Septic Dye Test Inspection

If your home has a septic system on the property, we will perform a dye test to make sure that it in good working order for your family. If we notice anything out of the ordinary, we will document it in our visual inspection report to give you the full picture along with peace of mind.

Four (4) Point Inspection

                                                                       A Four (4) Point inspection is often required when obtaining a new homeowner's insurance policy, or when renewing an existing policy.  Four (4) Point                                                                             requirements will vary from  carrier to carrier usually starting at 30 years or older. Four (4) Point inspections consists of a limited visual survey of the                                                                              following: Heating/Air conditioning system, Roof, Electrical, and Plumbing. The purpose of the inspection is to determine the approximate age, general                                                                            condition, and remaining lifespan of these systems. This is a limited visual inspection of components the insurance company may find unsafe or                                                                                      problematic.  With regards to the insurance company,  they are generally looking to see if your property has been updated to current standards and is in good condition.  After Hurricane Andrew, Insurance Companies in Florida started to encourage home owners to make their homes safer and reduce insurance claims. Today, most if not all of the insurance companies require a Four Point Inspections for homes older than 30 years  *It is important to remember that this is a limited visual inspection and does not replace an home inspection.

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Buyers Inspection​

      Our property inspection reports are thorough, clear and concise, with digital photos and a report summary, and delivered within 24 hours after the inspection. Reports are emailed to the client and realtor in PDF format for easy delivery, printing and storage, and a bounded report is sent to the client for safe keeping. Allow us to help reduce your risk as you make one of the largest purchases of your lifetime.  

 Pool Inspections

   A pool can be a great addition to a house. Many hours are spent with family and friends in a pool. Just like a house a poorly maintained or old pool can be costly to restore or repair. Adding a pool inspection to your home inspection service is a great value. Pools can have significant repair issues that can be expensive to fix. Let us identify those for you. Our pool and spa inspections are very detailed, but not exhaustive.  If a pool inspection is included with a house inspection, please allow additional time for the inspection due to the additional time required to inspect and document the pool. Just like a home inspection, pool inspections are visual in nature and do not include dismantling any component.

Water Testing
Your house’s water should be clean. Clean water can often be taken for granted, but with possible lead soldering on pipes, bacteria content,  Only Choice Home Inspections  thorough inspection we take nothing for granted.  We want to make sure your home’s water is drinkable and meets all the standards set by the EPA. We test for chlorine, bacteria, lead, nitrate, and more!  Make sure your water is clean and free of toxins!


Mold Inspections In Sarasota

      The presence of mold in homes, schools and business is of growing concern in Florida and the rest of the U.S. Mold can thrive on virtually any organic material such as wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, etc. Just add water and in 48 hours mold can begin to grow. Any time water intrusion occurs, be it a major flood or a minor plumbing leak that was not immediately and thoroughly dried out, there is a high probability of mold growth. Mold can cause significant aesthetic and structural damage to building materials and other personal property. Indoor mold growth can also negatively impact indoor air quality and pose certain health risks to occupants. Mold often grows behind walls and inside ceiling and floor cavities long before it is ever detected. By the time you start smelling an unpleasant odor rest assured mold has been growing somewhere for some time and every day is growing more. If you suspect you have mold growing indoors, the time to act is sooner rather than later. Mold inspections and mold testing are the means to identifying indoor mold problems. Most often infrared inspections and testing work best in conjunction with each other, however, there are instances when certain questions can be answered with one or the other. Understanding the difference between inspections and testing will help you get the answers you're looking for. 

Wind Mitigation 

​        A Wind Mitigation Inspection is a great tool to reduce your overall cost when it comes to your homeowners insurance. Submitted to your insurance provider, it may result in discounts to your policy to help save money. Most existing homes have one or more construction features that will qualify for windstorm insurance premium discounts. A Wind Mitigation Inspection verifies the construction details of your home and is used to qualify for discounts on your insurance premium. The better your house is built to withstand Wind Damage, the more discounts you will qualify for each year. A homeowner with windstorm insurance can often submit the results of a windstorm inspection to their insurer to obtain discounts on their windstorm insurance. In Florida premium discounts for certain favorable wind mitigation features are mandated by State law and can sometimes show savings that  up to 45% of the original policy's premium.
This type of inspection will consist of the inspector looking for the following 8 key categories listed below.
Roof Covering: inspectors want to know when the roof was installed and does if it meets building codes. 
Roof Deck Attachment: inspectors will determine what type of roof decking is used and how it’s attached to the underlying structure, for example, if it’s nailed or stapled down. If nails are used, nail length and spacing between each will also be noted.
Roof to Wall Attachment: the roof attachments become the focus here: are trusses attached with nails or hurricane clips? Are the wraps single or double? The more secure your roof, the more significant the savings.
Roof Geometry: is your roof hip, gable or other? The inspector is looking for how it’s shaped - a hip roof resembles that of a pyramid, and is a definite qualifier for a discount.
Gable End Bracing: if the roof is a gable style, an inspector will review if the gable ends are braced to Florida Building Code standards. Gable ends measuring more than 48 inches tall should be braced for reinforcement, and inspectors will be checking for this qualification for discount.
Wall Construction Type: Inspectors will review the construction materials used on your home for framing, reinforcement, and outer fascia, and at what percentages. Steel reinforced concrete block homes may yield a better discount than one with a plywood-only frame and plastic siding.
Secondary Water Barrier: This is a newer item for roofs. If your roof was installed or upgraded before 2008, it’s fairly unlikely you’ll have this sort of barrier. As with most newer features, photo documentation, at a minimum, will be required for a discount in this area.
Opening Protection: Here, inspectors are looking for shutters and installed-protection devices from wind-born debris for doors and windows. They will also be checking the rating of the devices, if you have them (as in- are they hurricane-rated?). 100% of all openings (All or nothing) need to be covered with Hurricane rated protection to qualify for this discount.

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Warranty Inspections

If you own a new home and your 1 year builders warranty is about to expire, you should consider having your home inspected by a professional residential home inspector. Quite often problems and deficiencies in a new home will begin showing up in the first year of the home’s life.  Having an inspection done a few weeks to a month before your warranty expires will give you time to notify the builder of items that are in need of repair. These repairs should all be made at the builders expense possibly saving you many times the cost of the inspection. If no problems are found you will have the peace of mind knowing your home is in great condition for years to come. The report can serve as documentation of the work that is required which should be covered by the builders warranty.

 Infrared Thermal Imaging inspection in Sarasota​

Type  Imagine being able to see inside the walls of a home you wanted to buy. While we don’t quite have x-ray vision yet, the inspectors at Only Choice Home Inspections LLC. do have the next-best thing, infrared vision, via a state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera. We include this technology in every inspection at no extra charge. Being able to see the hot spots and the cool spots helps us identify conditions from possible moisture leaks to missing insulation. When water gets inside your walls, your ceilings, or your floors, the damage can be enormous. Besides warping wood, rusting steel, and rotting fabrics, moisture can open the doorway to health-destroying organic growth inside your walls. With our infrared cameras, we can quickly and accurately find the cold areas that may indicate the presence of moisture. To the left is a Thermal Image of water collecting in the ceiling of a home we’ve inspected. There were no other indications of a roof leak: (no water stains, or bubbled paint, or dripping water just a noticeable cool spot visible through the thermal imaging camera). An inspector without our technology would have missed this.

The Dangers of Electricity 
On the other extreme, hot spots can mean the potential for explosive harm to your house. Moisture is some nasty stuff, but it doesn’t compare to the horror of an electrical short-circuit that may burn your newly-purchased home to the ground. Our infrared technology may reveal any unwanted buildups of heat and sometimes even display exactly what it is that’s causing the problem. The picture to the left shows indirect heating in the ceiling which can not be seen with the naked eye.
How It Works​
Thermography shows you the difference between temperatures the same way that normal light shows you the difference between colors. On the screen of our Infrared cameras, the relative heat or coldness of surfaces can be seen clearly. Of course, a thermal camera is no guarantee that leaks don’t exist — for example, if there’s been a long dry season, any moisture from a roof leak may have dried out, preventing the camera from detecting it. Similarly, the camera doesn’t actually look through the walls or any other objects, it just shows differences in surface temperature that can indicate something is amiss on the other side. Objects like filing cabinets, dressers, or other furniture can block a thermographic camera’s image. 

​​Pre-Listing Inspection

When selling your home, a Pre-Listing Inspection can give you good insight into potential concerns your buyers might come across, giving you a leg up in negotiations. Our Pre-Listing Inspections include a full comprehensive visual inspection of the property including mechanical and structural components, plumbing, electrical, and more. Contact us today to find out more about this service.