Here in Volusia County as with other areas of Florida, insurance providers are more cautious today than ever before. Florida has been pummeled with what most of us feel is more than our fair share of storms and hurricanes. Wind mitigation is more important than ever, and many insurers will request regular 4-point inspections for homes 25 years and older.
There are things going on inside the walls of residential and commercial properties you can’t see. Your home inspection should include thermal imaging using an infrared camera to pinpoint unseen problem areas. The best Florida inspection companies do just that.
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.
Sometimes you don’t appreciate something until after-the-fact, like wind mitigation. This is a building technique Florida homebuilders use (or should) to protect residential and commercial structures from wind damage.
Florida may be known as The Sunshine State, but it could also just as easily be dubbed The Hurricane State - and there are numerous tropical storms, tornados, and smaller scale wind storms throughout the year that can also do damage to your home if it's under-protected.
When you are looking to protect your life's biggest financial investment with homeowner's insurance, you certainly don't want to skimp and put your home at risk. But on the other hand, neither do you want to pay any more than you have to.
If you’re a new or prospective homeowner, trying to decide where you should spend and where you should save can be challenging. However, a home inspection is always a solid investment. All you have to decide is what kind of inspection is right for your home. A full home inspection is never a bad idea, but in some cases a 4-point inspection is all you need.
Sometimes it really pays to go the extra mile. In the case of home maintenance, it can help you avoid expensive repair bills down the line and keep you safe from harm. Here are five often overlooked home maintenance tips that could save your wallet — or your life.
Should the buyer's real estate agent attend the home inspection? It's a question that gets asked a lot. There isn't a simple yes or no answer. Whether you attend will depend on the relationship you and your client have as well as how comfortable they are with the process.
With hurricane season rapidly approaching, it's important to start preparing. Although the torrential downpours associated with tropical storms can be devastating on their own, the main event and the thing homeowners fret about most is the wind. But how high do winds need to get before you should start worrying? Not as high as you'd think. Here's how high wind speeds need to be before they start damaging your home.