Why Choose Us?
American Property Inspectors is a full-service real estate inspection company with a full time staff. We have performed thousands of home inspections since our founding in 1992.
Our inspectors are properly licensed and insured for your protection.
Our inspectors are highly trained, experienced and certified by one or more of the following National Organizations:
-> International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
-> Exterior Design Institute (EDI)
-> Florida Dept of Health (RADON)
-> Insurance (Wind Mitigation)
-> Pro-Lab (Mold)
We offer full home inspections services for all of our clients, including home buyers, current homeowners, and investors. We pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive examination of your home, with a detailed report indicating areas of concern, and complete follow-up after the inspection.
This will include the operation of all accessible and available Appliances, and major components, such as air conditioner, heater, and water heater. If safe to do so, our Inspector will walk the roof to evaluate the condition of the roof covering and any associated accessories (flashing, roof penetrations, plumbing vents). The attic will be inspected for moisture penetration and proper venting, as well as the condition of roof framing and insulation. All accessible windows, doors, and electrical systems will be operated to identify any defect or issue. Your Inspector will remove electrical panel covers when it is safe to do so, in order to give you the most information available. A visual examination of the structure will be performed, and an evaluation will be made regarding the physical condition of the home. All available plumbing fixtures and drains will be operated to determine proper function.
We inspect individual condo units and report our findings, and will also report on any obvious visual defects to the common areas that may potentially lead to Association imposed assessments.
A Condominium Inspection will include all of the same detail that we provide in our Home Inspections, with the exception of Exterior and Structural Components. All Major Components, Appliances, Plumbing, and Electrical Systems will be operated to confirm proper function. There may be structural or common area issues that are reported based upon the possibility of Association assessments, this will be dependent upon the type of structure.
A Stucco Inspection will evaluate the stucco system for any visual defects, as well as areas of concern that may indicate potential latent defects.
Our Inspectors will examine the Stucco system of the dwelling, and will determine the system type, as well as any visual defects. All areas that the Inspector deems to be a potential source of moisture intrusion will be evaluated. This process will involve invasive moisture probes and substrate resistance testing, and provides a more comprehensive evaluation of the moisture content and physical condition of the underlying components. Due to the invasive nature of this type of inspection, we will require written authorization from the owner of record.
We offer a comprehensive commercial inspection that will cover all major systems, components, and structures. If necessary, we will arrange for a specialist to evaluate a specific system or component, if we feel it would better serve your interests.
A complete examination of all commercial properties will include the physical and structural components, including the roof (if accessible). Some commercial building components may have different requirements dependent upon usage. A warehouse or storage area may have different limitations than one used as retail, or public use. All available HVAC systems will be operated to determine proper operation, and identification of areas served will be provided. An in-depth evaluation of the Electrical system will be performed, and if circumstances warrant a more comprehensive examination of specific machinery, amperage loads, or capacities, we will arrange for the appropriate specialist and provide a report that details any concerns or limitations. All Plumbing system components, including water heaters, fixtures, and supply & drain lines, will be operated and examined with any defects or concerns noted.
Inspect wind mitigating items for insurance discount program (Wind Mitigation)
Wind Mitigation Verification may reduce Insurance Premiums if any changes have been made to the roof or structure, including a new roof covering. Our team will verify that the features of your roof and attachments or accessories are documented to provide accurate information for any discounts available.
Inspect HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and roof for older homes.
Most Insurance Carriers require a 4 Point Inspection for properties that are 25-30 or more years of effective age. The four components inspected are the roof, the heating system, the electrical system, and the plumbing system. Any defect or items of concern will be noted.
The Roof Certification Inspection is typically requested for homes which are 25 years and older. The reason 25 years is a benchmark for this type of inspection is based on the life expectancy of the average asphalt roof covering.
Air Quality Inspections
Research has shown that the quality of indoor air can be worse than that of outdoor air. Many homes are built or remodeled more tightly, without regard to the factors that assure fresh and healthy indoor air. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality.
A Mold Assessment is a comprehensive examination of any existing visible suspect mold that has reached physical levels set by the State of Florida. All areas of growth and potential sources of moisture intrusion will be evaluated, with recommendations for remediation, if necessary.
There are many different types of sample collections that we perform, the method(s) used will be based upon the Inspector’s observations at any given property. Some of the collection and evaluation methods that we employ include the following.
Mold Air Sampling -Air samples will be collected at more than one location in an attempt to define the difference between the natural environment outdoors and the indoor (conditioned) environment. These samples will be analyzed by a licensed laboratory and all results and lab reports will be reviewed by our staff. You will receive a copy of all lab reports.
Mold Surface Sampling -If visible suspect mold does exist, we will collect a surface sample (or samples). All samples will be analyzed by a licensed laboratory and all results and lab reports will be reviewed by our staff. You will receive a copy of all lab reports.
Initial Mold Assessments -Our Florida Licensed Mold Assessor will provide a comprehensive examination of your building. All visible areas will be examined to determine the extent of growth, damage, and moisture intrusion. Recommendations will be provided regarding a course of corrective action, or Remediation.
Post-Remediation Mold Assessments -After you’ve had your home remediated for mold, our Florida Licensed Mold Assessor will evaluate the present condition to ensure that all corrective actions have been performed and will re-test the air quality compared to the natural environment.
A Florida Department of Health Certified Radon Measurement Technician will collect samples to be sent to a Certified Laboratory for an analysis. This will help to determine the levels of Radon gas in your home, and help you to decide whether or not corrective action is necessary.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is formed naturally from the decay (breakdown) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that Radon Gas is the second-leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States. Radon can be present as the result of soil conditions, granite counter-tops, and even building materials (concrete construction materials and aggregates). There is no “safe” level of Radon, as defined by the EPA. Our Certified Radon Measurement Technician will collect samples from the appropriate location(s), and all samples will be analyzed by a Florida certified laboratory. The results will help our clients make an informed decision regarding any “actionable” levels of Radon, and the remediation which may be necessary.
Chinese Drywall Inspections
Between 2001 and 2007, millions of sheets of drywall were imported into the United States. Much of this drywall contained toxic sulfur compounds, which went unnoticed until recently. Thousands of homes were built with this toxic drywall. Chinese drywall imported into the United States has resulted in a serious and growing problem for many homeowners.
Toxic Chinese drywall can out-gas harmful sulfur/sulfide compounds that can cause a variety of problems in your home, including damage to wiring and appliances, and health issues for you and your family.