Home Inspections by Neil Can Prevent Surprises

The last things a potential buyer wants to experience when negotiating the purchase of a new home are surprises.

Surprise! The roof is damaged.

Surprise! There are some substantial leaks in the indoor plumbing.

Home Inspections by Neil can prevent surprises by doing a thorough examination of all the systems in the home. Your inspection will include the Exterior, Roof, Structural, Interior, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems. You need to be knowledgeable about the details before you fall in love with that dream property.

Your pre-purchase inspection will cover many areas and will most likely take a few hours.

  • We take a look at your siding or stucco, trim work and flashings, paint, porches, windows and exterior doors. These areas are examined for possible water intrusion points. The property is also checked for proper drainage.

  • We check the roof for signs of deterioration such as loose or missing tabs on shingles, curling tips on shingles, warped decking or signs of leaks. Chimneys, skylights, and vents are notorious for water intrusion.

  • Inside the home, appliances, interior doors, window operation, ceilings, flooring, railings and fixtures are all inspected for damage and proper function.

  • We examine the cooling equipment and controls for proper operations. We also look at the heating, piping, fuel supply, duct work, chimneys and flues, fireplace damper doors and safety controls.

  • Unlike many Home Inspection Services we actually open the electrical panel to look for defects. Quite often we find work done by amateurs with double taps, over-sized main breakers and undersized wiring. This also gives us the opportunity to check for aluminum branch wiring and electrical panels that your insurance company may not accept. (These areas are very dangerous. Please do not ever open a panel unless you are a trained professional.)

  • We check for properly operating shut off valves, water heaters, faucets, piping, water pumps, sprinkler systems and pool pumps.

Having these and many other areas checked by the professionals at Home Inspections by Neil can save you money in both the short term and the long run.

Perhaps you’ve been contacted by your homeowner’s insurance carrier and informed that they require an inspection to continue coverage of your home. The reason that the insurance company is requiring a 4 Point Inspection is due to the age of your home. Citizens Insurance has announced that they now require a 4 Point Inspection on all homes over 30 years old starting in September of 2012. The 4 Point Inspection looks at four of the systems in your home; Roofing, Electrical, Plumbing and Air Conditioning. They simply want to confirm that the systems are operating properly, are up to code and are not so old that they will come apart in the next storm or present a hazard to your safety or your property.

Don’t worry though, as generally speaking, most homes have no problem getting through the 4 Point Inspection.

These and many other services are what Neil Olshefski of Home Inspections by Neil specialize in. Neil is not only a Licensed Home Inspector in Florida but also a Florida Certified General Contractor with home building experience and years of experience working for architectural engineering firms on the commercial and residential design side. There are lots of “Licensed Inspectors” out there, but most of them have no building or design experience in their background.

Neil has specific knowledge and skills to make sure you can be confident and safe in your new home. He has been glowingly reviewed on Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com) and is trusted by real estate agents and home buyers alike.

Whether you reside there now, or are looking to buy, your home is your castle. Protect your investment and your interests by letting Neil Olshefski and Home Inspections by Neil identify potential areas of concern you need to know about.


Home Inspections By Neil Can Prevent Surprises
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Home Inspections By Neil Can Prevent Surprises
Nothing can ruin the joy of a new home like the surprise of needing a new roof or air conditioner.