Certified Home Inspection or Home Inspection Specialist?

As a real estate professional, your reputation depends in part on your recommendations for residential service or financing information. Many home inspection specialists offer a free initial visit to give buyers a “guesstimate” regarding a home’s plumbing, roof, etc. This can be an attractive offer to budget-conscientious home buyers.

The Difference Between Specialists and Professional Inspection Companies
According to Realtor Magazine, the biggest difference between inspectors and specialists is: Inspectors are unbiased. They don’t make their recommendations and observations based on future work.

Specialists may focus on one particular area, and yes; recommendations might be based on receiving a future profit from repairs or replacement work. No matter how honest they are, they stand to gain more when the home needs repairs.

Home Inspectors Should Be Certified, Certified, Certified
When seeking a qualified, honest home inspector for your buyers or sellers, look for the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) seal or logo on a home inspection company’s website. That’s a guarantee your home inspector is trained and certified to meet national standards.

Another seal or logo to look for is approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). This organization is equally important here in Central Florida. DBPR licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals in the State of Florida.

Certification #1: Florida-approved licensing
Florida homes can be constructed from a variety of materials, including concrete blocks to help them withstand hurricane-force winds. We like lots of outdoor space, tiled roofs, many windows, patios/verandas, and we don’t have basements. Because there’s no place on earth like Florida, it’s important to work with local home inspectors. That’s why InterNACHI provides a Florida-approved pre-licensing course for its members.

Certification #2: IAC2
Air conditioning isn’t a luxury in Florida; it’s necessary to maintain our quality of life and health. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and that number is even higher for seniors. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is very important to us, so knowledgeable HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) inspection is critical.

Mold and mildew can thrive anywhere there is moisture and dirt. Our Floridian humidity is a breeding ground for mold, and it’s sometimes difficult to find.

Another home inspection qualification to look for is Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) certification. This means your home inspection professional has completed additional education to determine the presence of mold in a structure.

Certification #3: Standards of Practice
You won’t find many home inspectors willing to buy-back an entire house if their inspection proves bad. But home inspections listed with a licensed real estate agent are often covered by a reputable company’s buy-back guarantee. This guarantee:

  • Is usually valid for 90 days after closing and covers the purchase price
  • Must be based on InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice

Local, Licensed Home and Commercial Property Inspections
Super Inspection Pros has a client base that includes Realtors and licensed real estate professionals from:

  • Daytona Beach
  • DeBary
  • DeLand
  • Deltona
  • Edgewater
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Ormond Beach
  • Pierson
  • Port Orange

and surrounding communities. We also provide specialized reports, but our home inspection services have been the core of our company for over 10 years. We guarantee a 24-hour turnaround time for buyers, sellers, investors, and real estate professionals.

We’re trained, certified, and we’re trusted in our community. Why would we offer less than honest, educated information? After all, we live here, too. Contact Super Inspection Pros to learn more.

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