November Inspection

A building's central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual inspection performed by a trained professional is recommended, homeowners can do a lot of the work themselves...

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Home plumbing is one of the most important aspects to consider when looking for a new home

These pipes carry clean drinking water throughout your home and impact your monthly utility bills. But did you know that these pipes can also affect your quality of life? Leaky pipes can lead to mold and other health problems, so check that before...

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Protecting Your Home With Wind Mitigation

There is no excuse for Floridians to be lax about protecting their homes. It might be too late to implement changes to secure your property if you wait until hurricane season is in full swing. As a homeowner, you should devote some time to evaluating...

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Florida Homeowners

In Florida, hurricane season is here. Stay on top of storm preparation to keep your home and family safe before the storm hits.  Tips for Hurricane Preparedness 1.     Start Early Don’t wait until the weather...

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What is a "double tapped" circuit breaker?

A double tapped circuit breaker, commonly referred to as a “double tap” is an electrical defect inside an electrical panel.  Double taps are only visible when the panel cover is removed and is the most common electric panel defect...

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Are Your Outlets Safe?

Lots of older homes that we inspect have what is called "open ground" outlets. It is basically the result of a two-prong outlet being updated to a three-prong outlet without adding a ground wire to the circuit. The concern with the outlets...

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Foreclosed Home Inspections

So, you want to buy a house cheaply and see the foreclosure market. Given the small quantities of these properties in the Miami area, you'll want to keep up with the times. And it can be rewarded as a great long-term investment. But like any other...

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Inspecting Your Smoke Detectors

From January 1 through September 2021 there were 51 civilian home fire fatalities. Smoke detectors play an important role in saving your life. One way to easily remember to change your smoke detector batteries is when you set your clocks either 1 hour...

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Is your electrical equipment a fire hazard?

During a recent home inspection in South Florida, we found a potential fire hazard. Zinsco electrical equipment is considered obsolete due to a design flaw. The circuit breaker's connection to the bus bar becomes loose, with the potential to cause...

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