Technical Articles on Home Inspections

This website provides free reference articles intended to provide information related to home inspections and building related topics particularly applicable in South Florida communities; however most of the material is intended to be helpful throughout North America. The series of articles focuses on topics and issues providing referenced information answering common questions we receive while performing our home inspection services. Many times home inspectors see something that looks wrong but need to pinpoint industry standards that apply. This site provides answers to these types of questions.

Luxury Property Inspections

Luxury Property Inspections

Luxury Property Inspections In South Florida - What's Involved? When purchasing luxury property, there are many costly features and systems that are documented as “outside the scope” of your typical home inspection. This is where Michael Garnier, ACI has helped many...

Compass Market Report Q3 2021

Compass Market Report Q3 2021

We were featured in the Compass Market Report Q3 2021 As the Florida building inspection resource for the real estate giant, Compass, we wanted to provide a behind the scenes on this Compass Market Report Q3 2021. Below is our answers to questions that had asked us in...

Facts About Smoke Free Housing

Facts About Smoke Free Housing

There are numerous myths surrounding operating a smoke-free rental property.  Although many property owners and managers would like to commit to going smoke-free, they are often dissuaded by prevalent myths and fallacies. This article will aid you in becoming more...

Tools That Increase Revenue

Tools That Increase Revenue

Home Inspector Tool Box Part 2 - Tools That Increase Revenue In a previous article I wrote a quite exhaustive article and list on the essential and recommended tools that I feel each home inspector should have in his/her tool box. I discussed what the inspectors in my...

Home Inspector Tool Box

Home Inspector Tool Box

Home Inspector Tool Box - What's Inside? Home Inspector Tool Box - Essential Tools First. Let's start off discussing the tools needed for every inspection regardless of state, standard of practice, or local conditions that alter the way one inspector may inspect...

Air Quality – From Wild Fires

Air Quality – From Wild Fires

Air Quality - Impact From Wild Fires As a home inspector and local community building science resource, I thought I'd comment on something that significantly impacts one of the services my company specialized in; AIR QUALITY- Impact From Wild Fires .Above is a photo...

Weather Affects the Air in Your Home

Weather Affects the Air in Your Home

Older homes are more vulnerable to weather-related indoor air concerns such as mold and mildew. Warm weather patterns force homeowners to run air conditioners more frequently which is a major factor where I live in South Florida. An increase in precipitation or high...

Safe Home Air During Renovation

Safe Home Air During Renovation

From minor updates such as replacing the vanity in your bathroom to major renovations such as an entire kitchen remodel, it is often important to make sure your home air quality isn’t compromised during these projects. I have had multiple clients who have experienced...

The Dangers of Radon!

The Dangers of Radon!

Where I am located in South Florida, radon or testing for it is almost unheard of. However, due to the dangers of radon, and the occasional testing we do, I think it is good to provide some helpful information to explain what radon is, why it is less of a risk in some...

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All due care is taken to provide true and accurate information on this website. However always call and check with a local building department professional before acting on anything you read on this site as changes are always happening with Codes, Standards and Regulations and requirements can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This information is for general knowledge and reference but is not a code enforcement or building science authority. Some information on this site is based on our opinions and experience developed from our home inspection services and past construction experience as well as our affiliations with The American Society of Home Inspectors and the International Code Council. These opinions are not authoritative but may be helpful in understanding industry standards and finding relevant answers.

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■ Thermal Imaging scan (locates water leaks, overheating electrical, AC leaks behind walls and other surfaces)

■ Termite inspection ( Includes General and
Lawn pests, and rodent inspection)

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■ Mold Lab Testing (By a Mold Hygienist)

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