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International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

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What does it take to be a part of International Association of Certified Home Inspectors? It takes more than just signing up for membership and getting a piece of paper in the mail. You have to show that you are up to the standards to be allowed entry into InterNACHI, (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors). You must follow both a standard of practice and a standard of ethics. This means being able to properly inspect a home, and do so with a sense of conscience not to mistreat or invade into a person’s personal life.

A Summary of Ethics: The InterNACHI has a long list of rules and regulations regarding to business ethics. We will touch on just a few. Under the code of ethics, the home inspector can not discriminate against any person on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, national origin, or handicap. They will not disclose any information about the client or their home to any unauthorized persons. Unless it violates the law or the code of ethics, the inspector should always work for the best interest of their clients. The inspector in question can not fabricate his qualifications or certifications.

A Summary of Standards: These dictate the purpose of an inspection, and the procedures that should be taken when performing the inspection. These help protect the inspector from harm, and helps to define his work for both their own work and the client’s understanding of the work done. These include things such as having no responsibility for aesthetic features of a home, or items that are merely design and not meant for a function of the home. They do not decide items such as property boundaries and are not required to operate or inspect anything seen malfunctioning or dangerous.

These are just a very few of the guidelines required to be a member of InternACHI. Along with these guidelines the inspector must remain current on the laws and requirements of insurance companies and the state itself. They must know how to inspect systems both old and new. They must be physically capable of carrying out inspections in any home to the best of the required work. So when you see the certificate saying that someone belongs to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, you know it is a real accomplishment that requires dedication to remain a part of.

Florida’s Hurricane Season is Coming to a Close for This Year

Florida’s hurricane season is coming to a close for this year, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the inclement weather. Damaging winds and rainfall continue to be possible long after the official season ends.

Constantly berated by the elements, a roof needs to be properly maintained and protected from winter weather, so it doesn’t get added to a list of repair projects.

As winter approaches, a licensed home inspection professional could figure out where the weak points are for a property, and offer proactive advice for preparing for any upcoming storms. In addition to spotting any damage, homeowners should take this step so their houses are in the best possible shape as the seasons shift.

No matter where your home is located, winter weather can take on a variety of forms, and the smartest homeowners take steps to get ready. Even if your home is right here in Florida, and snow is all but out of the question, rain, hail and winds can all wreak havoc on your roof, and the rest of your home for that matter, leaving you wishing you’d had some idea as to what could have been done to protect your property.

Any home that isn’t properly prepared when severe weather does strike could get badly damaged, and for owners, it might feel like they are never as ready as they could be – especially living in a relatively warm climate where  the problems are seemingly few and far between. This sense of false security could lead you down a primrose path, subject you and your family to injury and leave your wallet empty.

Just this week, gale force winds pummeled the coastline, caused by an unforeseen drop in the jet stream, and without warning, homes were damaged across the area. Some of these damaged properties could have been better protected with a simple roof inspection from Home Inspections by Neil.

The average homeowner has no idea how the geometry of your roof can affect its ability to withstand high winds. Flat roofs don’t create a lot of uplift. Gable roofs can be a week point if not properly braced. Hip roofs provide a shape with no gables that many find more visually pleasing.

Armed with this knowledge, homeowners can be primed when the storms come and danger is most likely to strike.

But, preparedness is only one of the benefits to having your home inspected before the storm season and cold weather arrives. The other major benefit to having your roof checked out is SAVING MONEY ON YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE.

In recent years the insurance companies have re-evaluated how they approach the process of determining the premiums they charge for your insurance. Basically they look at your homes location and assume the worst case scenario regarding the structural features of your home that protect it from being damaged by high winds, thus resulting in high premiums.

But you have the right to have a Wind Mitigation Inspection to determine if the structural features of your home will decrease the assumed risk of the insurance company. For each mitigation feature that makes your home stronger the insurance company must reduce your premium by certain percentages.

Just a few of the features Neil Olshefski and his crew of professionals inspect and document on your behalf are:

  • The Age and Building Code of Roof Covering Installation

  • An examination is done of available permits and material documentation. Proper permitting of the installation will help reduce your costs.

  • The Type and Size Fasteners Used to Attach Roof Decking

  • While in the attic we look to find samples of the nails or staples used to attach the roof decking to the trusses.

  • Roof to Wall Attachment

  • There are several types of hardware and methods typically used to attach the roof to the walls. The stronger the method, the better for you.

  • Roof Geometry (see above)

  • Secondary Water Resistance

  • The insurance companies give tremendous discounts for the SWR feature. It is well worth the investment.

  • Opening Protection

  • Storm panels or shutters help to protect against wind borne debris breaking through windows, skylights and doors. It is not as much the rain but the internal pressure created by a broken window that causes the greatest damage.

For more information about these and other inspection packages that can save you money and peace of mind, contact Home Inspections by Neil through the email form located here or call them directly at (386) 795-1843.

Pre-purchase Home Inspections Daytona Beach

home inspectors Pre purchase Home Inspections Daytona BeachA pre-purchase home inspection in Daytona Beach can be costly, but will serve to save you thousands of dollars, unnecessary problems, and untold expense down the road. The relatively small investment of a home inspection in Daytona Beach will give you the peace of mind in knowing that the exterior as well as the interior of your house is not going to cause you any unwanted surprises. Locating, qualifying, moving, and taking possession of your new home is daunting enough. Pre-purchase inspections ensure that the residence will be safe and functional for many years to come.

Whether you are a buyer or seller in need of a house inspection in Daytona Beach, you will need to make sure the house is in safe condition. Don’t trust just anyone to perform your house inspection. Home Inspection Services by Neil Olshefski are guaranteed to be reliable, dependable, and trustworthy. When it comes to getting a good house inspection, you honestly do get what you pay for: cheaper is not always better.

Neil has years of experience in working with architectural and engineering firms on both commercial and residential design. He is also a certified general contractor and a licensed home inspector. His building and design expertise sets him apart from other inspectors; you are guaranteed a thorough and professional house inspection in Daytona Beach with Neil. As a general contractor, he has any eye for anything suspicious and this gives him a definite advantage over that of competitors.

Our professional house inspections in Daytona Beach will cover all of the important aspects of the property. We inspect the exterior of the house, examine the roof, the interior, structural integrity, check the HVAC system, electrical wiring and boxes, and the plumbing throughout the residence. Our house inspections scrutinize the overall functionality and safety of any house. Don’t trust just anyone to give you a pre-purchase inspection, trust us at Home Inspection Services before you take the final step of moving in to any house.

Our home inspections begin with taking a look at the exterior of your home which includes paint, siding, windows, doors, flashing and trim work. We also check gutters and downspouts to ensure they are functioning properly as this can lead to roof leaks and basement and crawlspace flooding if not working properly. Our home inspections also examine the roof and make sure the shingles are in good shape where we look for curling, loose or missing tabs, loss of granular composition, hail damage, damaged decking, and soffits, etc. These factors play a major role in preventing water damage due to faulty roofing materials.

Our home inspections do a thorough check on all appliances, carpeting, flooring, ceilings, basements and stairs. We check water heaters, water pumps, sprinkler systems, and pool pumps. Nothing goes unchecked with our home inspections. We will even check your electrical panels and wiring. Most house inspections in Daytona Beach don’t include this service, but we understand the importance of making sure a home has been properly wired to meet and exceed all safety standards.