Vcita Home Inspection & Services of Port St Lucie is licensed and certified to provide comprehensive home inspection services throughout the state of Florida.
Whether you are a buyer or a seller, getting a home inspection is a big deal. A home inspection is a visual assessment of the house’s physical structure and systems within it, which is done by a trained and certified inspector. A professionally trained and certified home inspection will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to make a confident and informed financial decision.
Commercial buildings and business properties are on a whole different scale than your average residential property. In any negotiation, knowledge, and documentation is power. Gathering this information is what a certified commercial inspector can provide you with. Arm yourself with the necessary knowledge to make the best decision for you and your commercial property.
Are you buying a home? A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, so it is important to understand the condition of your investment. When buying a home, you should always have a professional home inspection performed. It can identify potential issues and give you a better idea of the ongoing maintenance the property will require. You need to know exactly what you are getting.
Are you selling your home? Have it inspected before you even list it. Home inspections aren’t just for home buyers. A move-in certified seller inspection alerts you to any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. When a prospective buyer discovers problems it can lead to time delays, and added expenses and can even derail a deal altogether.
An Insurance Liability or 4-Point Inspection will identify both major and minor hazards that may have a negative impact on your homeowner’s insurance. Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue homeowner insurance policies on homes 25 years old or more. Unresolved issues can result in increases in cost for your homeowner’s insurance, or potential cancellation. Resolving these hazards may lower your insurance premiums, saving you money in the long run.
You may think since a home is newly built, it must be perfect. This isn’t always the case though. With so many people working on a home and with so many components to the actual construction, mistakes can be made. No home is perfect but it’s important to know which aspects of a home are worth repairing and which are deal-breakers. A new-construction home inspection can provide key insights into the home’s construction, as well as a chance to prevent costly repairs later on down the line.
As a landlord, performing property inspections is an important part of your job. A rental inspection protects your property from undetected maintenance issues that can cause you a lot of stress and cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. A good landlord-tenant relationship involves cooperation and communication, and this especially applies to handling a rental property inspections. A rental property inspection is often conducted while the property owner and the tenant are present, so they are both informed of any issues or concerns that arise.
Before being banned by the federal government, lead-based paint was commonly used in homes and many other commercial facilities. In buildings constructed before 1978, lead-based paint remains surprisingly common. Lead-based paint was popular for how quickly it dried and its impressive durability. We now know, however, that lead is highly toxic and can cause serious health problems including damage to the kidneys, brain, nerves and blood if absorbed by the body.
Mold is a fungus, and like all fungi, it thrives in moist places. Mold spreads by emitting spores, microscopic particles often as small as a single cell. Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Sometimes mold can form within the walls of the house or in places completely out of sight.
Damage to sewer lines can be devastating to a home, causing both health and structural issues. Homeowners and buyers can be proactive by having a sewer scope inspection done by a certified inspector. A sewer scope inspection uses a video attached to a snake-like cable to examine the home’s sewer line. This privately-owned pipeline leads from the house to the publicly-owned main sewer line or septic tank. Sewer scope inspection can reveal damage to the pipes, blockages, and other problems. It also can spot potential problem areas before they develop into serious issues or hazards.
WDO is an acronym for Wood Destroying Organisms. When people hear the word “wood destroying organism,” most of them immediately think of termites. This is a great first guess – especially since termites damage over 600,000 American homes yearly. In reality, these tiny bugs fall into a subgroup of WDOs known as wood destroying insects. They share this title with carpenter bees, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and other pests.
Water quality testing is a specialized test that checks a home’s water supply for contaminants and pollutants, such as chlorine, lead, and coliform bacteria. Testing can reveal chemical imbalances of the pH, and other attributes, such as hardness of the water. No natural water source is completely free of impurities; contaminants and pathogens must be monitored and mitigated. Testing ensures that the home’s water is consumable and safe for everyday use.
Swimming pools and spas are a lot of fun, but with that fun comes additional maintenance and potential hazards to consider. Whether you’re about to purchase a new property or already have a pool of your own, getting regular pool and spa inspections can save you money and time later on. There are a lot of elements and maintenance that work together for your swimming pool or hot tub to function properly, like appropriately using chemical treatments to safely operating heating and electrical systems.
A comprehensive well or septic inspection can be performed on any system and are most commonly performed at residences. A well or septic inspection is a thorough evaluation of the current condition of your system, along with a complete inspection report detailing the findings. Having your well water tested is essential since you utilize it as your daily source of drinking water. A sewer scope camera is used to detect any clogs, cracks, or abnormalities within the system.
Wind mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques to limit the damage caused by intense wind. Some examples of these features are door/window coverings, how your roof is attached to your home, or how your roof is sealed to prevent water from entering. Wind mitigation helps protect the home from damage. Even if a home is insured, it is always costly when a house is damaged, both for the homeowner and the insurer. Repairs can take months, especially during material shortages that follow massive destruction to entire communities. If proper wind mitigation techniques are used, these expenses can be avoided altogether.
Indoor air investigations can be challenging. There are many aspects to indoor air quality, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inorganic compounds, particulates, allergens, comfort factors, etc. One of the most difficult areas to look at is the VOCs, which are organic chemicals (containing primarily carbon and hydrogen) that vaporize easily at room temperature. There are thousands of different VOCs in indoor air from hundreds of sources, making both source identification and remediation plans challenging. Understanding the sources as well as how the VOCs will react to changing conditions, is crucial to improving air quality.
Out of the roughly 130 million homes in the U.S., 80 million were built between 1980 and 2000, which means that they pre-date modern energy standards and are associated with higher energy use and operating costs per square foot. Many homeowners could save hundreds of dollars annually without changing their lifestyles. A professional home energy audit provides simple, basic, prescriptive measures that millions of homeowners can take to reduce their energy bills while making their homes more comfortable and using that money for something they want.