Since 1994, A-Pro has been helping its clients make smarter, better and more informed decisions as they buy or sell a home. As one of the leading West Palm Beach Home Inspection service companies, A-Pro not only offers you the best possible home inspection, service, and value, but also provides you with the peace of mind that your investment is protected through our 587-point inspection.
Home buyer, beware of faulty roof truss and or insulation problems when buying an existing home
When in the market for a home, some trouble spots will jump out like a sore thumb. But while problems like loose vinyl siding and doors that won’t open will be obvious, other hidden issues, such as compromised wood roof trusses, are cause for even greater concern.
As part of a complete foundation-to-roof home inspection, there are many issues your home inspector will be able to observe regarding wood roof trusses. Truss failure may result in the roof not being able to withstand excessive loads of wind and snow. Here are a few common problems discovered by the certified inspectors at A-Pro West Palm Beach FL Home Inspections:
Bracing Problems: The home inspector will note spots where web members have been tagged with a “bracing required” stamp, but no bracing has been installed. Other truss bracing issues include missing nails, T-reinforcements sliced in the middle rather than being continuous, bracing that is too loose, continuous lateral restraints that block the access hatch or are not properly centered, bracing lumber that does not meet size or grade requirements, and other concerns.
Removed or Cut Web Members: Any removed or cut web members will weaken the system.
Improperly Installed Trusses: The strength of the truss will be affected by nails missing from metal hanger bracket supports. Your home inspector will also report on lack of a bearing plate needed to distribute load when conventional framing sits atop trusses. This can result in sagging.
Damaged Trusses: During the installation process, individual trusses are susceptible to a number of problems, such as metal connector plates that have been torn out or buckled, plates that are partially pulled out, sloppily repaired trusses, or cracked members that may have been the result of failure to use a spreader bar for lifting. Trusses can also suffer damage during shipment or from roof leakage. Your inspector will also note missing or corroded gusset plates.
Trust Uplift: This is a problem caused by seasonally-induced expansion and contraction of lumber, often resulting in drywall cracking.
Are you certified and insured? CHI® (Certified Home Inspector) or PHI® (Professional Home Inspector) certifications are important, but they’re actually not required. These prestigious certifications will assure you that your inspector has undergone more than 500+ hours of education and advanced training, ensuring that your inspection is thorough and reliable. PHI certified inspectors take it a step further. They’re also required to carry Errors and Omissions Insurance coverage. So find out if your inspector has a PHI designation behind his name.
Are you ISHI® certified? Make sure your inspector is ISHI (International Society of Home Inspectors) certified. ISHI standards exceed all others in 14 vitally important ways. Here are some critical checkpoints only required for ISHI inspections: foundation, furnace heat exchanger, all accessible doors and windows, installed built-in appliances, all accessible outlets and more. Additionally, ISHI written reports include positive attributes of the home.
Do you inspect the foundation? Most don’t. In fact, if they say yes, be sure to ask them how they inspect it. They should use a foundation level device to take measurements throughout the house to determine the levelness of the foundation. These measurements are then recorded on a diagram – included on a CAD drawing – showing any uneven foundation settlement.
What if a potential problem is found during the inspection? This may be hard to believe, but if a potential problem is found during an inspection, most inspectors will tell you to call an electrician, roofer, or plumber for further evaluation. With A-Pro, you will NEVER need to call a third party, saving you time, money, and hassle with our “no further evaluation guarantee.”
What happens if you miss something during an inspection? With most inspectors, you will have to pay for repairs and replacements – even if the problem was missed during the inspection. Their evaluation is little more than an opinion. When you choose A-Pro, you receive this pledge: “If we don’t report it, we repair it™” at our own expense, for covered claims up to 120 days.
Since 1994, A-Pro® Home Inspection has helped thousands of clients make smarter, better and more informed decisions as they buy or sell a home. As one of the leading West Palm Beach Fl Home Inspection service companies, A-Pro not only offers you the best possible home inspection, service, and value, but also provides you with the peace of mind that your investment is protected through our iron-clad 120-day assurance guarantee.
A-Pro has been a leader in home inspection for decades. Our mission is to deliver personalized service and advice, 100% transparency and integrity, and the best value for our clients.
A-Pro reports are hard-bound, beautiful, and full of photos! And unlike so many inspectors who pinpoint only negatives, we believe that a balanced approach — covering issues and strengths — leads to better decisions.
A-Pro’s comprehensive 500-point inspection covers everything from the foundation to the rooftop. No third-party inspections and no delays mean a better experience for buyers and sellers alike.
Here’s why more real estate agents recommend A-Pro home inspections.
Many real estate agents view a home inspection as a necessary evil that can delay or derail a sale.
At A-Pro, we believe home inspections should add value and promote the sale of a home, not hinder it. After all, every home has a price and all homes have positive attributes. Shouldn’t home inspection reports reflect the good as well as the bad?
We believe home inspections should not only serve to point out problems. They should provide a fair and balanced evaluation of a home’s condition. That’s why A-Pro reports highlight a home’s positive attributes creating a well-rounded overall picture that’s useful to buyers and sellers alike.
For enhanced MLS listings, our guarantee goes a step beyond other West Palm Beach Fl home inspection companies. Our guarantees transfer protection to the buyer, ensuring that unreported issues and unexpected repairs come out of our pocket, not the buyer’s or seller’s. This is a cornerstone of A-Pro Home Inspection’s protection, and a unique and marketable selling point for Realtors and sellers.
For enhanced MLS listings, our guarantee goes a step beyond other West Palm Beach Fl home inspection companies. Our guarantees transfer protection to the buyer ensures that unreported issues and unexpected repairs come out of our pocket, not the buyers or sellers. This is a cornerstone of the A-Pro home inspection protection, and a unique and marketable selling point for REALTORS® and sellers.
Evidence shows that pre-inspected listings sell faster and for more money than comparable homes that were not pre-inspected. With A-Pro’s Exclusive Certified Pre-Owned Home program, your listings actually stand out and attract the attention of more and more serious buyers.
A-Pro West Palm Beach Fl home inspection reports are clean, professional, and easy to understand. Having an A-Pro inspection report to hand to prospective buyers makes you look good and helps you recommend our inspection service with confidence.
A-Pro West Palm Beach Fl home inspection reports provide important valuation information that help real estate agents justify the selling price of the home to the seller. Generally, the closer a home is listed to its fair value, the faster it will sell!
There’s nothing worse than an unexpected issue curtailing an otherwise smooth sale. A-Pro inspections and reports alert buyers of issues (and benefits) beforehand and can help eliminate roadblocks that delay or prevent a sale.
Are you looking for a West Palm Beach Fl home inspection service? Call us at 1-561-594-0954 to see how we can help you sell homes faster and for more money!
A commercial property is defined as the building structures and improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate. These may include structures such as buildings with residential units operated for profit, mixed-use buildings, strip malls, motels, factories, storage facilities, restaurants and office buildings.
A commercial inspection requires the inspector to make observations, conduct research, and report findings. A-Pro will conduct Commercial Inspections for you.
The A-Pro Inspector will collect information through visual observation during a walk-through survey as well as conduct research about the property including key components and reports relative to the property. A-Pro will then generate a meaningful report about the condition of the property based on the observations made and research conducted.
A standard home inspection includes many of the elements of a structural inspection but is not as in depth as a stand-alone Structural Inspection. During a Structural Inspection the A-Pro Inspector will be looking for and reporting on only the foundation and supporting elements of a home, investigating for a variety of distress indications that may result in repair or further evaluation recommendations.
If you notice a problem such as a sagging roof, bowing walls or cracking foundation or your home has been subject to severe storm damage, flooding or fire call your A-Pro Inspector for a Structural Inspection.
FHA Home Inspection
The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Home Inspection is our standard industry leading Home Inspection but formatted to meet the requirements of our clients that are utilizing an FHA loan. FHA loans provide an option for home ownership to borrowers who may not qualify with other lenders, and often allow lower down payments and interest rates. An FHA insured mortgage can be used to purchase a new or existing home. A home inspection is strongly recommended by the FHA as part of the loan process.
As the FHA is a Federal program, the reporting requirements on Home Inspections supersede those of any state mandated reporting requirements. Insure your loan process is not slowed down due to the Home Inspection expectations and that your investment is protected by calling A-Pro to conduct your FHA Home Inspection.
It may surprise you that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that nearly all homes have some level of Radon in them. Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that emits as radioactive uranium breaks down in soil, water or rocks. Radon enters a home many ways such as through cracks in slabs, wall joints and water supply. An elevated amount of Radon in a home is a health hazard. The standard Home Inspection does not include Radon testing.
The EPA has recommended that every home be tested for Radon and that if the test comes back at an exceeded level to fix the home. The good news is that repairing a home to normal Radon levels is not usually a high cost proposition.
If you need A-Pro’s help in testing for Radon and/or reading the results please call on us.
Most if not all of us have heard the horror stories associated with mold in a home and it is absolutely true that an elevated condition of mold in a home is a health danger. Certain mold spores can lead to respiratory disease, allergic reactions, and other health issues. All mold and the conditions for mold growth (Moisture) can compromise the structure of the home. For Mold to grow it needs three things: (1) Food Source (2) Moisture (3) Warmth
An A-Pro Mold Inspection can help prevent serious problems and significant expenses.
All Home Inspections include a visual inspection of the foundation as a minimum requirement. At A-Pro we understand that a home’s foundation condition ranks very high with our clients relative to concerns about a property and we go over and beyond to inspect the foundation.
The A-Pro Inspection includes a foundation level survey ($150.00 value) as part of every standard home inspection. Call us if you need a foundation inspected.
Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) report aka Termite Inspection
There are many types of Wood Destroying Insects but termites are the most common and cause the most damage. A WDI Inspection is often referred to as a Termite Inspection when really all wood destroying insects are inspected for.
Whether you’re buying, selling, or refinancing your home, there is a high probability that you will need a (WDI) Wood Destroying Insect report. WDI reports provide evidence of possible infestation by wood destroying insects or damage caused thereof that is visible and accessible at the time of inspection. In addition to identifying possible infestations and previous treatment a WDI report will alert a lender or buyer potential problems within the home.
Termites are slow eaters so if a termite infestation is discovered it is usually not a panic situation. Treatment is effective and can be handled in a few months without causing additional problems.
In nearly all states a State Agency provides oversight of WDI Inspection and Treatment and in all cases this inspection is outside the scope of a traditional Home Inspection. Your A-Pro Inspector can consult with you on your options and in many cases provide the WDI Inspection for you.