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The Rain and Home Inspections

The rain and home inspections can work together. Summer in Florida sometimes feels like Seattle – rain every single day. The rain may last a few hours, or a few minutes, or even all day. Either way it rains at some point during the day, every single day, in the month of June. While the rain starts to very slowly lighten up in July, hurricane season starts in late July and continues through September. In this article we want to highlight some points pertaining to the weather and how rain may effect your home inspection.

Yes we inspect in the rain

Many customers will ask us if we perform home inspections in the rain. The answer is yes we do. There is a great upside to inspecting a home in the rain – and that’s water leaks. The easiest way to know if a roof (or other places) is leaking is to inspect a home during the rain. So the rain can actually be an advantage. Of course an obvious disadvantage of inspecting in the rain is it can make some things more dangerous, such as being on the roof to inspect the roof, but we are seasoned professionals that know what we’re doing.

You see clearly in the rain

As mentioned in the paragraph above, the easiest way to find a roof leak is when it’s raining; but that’s not the only thing you can find. Are there any leaks behind the walls? Do the rain gutters work as they should? Does the backyard flood? Though we always check for grading and foundation problems, we many think it looks great but in reality water puddles and the backyard flooding is not something anyone would know until it actually rained. Let the rain work in your favor.

The downside is an upside

There is a downside to just about everything and the rain is no exception. All of our property inspectors go through rigorous training and each one is just as comfortable inspecting in the rain as they are in the sunshine. Don’t be afraid to call us because you’re concerned about the weather. Let the weather be our concern and you focus on all the things you need to focus on. Contact us now to schedule your home inspection.

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The Weather and Home Inspections

Have you ever considered how the weather could effect your home inspection? If you live in a place with extreme weather then this though may have ran across your mind. Otherwise, you may have never considered how the weather and home inspections are connected, and how knowing that could be a huge benefit for the home-buyer. Our next series of blogs will discuss how different weather patterns can affect a thorough home inspection and how to avoid mistakes by accommodating to the weather. In this article, we start with the heat.

The Heat in the Attic

Let’s start with the heat since Divinity Inspections Service is located in tropical Florida and we are now in the midst of summer. The heat is high every single day and sometimes the humidity feels even higher. As hot as it may feel outside it is even hotter in your attic! This is especially dangerous for a home inspector. Because of the heat, some home inspectors may not be able to inspect the attic of a house. If they are able to inspect the attic they may be prevented from doing a thorough job because of the heat or lack of ventilation. In this case, try to schedule the home inspection during the late evenings to give the home a chance to cool off a little.

The Heat on the Roof

You thought the attic is hot but you haven’t even felt the roof! That direct sunlight hitting the roof for 8 hours is sure to guarantee high temperatures. Since home inspectors have to check the roof for a thorough inspection the best way to avoid any danger is to schedule the inspection during the evening hours or even at night. This will give the home a little time to cool off.

The Heat Under the House

A crawl space is very similar to an attic space. These tiny spaces usually lack proper (or sometimes any) ventilation creating a very dangerous situation for a home inspector. Also depending on the foundation under the home, the very foundation could be effected by the heat. A good home inspector does a thorough inspection of every area of the home, crawl space included. If the home you are considering buying has a crawl space under the house you may want to keep this in mind during those extra hot summer days.

The weather and home inspections may not seem to correlate at first, but after this snippet on heat alone, we hope to change your mind. Of course a good home inspector already knows this and will take the weather into consideration when scheduling your home inspection.

 

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Verify Your Contractors

Many times a good home inspector will run into an all-too familiar problem. It starts out like every other inspection, checking for important home characteristics, installations, foundation, etc. But then it happens – a clear indicator of unverified (or just really bad) contractors. The problem could consists of bad electrical wiring, incorrect installation of a toilet, a wrong size drip pan in the a/c unit, and the list goes on and on. So let this article be a warning, for any work that needs to be done around the house don’t skimp by using the first (or the cheapest) contractor you can find. At the end of the day, and down the road, you will absolutely regret the decision to hire an unverified contractor. Here are some steps to ensure you get both a fairly priced contractor and a trustworthy contractor.

Use Referrals

Someone almost always knows someone they can refer for contract work. Asking around is a great place to start – but it shouldn’t be where you end. A person referring a business, company, or individual may have the best intentions in doing so but referrals are not guaranteed so you still need to take the extra time to check them out.

Read the Online Reviews

Real feedback from real people should be a deciding factor in hiring a contractor. Most businesses have online reviews from Google, Yelp, or another platform where you can easily and freely see what other people have to say about their service. While the commonly known fact that people are more apt to voice their opinion when they’re unhappy vs. when they are happy, you should still utilize the information. Chances are high the reviews are going to tell you something about the business you are considering.

Call Around

Tampa is saturated with contractors. From handymen to large companies, you have a plethora of choices. So why wouldn’t you call around? Ask about pricing, check out how they deal with you on the phone, and get all of your questions answered. If you run into an issue with a company’s service down the line, more than likely the way you are treated when you call is how you will be treated in the future, so don’t wait until you’ve hired them to find out.

At Divinity Inspection Service we offer a vendor list to any customer upon request. We know, like, and trust our vendors which is why we refer them. You can also trust that they have been verified by us. No matter which vendor or contractor you decide to hire, now or in the future, make sure you verify them first.