Questions and Answers

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical  structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

Will it include a mold inspection?
During any inspection process, mold is always something we look for. It’s often found in A/C systems and plumbing components. When mold or fungi is discovered, it is photographed and noted in the report. However, keep in mind that, although we may identify and recommend removal of the problem, we do not collect or analyze mold spores. This service should only be provided by a Mold Remediation Service which will also provide removal of the problem from your home. Be wary of other Jacksonville Home Inspection services claiming they can also perform these services for additional fees.

What about including a WDO inspection?
A WDO inspection is an inspection of Wood Destroying Organisms. This may include pests (insects), mold, wet and dry rot, and other moisture related issues. These items are also noted during the Home Inspection Report, but, only the WDO Inspector can officially perform this service and report these findings. Additionally, only a direct employee of a pest control service can be licensed by the state to perform WDO inspections. BE CAREFUL! Many Jacksonville Home Inspectors advertise they can perform WDO’s when, in reality, only those that have a pest control license, in addition to a WDO Certification, are permitted by the state to offer this service. Don’t pay for invalid services that you may have to pay for again later!

What will it cost?
A Jacksonville Home Inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services. Beaches Inspection Services will NOT try to sell customers additional, add-on inspection services they do not need!

What is ASHI or NACHI?
These national organizations are designed to provide training, education, and resources to home inspectors world wide. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that serves as a performance guideline for home inspectors, and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies. We use this standard to assist us in preparing home inspection reports which outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection.

What is the difference between  a ‘Certified Home Inspector’ and a ‘State Licensed Inspector’?
With the exception of a few, most Home Inspectors are ‘Certified’ through a national organization like ‘NACHI’(National Association of Certified Home Inspectors). This requires a membership fee and an exam that must be passed. However, this process is fairly easy and is not regulated by the state. A ‘Florida State Licensed Home Inspector’ is a much more qualified individual with years of experience and a background in construction or engineering. Never use a non-‘State Licensed’ inspector and always research the inspector qualifications before you hire them. Beaches Inspection Services ONLY employs ‘Florida State Licensed’, as well as, ‘NACHI Certified’ Home Inspectors.

When do I call a Home Inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. If you are selling a home, a “seller’s inspection” is usually needed before you put the home on the market.

Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.