and solutions to get rid of such dangerous elements, which might be present in the interior.

Sewerage or septic system

  • Old homes might not be properly connected to a public sewerage system. Commission a sewer inspection. The process would use modern technology through digital cameras that would be inserted into sewer lines.

Lead-based paint

  • It was only in 1978 that lead-based paint was banned in the United States. Thus, old homes constructed before the year should be tested for presence of lead-based paint. Lead abatement contractors should be hired to remove such paint.

As you consider hiring a home inspector, first look at the age of the house. Newer homes may not require tedious and specified inspections. Older houses certainly do.

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Orlando Home Inspectors in Your Neighborhood

A home inspector, living up to its name, inspects houses to make sure that it has abided or followed local building codes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is seeing an increase on the number of home inspectors. There is an expected growth of 18 percent from years 2006 to 2016. This can be considerably higher than other jobs, but there is a possibility that there would be additional certification requirements

A home inspector should be knowledgeable of different building codes and ordinances, these would include electrical and plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems and other structures found in the property of the house. There is a need for inspectors to check other aspects of the house, like door frames, walls, ceilings and windows.

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Home inspectors are capable of writing reports that can be included in home information packs given away from estate agents, conveyances, solicitors and surveyors. Most of the times, inspectors are called when putting up houses for sale. Most of the inspectors are self-employed. It is important for a home inspector to have flexible time schedule, since they would have to fit their time to the client’s schedule.

Why the need for home inspectors?

For most people, their homes are their biggest investment. This would be enough reason to get somebody to make an overall and comprehensive inspection on the status and soundness of their homes. It could be just because they want their homes checked and do some repairs, or whether it is because their putting their house on sale. Anyway, you would like to make sure that your house is evaluated to its full value.

Home inspectors are not required to have educational and training certificates. But they are required by some states to have at least some certification or license before proceeding or making inspections. Of course, home inspectors need to have some knowledge of how home systems (electricity and plumbing) works and also knowledge about the state or local building codes and requirements.

Home inspectors could study Associate of Applied Science in Building Inspection Technology. This would help home inspectors understand the utility systems and carpentry to make sure that they would be making better decisions or evaluation of homes and buildings.

Home inspectors would do three types of inspection: structural and safety inspection, financial valuation and comprehensive inspection. Structural and safety inspection is commonly done when checking new and previously-owned houses. Financial inspection is done when the inspector is working for insurance and financial company and it is performed to create a comprehensive report about the house’s status.

A comprehensive home inspection, meanwhile, is about performing structural and safety inspection but on a more detailed level. Comprehensive inspection would include the detailed resolutions to detected home problems.

They would also have job limitations. The first thing is that home inspectors are not there to give their opinion to whether you should buy the house or not. That decision depends on the client. But gathering enough information on the status of the house from the inspector can make the client have a guided decision. Aside from that, it is also not the responsibility of the home inspector to provide quotations on what would be the value of the house in the market. The real estate agent is responsible for that.

Being a home inspector is not a job for everybody. But it could be the best job for you if you love working independently and helping others appreciating houses and providing assistance to potential home owners.

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A.C.F. Home Inspections Inc.

Your Premier Orlando Home Inspection Company | Let this experienced home inspector help keep you from buying The Money Pit. We’ll alert you to any and all health or safety issues and maintenance needs of the home you’re looking to buy.

A.C.F. Home Inspections will be your home buying or selling advocate! We are committed to providing you with outstanding service. We’re highly experienced and extremely thorough. If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Orlando area, we can help!

Owned and operated by home inspector and mold inspection specialist, Luis Figueroa. Luis prides himself in being committed to following high standards and providing professional service to all of our customers .

Call (407) 218-6522 Today or Click To Schedule Online 24/7 Right From Our Website.

We Want To Help Give You Confidence In Moving Forward On Your Home Buying Decisions!

 

 

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As a family-owned business, we pride ourselves on supporting homeowners and families who need an honest, competent and dependable property inspector. We understand the importance of safety when it comes to children and family. We give special attention to deficiencies in systems and components of the home that represent an immediate danger. And we are independent and impartial; we work for you – our client – and not for an agent or other interests.

A.C.F. Home Inspections is committed to bringing you a consistently high level of service. We are an indispensable asset to real estate agents, buyers, sellers, investors, property managers, landlords, mortgage brokers, and private and nursing care homes.  Let us be your residential and commercial advisor, and find peace of mind that you are getting a professional’s opinion.

A.C.F. Home Inspections will be your home buying or selling advocate!  We’re highly experienced and extremely thorough. If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Orlando area, we can help!

Call A.C.F. Home Inspections Today (407) 218-6522 or Click To Schedule Online 24/7 Right From Our Website