Thursday, February 28, 2013

OSB vs PLYWOOD

Oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood are wood structural panels made by compressing and gluing pieces of wood together. While OSB and plywood appear similar and are generally interchangeable, the different ways that each material is manufactured contribute to each having its own unique strengths and weaknesses. 

What are they, and how are they made?

OSB is manufactured from heat-cured adhesives and rectangular- shaped wood strands that are arranged in cross-oriented layers. Produced in large, continuous mats, OSB is a solid-panel product of consistent quality with few voids or gaps. The finished product is an engineered wood panel that shares many of the strength and performance characteristics of plywood. 

Plywood is made from thin sheets of veneer (layers of wood that are peeled from a spinning log) that are cross-laminated and glued together with a hot press. Throughout the thickness of the panel, the grain of each layer is positioned perpendicular to the adjacent layer. The finished product is made from an odd number of layers so that a balance is maintained around its central access.  Since it is made from whole layers of logs rather than small strands, plywood has a more consistent and less rough appearance than OSB.  

A few facts about OSB and plywood:
  • While OSB developed fairly recently, it became more popular than plywood in North America by 2000. Today, nearly twice as much OSB as plywood is produced in North America.
  • Outside of North America, OSB is not commonly used in construction. In 2005, the combined production of OSB in Europe and Latin America was just 3.5 billion square feet - less than seven times as much as was produced in North America that year.
  • While both products are made from different materials, and some builders strongly prefer one or the other, OSB and plywood are both manufactured according to the same performance standards.
  • OSB can be made from narrower, faster growing trees than plywood.
In favor of OSB:
  • OSB can be manufactured into panels that are larger than plywood. 
  • OSB is more uniform, so there are fewer soft spots, such as those that can occur in plywood. 
  • OSB is less expensive than plywood. To build a typical 2,400-square foot home, OSB may cost $700 less than plywood.
  • OSB is considered by many to be a "green" building material because it can be made from smaller-diameter trees, such as poplars, that are often farmed. Plywood production, by contrast, requires larger-diameter trees from old-growth forests.
  • Plywood has a tendency to delaminate, especially in hot climates such as Florida. 

In favor of plywood:
  • While plywood and OSB both off-gas formaldehyde, OSB off-gasses more of the carcinogenic gas. Plywood, OSB, and other engineered wood products that contain glue can be stored outdoors for several weeks before construction so that much of the dangerous gasses are vented safely into the outdoors.
  • OSB weighs more than plywood. One 23/32-inch 4x8-foot plywood piece weighs approximately 67 pounds, while a piece of OSB of the same dimensions weighs approximately 78 pounds. The increased weight of OSB means that it is harder to install and it will put more stress on the house.
  • Compared to plywood, OSB swells more when it comes into contact with water, especially at panel edges. Swell is generally greater in OSB than in plywood due to the release of compaction stress in OSB created during the pressing of wood chips into panels. Swollen plywood will return to its nominal thickness as the wood dries, while OSB will remain permanently swollen, to some degree. Swelling is a nuisance because it can uplift whatever materials lie above, such as tile or carpet.
  • Plywood floors are stiffer than OSB floors by a factor of approximately 10%. As a result, OSB floors are more likely to:
    • squeak due to floor movement;
    • cause hard floor surfaces to crack (such as tile); and
    • result in soft, spongy floors. Nails and screws are more likely to remain in place more firmly in plywood than in OSB.
  • OSB retains water longer than plywood does, which makes decay more likely in OSB than in plywood. Of course, tree species plays a large role in this determination. OSB made from aspen or poplar is relatively susceptible to decay. In one of the biggest consumer class-action lawsuits ever, Louisiana-Pacific (LP), a building materials manufacturer, was forced to pay $375 million to 75,000 homeowners who complained of decaying OSB in their homes.
Note:  Much of the information above that favors plywood over OSB is summarized from a study by Georgia-Pacific, a building materials manufacturer. While Georgia-Pacific manufactures both materials and thus has no obvious bias, the study does not state whether it compared multiple brands of OSB and plywood or merely their own. 

In summary, OSB and plywood, while used for the same purposes, perform somewhat differently.

You often suggest to your buyers and sellers that they obtain a professional home inspection.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A SitePro Inspection

A SitePro Inspection:

Whether you are looking for a home buyer inspection, home seller inspection, commercial inspection, construction inspection, builder's warranty inspection or other specialty services, SitePro inspectors are experienced in all aspects of property inspection. We understand that every property is an important investment, and provide the property condition information you need for the best possible decision making.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism, honesty and integrity. SitePro inspectors follow national standards with state licensing requirements.

What is Inspected

A SitePro inspection includes hundreds of components of the home, including:

 

    Interior
    Exterior
    Foundation
    Roof
    Electrical
    Plumbing
    HVAC
    and more...






We provide each customer with a state-of-the art report, which clearly explains the inspection results. We are trained to communicate the significance of each major and minor property concern. We appreciate your business and clearly will not take it for granted, additionally we will continue to work for it.

Van Hibberts, CMI, ACA


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ask a SitePro Inspector


What are the types of fireplaces I might find on a property?

Fireplace



Fireplaces can be a wood-burning open masonry fireplace, the traditional Santa-Claus entry-point, a factory built wood-burning fireplace, or an insert. The traditional fireplace is generally around 5 to 15 percent efficient, and may even cause a negative energy flow if the damper is left open with no fire inside.


Inserts, metal boxes that slide neatly into the firebox, are rated around 80 percent efficient. Inserts may operate off electricity, gas, propane, wood, pellets or coal. Non-wood fireplaces can come with faux logs that give the impression of a wood fireplace. Some inserts can heat a medium room well, others, like some electrical models, produce no heat at all. Gas fireplaces require a pilot light to start, others operate off remote control.

A professional SitePro inspector will focus on the visible areas of the fireplace, insert or wood stove during an inspection.  They will look at the firebox and hearth, check for any signs of warping on the metal sidewalls of an insert, or signs and cracks in the firebricks. They also check that flammable materials are moved well away from the hearth.

Maintenance Matters

Fireplace in Living Room

Wood stoves or fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified, licensed specialist annually. Without annual maintenance, creosote, a flammable tar-like substance can build up inside the chimney and flue, becoming a potential fire hazard. Other tips to keep in mind, include:
Vacuuming and dusting the hearth can be done weekly, but should never be done until all embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours.

Using water to put out a fire in a wood burning stove will cause a big mess. The water mixes with the ash to form a paste that can be difficult to remove.

Avoid using any cleaner that may leave behind a flammable residue.

If you choose to clean the hearth and chimney yourself, use rubber gloves, drop cloths and keep a trash can lined with two bags nearby.

Snapshots from the Field
Snapshot from the Field

What’s wrong with this picture?

A.) The bottom of the fire box has to be open to allow for better air exchange.
B.) It’s possible to support a gas log unit with wooden 2 x 4s.
C.) The gas control valve should really be outside the firebox for safety.
D.)  Missing fire-proof materials and the gas control valve located inside the firebox are both safety hazards. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified licensed specialist.



The correct answer is D.) Missing fire-proof materials and the gas control valve located inside the firebox are both safety hazards. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified licensed specialist.


 Be advised

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why Northwest Florida Realtors And Their Clients Trust Our Services




You often suggest to your buyers
 and sellers that they obtain a
 professional home inspection.
 But it can be difficult to know
who to call.

As professional home inspectors,
 our goal continues to be making
the home inspection experience
 reliable and useful.

We conduct comprehensive visual evaluations and provide objective, easy-to-understand reports that your clients can use to make sound decisions. For your buyers, we help you provide peace of mind. For your sellers, we provide another valuable marketing advantage. Flexible schedules. Professional services.

Our inspection services include:
  • Commercial Inspections
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Home Maintenance Inspections
  • Listing Inspections
  • Mold Testing
  • New Construction Inspections
  • Moisture Analysis
  • Infarred Survey
  • Wind Mitigation Assessment
  • 4-Point Insurance Letter
  • WDO Report

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Noteworthy News, Heating Your Home During These Cooler Days and Evenings



Weatherization programs have been popular across the United States in helping homeowners identify effective energy-saving improvements. Some improvements include adding insulation, upgrading heaters, replacing or reinforcing windows and adding weather-stripping, thresholds, and/or door sweeps to reduce the amount of heat loss.

Weatherization assistance programs vary state-to-state, SitePro can provide an initial energy audit of the home, followed by recommended repairs. Priority may be given based on income or age of the residents.

Some programs are funded by the State of Florida or federal agencies and may include a follow-up inspection to determine if greater energy efficiencies are met. As with anything, never trust anyone who requires money up front. Generally an initial interview process is necessary.

As a result of weatherizing the home, energy is saved, heating costs will drop and the comfort of those living in the home increases. SitePro can provide you with an energy audit.

Did You Know?

One portable generator can produce as much carbon monoxide as hundreds of cars. This is why generators should never be used indoors, in garages, basements or sheds. Contact SitePro to have one of there inspectors schedule an appointment.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

What is a GFCI?
A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a device used in electrical wiring to disconnect a circuit when unbalanced current is detected between an energized conductor and a neutral return conductor.  Such an imbalance is sometimes caused by current "leaking" through a person who is simultaneously in contact with a ground and an energized part of the circuit, which could result in lethal shock.  

SitePro Inspectors check all GFCI's during there regular inspections.


GFCIs are designed to provide protection in such a situation, unlike standard circuit breakers, which guard against overloads, short circuits and ground faults. 
It is estimated that about 300 deaths by electrocution occur every year, so the use of GFCIs has been adopted in new construction, and recommended as an upgrade in older construction, in order to mitigate the possibility of injury or fatality from electric shock.


History
The first high-sensitivity system for detecting current leaking to ground was developed by Henri Rubin in 1955 for use in South African mines.  This cold-cathode system had a tripping sensitivity of 250 mA (milliamperes), and was soon followed by an upgraded design that allowed for adjustable trip-sensitivity from 12.5 to 17.5 mA.  The extremely rapid tripping after earth leakage-detection caused the circuit to de-energize before electric shock could drive a person's heart into ventricular fibrillation, which is usually the specific cause of death attributed to electric shock.
Charles Dalziel first developed a transistorized version of the ground-fault circuit interrupter in 1961.  Through the 1970s, most GFCIs were of the circuit-breaker type.  This version of the GFCI was prone to frequent false trips due to poor alternating-current characteristics of 120-volt insulations.  Especially in circuits with long cable runs, current leaking along the conductors’ insulation could be high enough that breakers tended to trip at the slightest imbalance. 
Since the early 1980s, ground-fault circuit interrupters have been built into outlet receptacles, and advances in design in both receptacle and breaker types have improved reliability while reducing instances of "false trips," known as nuisance-tripping.
NEC Requirements for GFCIs
The National Electrical Code (NEC) has included recommendations and requirements for GFCIs in some form since 1968, when it first allowed for GFCIs as a method of protection for underwater swimming pool lights.  Throughout the 1970s, GFCI installation requirements were gradually added for 120-volt receptacles in areas prone to possible water contact, including bathrooms, garages, and any receptacles located outdoors.
The 1980s saw additional requirements implemented.  During this period, kitchens and basements were added as areas that were required to have GFCIs, as well as boat houses, commercial garages, and indoor pools and spas.  New requirements during the '90s included crawlspaces, wet bars and rooftops.  Elevator machine rooms, car tops and pits were also included at this time.  In 1996, GFCIs were mandated for all temporary wiring for construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair, demolition and similar activities and, in 1999, the NEC extended GFCI requirements to carnivals, circuses and fairs.
The 2008 NEC contains additional updates relevant to GFCI use, as well as some exceptions for certain areas.  The 2008 language is presented here for reference.
2008 NEC on GFCIs
100.1 Definition
100.1  Definitions. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter. A device intended for the protection of personnel that functions to de-energize a circuit or portion thereof within an established period of time when a current to ground exceeds the values established for a Class A device.
FPN: Class A ground-fault circuit interrupters trip when the current to ground has a value in the range of 4 mA to 6 mA.  For further information, see UL 943, standard for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
210.8(A)&(B)  Protection for Personnel
210.8 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection for Personnel.
(A)  Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in (1) through (8) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel.

(1)   bathrooms;

(2)   garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade level not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use;
Exception No. 1: Receptacles not readily accessible.
Exception No. 2: A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).
Receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(2) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G)

(3)   outdoors;
Exception: Receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied by a dedicated branch circuit for electric snow melting or deicing equipment shall be permitted to be installed in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 426.
(4)   crawlspaces at or below grade level;
(5)   unfinished basements.  For the purposes of this section, unfinished basements are defined as portions or areas of the basement not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and the like;
Exception No. 1: Receptacles that are not readily accessible.
Exception No. 2:  A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).
Exception No. 3: A receptacle supplying only a permanently installed fire alarm or burglar alarm system shall not be required to have ground-fault circuit interrupter protection.
Receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(2) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G)

(6)   kitchens, where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces;
(7)   wet bar sinks, where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces and are located within 6 feet (1.8 m) of the outside edge of the wet bar sink;
(8)   boathouses;
(B) Other Than Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles Installed in the locations specified in (1), (2), and (3) shall have ground-fault circuit interrupter protection for personnel:
(1)   bathrooms;
(2)   rooftops;
Exception: Receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied by a dedicated branch circuit for electric snow-melting or de-icing equipment shall be permitted to be installed in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 426.
(3)   kitchens.
Testing Receptacle-Type GFCIs
Receptacle-type GFCIs are currently designed to allow for safe and easy testing that can be performed without any professional or technical knowledge of electricity.  GFCIs should be tested right after installation to make sure they are working properly and protecting the circuit.  They should also be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly and are providing protection from fatal shock. 
To test the receptacle GFCI, first plug a nightlight or lamp into the outlet. The light should be on.  Then press the "TEST" button on the GFCI. The "RESET" button should pop out, and the light should turn off.
If the "RESET" button pops out but the light does not turn off, the GFCI has been improperly wired. Contact an electrician to correct the wiring errors.
If the "RESET" button does not pop out, the GFCI is defective and should be replaced.
If the GFCI is functioning properly and the lamp turns off, press the "RESET" button to restore power to the outlet.

Contact a SitePro Inspector for your next inspection.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ask any SitePro Inspector


What do you look for when inspecting a kitchen?


A SitePro inspector will examine the electrical, plumbing and built-in appliances to make sure they are in good working condition and are safe to operate.

In older homes, countertop electrical outlets may be few and far between. A SitePro inspector may recommend that you consider installing additional outlets to bring your kitchen up to date to handle today’s array of small household appliances.

The condition of doors, windows, cabinets, countertops and flooring is checked for any defects.  The SitePro inspector will look carefully for plumbing leaks.  Slow leaks under sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators can damage cabinets and flooring over time.

The ventilation system in the kitchen is also checked.  Your SitePro inspector will make sure there is a working exhaust vent over the range to capture or remove smoke and moisture from cooking.  Inadequate exhaust venting can lead to moisture damage.

A careful inspection of your kitchen can identify areas in need of repair or improvements you might consider making.

Be Advised



The kitchen is not only where meals are prepared, but it can be a gathering place for the family. It can also be the place of many accidents and is the number one area where home fires start. To keep yourself and your family safe, here are a few tips:

Keep An Eye On Cooking – Unmonitored cooking is the number one cause of fires in the United States. Always have someone look over the range.

Limit Chance of Fires – When cooking it is always best to roll your sleeves up and keep loose fitting clothes tucked in. If clothing gets too close to an open flame, it can easily catch fire.

Keep Counters Tidy – Keep anything that can catch fire, such as plastic bags, towels, etc… away from the range top.

Electrical Outlets – If you don’t have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the kitchen, you should have them installed. These outlets can prevent a serious shock or electrocution.

Adjust Water Heater – Keep your water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of scalding incidents happen each year in the kitchen from tap water.

Just a little awareness in the kitchen can limit the chance of fires or other accidents from occurring. Small, easy safety measures can be the difference between a hazard and a well functioning kitchen.

A Snapshot from the Field



Can you guess what is wrong in this photo?
A.) PVC should not be used in this application
B.) “S” traps are not acceptable for under sink applications
C.) “C” traps are not acceptable  for under sink applications
D.)  Window cleaner can corrode PVC





The correct answer is  B.) “S” traps are not acceptable for under sink applications

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pre-Listing Inspections - A Sure Sell?


It's no news that it's a buyer's market in many markets across the country. In my area there are over 16,500 homes on the market and foreclosures are up 55 percent from this time last year.

What can agents do to get these properties moved and a big paycheck in their pocket? Get a pre-listing inspection.

I know we've all heard about them and most everyone has their own opinion, ranging from, "There must be something wrong with the home if the seller has already done an inspection on it," to the outdated idea that a buyer, not the seller, is responsible for the inspection.

Or how about the weird rationalization that the buyer will get their own inspection, anyway, so why should the seller go to the trouble and expense to get their own? Or even the belief that pre-listing inspections are more trouble for the listing agent than they're worth because the buyer's and seller's inspectors will each find different things, which could blow up in the listing agent's face.

Now I'm not talking about the traditional idea of performing an inspection of the seller's property simply for the benefit of the seller. I'm talking about something completely different.

And what's so different? The positioning and marketing of the inspection.

Most of us know that pre-listing inspections aren't for the meek or weak agent. They represent a shift in thinking from the traditional to the rational and are often a tough sell to many seller's who believe that the buyers are responsible for the inspections, which results in their heavy resistance to the pre-listing inspection idea and, many times, its rejection.

However, in my opinion, pre-listing inspections should be the rule rather than the exception.

They reveal any hidden issues to the seller before the home gets placed on the market, which later translates into the buyer knowing its true condition before they submit an offer.

This valuable information only makes all offers stronger and now the deal is unlikely to snag when the buyer gets their own home inspection (which they likely will, so please don't mislead your sellers into believing that they won't -- it's just a bonus if the buyer's pass it up).

Also, by getting the pre-listing inspection the seller has also enhanced the likelihood of a successful closing by creating a feeling of honesty and trust since they've disclosed, concessed, or repaired all the necessary items.

Another seller benefit is that the items needing professional attention can be corrected at a time that fits their schedule and at a more reasonable price since the costly rush charges associated with repairing these items as a consequence of the buyer's inspection are avoided.

So let me explain why and how this new pre-listing inspection works by stealing a page out of our local auto dealership's playbook:

When you go into an automobile dealership today they have two types of used cars: 1 The plain old used car 2 The "Certified Pre-Owned" car

Now what does Certified Pre-Owned mean in the mind of the consumer? It means that the Certified Pre- Owned Vehicle has been inspected and it meets the company's rigid guidelines for quality and excellence.

And will consumers pay more for Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles? Absolutely.

So let's say you have a listing on a street in a great neighborhood, but there are already a lot of homes for sale on that street. How do you not only stand out from your competitors, but also swipe their buyers?

Actively market your listing as a "Certified Pre-Owned" home.

And how do you get it "Certified"? By having it professionally inspected before it goes on the market!

As you know, home buyers want a home that is in tip-top shape regardless of the age. That's why having a pre-listing inspection makes complete sense. Since this pre-listing program requires the seller to confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and that there are no known safety hazards (which is what requires the seller to address the important things found in the inspection), the home is now more marketable and will help the sellers get their maximum selling price.

Finally, there is one secret all sellers need to know:

1 Buyers make their decision to purchase a home based on emotion and justify that decision with logic.

And another thing is equally true:

2 Buyer's can fall out of love with a home just as quickly as they fell in love with it.

So why jeopardize the sale (and your hard earned commission) by waiting for the buyer's inspector to develop a long list of unexpected repair items? Making the repairs in advance of the sale and then properly positioning and marketing the pre-listing inspection will sell your listing for more money, in less time, and with less hassle!

So Do You Think There's A Downside To Getting A Pre-Listing Inspection?


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Professional Home Inspections. What Everyone Needs To Know.


This is a really good and important question. Many home buyers (and even agents) don't know exactly what a home inspector does. So let me clear the smoke right now.

There are basically 3 aspects to every home inspection:

1st - A home inspection is a visual, non-intrusive, & fair effort to discover the real material condition of the home during the time and day that the inspection takes place.

2nd - A home inspection isn't really about the home inspector telling you what's wrong with the home more than it is a discovery session for you to make sure you understand what you're buying so that you can decide if it falls within your expectations and is a good fit for your situation.

You see, my job is to make sure I align the reality of the home's condition with your expectations. If I can successfully do that, then I've done my job.

3rd - The home inspection report. The report is designed to summarize and convey the findings in a way that is clear, simple, complete, and easy-to-understand. If a home inspection is a snapshot in time of the condition of a home, then the report is the photo, itself (and a good report will have lots of photos). Without the report there is no real home inspection. It allows you to go back through the inspection as many times as you like in order to decide if the house is a good fit for you and your circumstances.

By nature, it's limited in scope to what can be seen, touched and tested, which particularly applies to vacant homes where a home inspector is forced to play detective and do the best they can during the short period of time they're at the home to find everything (good and bad) that you'll need to know in order to make an educated decision about the home.

If your schedule allows, you should also be encouraged to take advantage of the rare opportunity to follow a professional home inspector around your home who will invite your questions, concerns, and impart key information and advice that will certainly help you while you live in and maintain your home for years to come.

Some key points to remember about home inspections:

1. No house is perfect. Not even a brand new home. There will always be something worth noting in the report.

2. Not all home inspectors are created equal. Just like auto mechanics, some are better than others. Price should not be the most important consideration when comparing home inspection firms. Use word-of-mouth referrals, past client reviews, time in business, background, and expertise. This is especially true since you're making such a large and important investment.

3. A home inspection is an investment in the quality of your new home. View it as one. Personally, I always have a goal that the items I find in a home will at least cover the cost of the inspection when they are negotiated for repair. Of course, that doesn't always happens. Than again, sometimes my fee is tiny in comparison to what I find.

4. Old homes are like old people, the older they get the more attention they need (my sons laugh when I say that). Be sure to see older homes (50+) as they're supposed to be seen and try to avoid bringing the same set of expectations you had when you looked at that 10 year old home earlier in the day. It will not look or perform the same way. The 3 biggest concerns in every old home? The plumbing, electrical system, and foundation.


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Pre-Listing Home Inspection


The Panhandle area continues to grow. Moreover, most homes appreciate 7-15% annually. As a result, many homeowners have discovered the benefits of building homes, living in them for a few years and then moving on to a larger home. Hence on any given day, one can see homes that are 2-5 years old in a neighborhood with FOR SALE signs in the front yard.

Think of all that goes into selling a home--the cleaning, the garage sale, the worry, the uncertainty, finding the mortgage professional to get a new loan, and then finding a real estate professional to sell the house--And that is before you even start looking for a new home and neighborhood! The last thing on your mind is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection. Yet, it could be the most important thing you do to prepare for your home sale.

Why a Pre-Listing Home Inspection??? Sure your home was in great shape when you built it. Or was it? Were you one of those who laughed at your neighbors and decided a New Home/Builder’s Warranty Inspection was not for you? Are you sure you caught everything the home builder might have forgotten or are there things that you are uncertain are in as good of shape as you thought. Why take the risk of selling your home and then having a BUYER HOME INSPECTOR find countless issues that will cost you thousands off the price and maybe even cost you the sale. For a small fraction of the cost of your home, have the peace of mind that your home is in good condition.

More Reasons Why…

  • There's no waiting for a potential buyer to order a home inspection.
  • Hassle Free Home Sale
  • You'll impress buyers with proof of your home's condition inside and out.
  • Correct problems and eliminate last-minute repair hassles that could delay closing.
  • Decrease the chances of unknown problems that cause sales to fall through.
  • Get a better price for your home.

Ask yourself, if you were buying your home…would you buy yours which had a Pre-Listing Inspection or the one that didn’t…That answer is simple-Yours!


Request an Inspection Or Call 850-934-6800 To Schedule Your Inspection Today!

Friday, February 1, 2013

New Home / Builder's Warranty Inspections


The Panhandle area continues to grow. As a result, home builders continue to scramble for more and more land and seem to be building homes at a record pace. Owning a home is the American Ideal, but building a home is the Dream of a Lifetime. Unfortunately, for some new homeowners it can become a nightmare.

As a result of extraordinary growth in the Panhandle over the last few decades, builders have grown to rely upon subcontractors who are continually looking for qualified labor. Most of these subcontractors are exceptional and well trained. However, with the record pace of building, it is possible to have workers who are tired, overworked or not as qualified as they should be. As a result, some new homeowners have found that these subcontractors have maybe forgotten to insulate portions of attics, have not installed electrical or plumbing components correctly, or have failed to finish their work such as not installing all the roof tiles needed for a roof. If they do not document these items or catch them before the end of their warranty, the homeowner, not the builder, is responsible for repairing these items down the road when they sell their home and the buyers have an inspection performed.. As a result, these homeowners are faced with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in costs that could have been avoided with a comprehensive inspection.

By working with SitePro, you can provide your builder with a thorough, detailed written summary of defects that need to be corrected while your home is still under warranty. It's a good idea to have an independent authority conduct your home inspection. That way you have the peace of mind knowing you have a complete and accurate account of your home's condition.

There are many local inspection companies who perform these types of inspections, but only a few are as thorough, experienced, or professional as a SitePro inspector. Understanding that a new home can be overwhelming and sometimes fearful, our inspectors take extra time to ask you what issues you are concerned about. We encourage you to be present during the inspection and in some cases follow us so you can see what we see. Whether you follow us or not, we take time at the end of the inspection to walk through the home identifying issues. Additionally, inspectors from SitePro take extra time to point out maintenance issues. Our inspections not only cover the basic items in a normal inspection, we spend extra time looking at systems and structural components to ensure potential issues caused by substandard workmanship are identified and corrected before they become an issue. SitePro inspectors are not only highly qualified in construction trades, building and zoning and real estate, we have an acute understanding of the process as well as typical mistakes that are made over and over by some subcontractors.

Why not REQUEST AN INSPECTION today and have the PEACE OF MIND you always wanted for a fraction of replacing/repairing/installing items in the future?