HD Home Inspector | Tampa Home Inspections 2018-06-19T16:01:57+00:00


There are many reasons for having a home inspection but perhaps the most popular is that you are buying a home.

A home inspection makes sense since there are few purchases that you will make in your lifetime that are not only worth five, six, or seven figures, but can also provide you with a significant return on your investment. Residential real estate is one of them. Therefore selecting the right home inspector is an important decision.

A home’s hidden or obvious damage not only affects property value but can also affect your fiscal and physical health down the road. It is easy to assume that new construction is free of damage or potential dangers, but nothing could be further from the truth.


Homes are built by human beings, and human beings are error-prone. It’s just a fact. Even the most well-intentioned contractors make mistakes, and it is often only the trained eye of a seasoned home inspector that can catch these issues before they become a much bigger problem.

And when it comes to your purchase of a resale property, your risks may increase if the previous homeowner has not made a significant effort to properly maintain their home based on the findings, advice, and recommendations of industry professionals. Resale properties have been lived in, and that means the habits and lifestyle of the previous homeowner and their family are reflected in the condition of the home in many cases.

Dean Currie
Florida Licensed Home Inspector
HI 3170

tampa ashi certified home inspector


A buyer’s inspection is initiated by the home-buyer usually as a contingency to the final close of a real estate sale. These types of inspections are designed to assure that there are no hidden surprises for the purchaser.
A seller’s inspection is initiated by the property owner usually prior to listing the property. It helps the seller to determine what systems and structures of the property need repair. More importantly, it helps the seller and the seller’s agent to accurately represent the home by disclosing damage to prospective buyers (which further helps to curb lawsuits). Damage discovered as a result of a seller’s inspection can either be repaired by the seller (to maintain market value) or used as a negating tool by both seller and buyer.
A new-construction inspection is much like a warranty inspection except for the fact that the building and its systems are, in fact, new. Whereas a warranty inspection can apply to re-sale homes that offer a warranty, new-construction inspections are specifically designed for homes that have never been lived-in. Though new homes do not have the wear-and-tear on them that re-sale home may, various contractors associated with the construction may have made mistakes whether by accident or intentionally (such as taking “shortcuts” to finish the job faster or under-budget). A new-construction inspection provides you with an unbiased review by the inspector who acts as an objective and knowledgeable observer on your behalf to identify construction-related, code-related, and installation-related issues with home systems and structures.
Renovation inspection services are new in the inspection porfolio. The justification for using a home inspector before major renovations are to be performed on a home, or after renovations have been completed, is the same as why you choose a home inspector to provide you with an objective review of a home’s systems and structure prior to the sale or purchase of a property. Damage or improper installation of home-systems found prior to a renovation may help to increase the success of the renovation. Damage or improper installation found after the renovation will help you to address renovation contractors with facts to initiate necessary repairs before the expiration of any warranties (related solely to the renovation), or before your contractors evacuate the premises with your money and leave you with sub-par installations.
Also called a “Home Health Check-up”, maintenance inspections are performed usually once per year simply to ensure the integrity of a home’s systems and structure. Because all things have a “planned obsolescence” period, maintenance inspections help to make the homeowner aware of immediate and upcoming needs for replacement and repair that could save thousands-of-dollars if discovered early-on.

Home builders often initiate a “warranty” on a house for a period of one year or longer which is designed to cover the costs to repair systems and structural-related problems during the warranty period. A warranty inspection should be performed prior to the expiration of the home warranty contract so that you can address repairable issues with the builder while the warranty is in-force. Otherwise, you may be fully liable for the repair costs on your own should you allow the warranty to expire prior to discovering defects. Warranty inspections allow you to take full-advantage of the warranty’s benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder or OEM manufacturer.

Mold contamination can destroy property and deteriorate health. A mold survey can determine if red flags exist and if found testing is recommended to determine the presence and type of mold. Remediation and clearances can be done to eliminate and prevent future infestations. Keep in mind that mold identification and removal is specialized work that requires special training. Not just any inspector is capable of providing this service considering toxic it can be.
Sometimes called “termite inspections”, this specialized inspection looks for damage caused by any type of insecta, primarily termites that feed on, and nest in, the wood that supports your home’s frame, porch, patio, flooring, ceiling, and other places. Of course, not all wood-destroying insects are termites. Ants, bees and beetles, and various larva are also known for making a buffet of your home’s wooden elements and thereby compromising the soundness and integrity of your home’s ability to support itself. The damage caused by wood-destroying insects can certainly lead to the sharp devaluation of your property’s value as well as increasing the danger for occupants.
Infrared technology has been used for many decades by military, police, and science organizations, but it is a new phenomena in the inspection profession. Using a hand-held thermagraphic device (camera), an inspector can see temperature variations on surfaces which indicate hot and cold spots along a surface. ITI device technology is so sensitive that it has the ability to see the heat signature of rodents under floorboards or behind drywall. In most cases, ITI-qualified inspectors use this technology to locate air leaks, water leaks, and the occasional “critter” in a non-invasive manner. It has been said that inspectors who use ITI technology have the ability to “see through walls” to locate damage or intrusion that a traditional inspection cannot find. Be prepared to pay a small premium for ITI inspections as the equipment used to perform these types of inspections currently cost thousands of dollars. You should also be sure to ask inspectors if they are ITI-certified. After all, anyone can turn an infrared camera on, but not every can properly distinguish actual damage from non-damaged areas when viewing your home in the infrared spectrum.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can’t see radon, you can’t smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. You and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home where you spend most of your time. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon, and an inspector certified to perform radon testing is one of your best sources to preventing radon contamination in your home.

Dean Currie, the HD Home Inspector, has been performing home inspections in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years. He is a Certified Member of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the largest and most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America.



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