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Home Inspections

When you are considering purchasing a home, you don’t want to buy something that will cost more to repair than the original price. Storm damage, water damage and a variety of other factors can lower the overall worth of a home drastically, but without having a home inspection before you buy, you may never know. Don’t waste your money and sink your hard earned cash into a home that is only going to end up as a money pit. Instead, allow us to help you out by performing our proven home inspection techniques, in order to ensure that you are getting the absolute most out of your money. Upon first glance, a home may seem perfect, but such is not always the case.

Home Inspection

Home Inspection

Our home inspection service is called Cris Home Inspection, and we provide a variety of services for your home, both before a storm hits your residence, and afterward to ensure that you are able to get the money that you deserve in order to repair the damages that are caused. We are located in West Palm Beach, FL and have been helping people all over the area that are just like you. Our professional, friendly staff are able to conduct a variety of different services for you, including 4 Point Inspections, Windstorm Mitigation, Citizen’s Roof Certificate, and Home Inspections. This allows you to have one source for your home inspection needs. Our friendly staff will be more than willing to answer any questions that you may have about the service.

A homeowner will usually try to sell his or her home for the absolute top dollar that he or she can possibly get. Many times, the home is not worth the money that the originally owner is asking. Instead of over-paying on your next home, allow us to help you save money by performing a home inspection and ensuring that not only is the home you are considering safe but the entire structure is secure. We are open to talk with you at any point, and you can set up an appointment to have us come to your home.


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Home Inspection for Sellers

Home Inspections for Sellers – Selling your Home  can be a very difficult and a long process. You want every advantage in marketing your home to prospective buyers. The best way to show that your home is a good investment is to perform a Home Inspection.

Home Inspection

Home Inspection

Home inspections are a valuable tool for buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and homeowners looking for important decision-making information regarding residential properties. Cris Home Inspectors are InterNACHI certified, Home  Inspectors will thoroughly inspect your home and generate a detailed report along with pictures the same day.

You can complete repairs and improvements before you show or even list your home. A Home Inspection helps you justify your asking price, and can help avert any last-minute re-negotiations on price or condition. A Home Inspection may convince a buyer to waive his own Inspection, making the process to go faster.

You can advertise that your home has been pre-Inspected, which will help drive traffic to your home. Of course, We would be happy to perform an Inspection for the new home you’re buying – just give us a call.

Whether it’s for Windstorm Mitigation Inspection, Citizens Roof Certificate Inspection, 4 Point Inspection, Home Inspections or Commercail Property Inspection we can assist your family, friends and neighbors with all Residential/Commercial Inspections on their homes, weather they are selling their home or buying a new one. Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you once again.

Please give us a call anytime at 561-393-9977 & 954-523-4040.


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Lower Home Insurance Premium by Installing Hurricane Shutters

How to Lower Home Insurance Premium

Insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners for home improvements, these includes Installing Hurricane Shutters. If you live in a hurricane prone zone, you may qualify for a discounts by wind mitigation improvements, including installing wind resistant shutters that can save you up to 30% percent on your Home Insurance Premium. Adding Hurricane Shutters can minimize your damage risk and save you money.

After Hurricane Shutters installed call Cris Home Inspections Agency and schedule a Wind Mitigation Inspection. A complete Windstorm Mitigation Inspection is fully-recognized by Insurance Companies, is best attained through a dedicated Home Inspection business.

A Windstorm Mitigation Inspection can help look for construction features that will reduce losses in hurricanes, such as concrete block construction, shutter and opening protection, roof to wall attachments gable end bracing, hip roofs and hurricane clips. Windstorm Mitigation Inspector look into the advantages of how it can help you save money. Homeowners also gain expert knowledge on how they can physically improve their homes to withstand the forces of nature. In case a storm actually does materialize with the potential to damage their property, homeowners can save money if their properties have structures that can withstand those storms and avoid damage, which ultimately affects the calculated Insurance premiums.


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Home Inspection

A Home Inspection is examination of the condition of your home, often in connection of  home for sale. Home inspections are provided by a trained home inspector who is trained to perform home inspections.

Are you selling your home? It can be a very difficult and a long process. You want and need every advantage in marketing your home to prospective buyers. The best way to show that your home is a good investment is to have us perform a Home Inspection. As InterNACHI certified home Inspectors, we will thoroughly inspect your home and generate a detailed report along with pictures the same day.

You can complete repairs and improvements before you show or even list your home.  A Home Inspection helps you justify your asking price, and can help avert any last-minute re-negotiations on price or condition.  A Home Inspection may convince a buyer to waive his own Inspection, making the process to go faster. You can advertise that your home has been pre-Inspected, which will help drive traffic to your home.  Of course, We would be happy to perform a Home Inspection for the new home you’re buying – just give us a call.

Inspections we provide::

  • Windstorm Mitigation Inspections
  • Citizens Roof Certificate Inspections
  • 4 Point Inspections
  • Home Inspections
  • Commercial Property Inspections

We can assist your family, friends and neighbors with all Residential/Commercial Inspection needs on their homes, weather they are selling their home or buying a new one. We provide Home Inspections Palm Beach County, Miami, Broward and Martin County.  Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you once again.  Please give us a call anytime at  561-393-9977 &  954-523-4040.

Commercial Inspections
10 Years Experience

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Tamper Resistant Receptacles

TRRTamper Resistant Receptacles device was designed to prevent the insertion of objects that children try to stick into the outlets. Nearly, 2,400 children get an Electric shock or burns due to putting objects like keys, scissors, paperclips, etc. into outlets each year. Installing Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR)’s is one of the safest ways to prevent any injury. In order for the TRR’s outlet to work it requires a double prong entry.

Since, 2008 Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TTR)s have become required. All homes that are built in 2008 and newer should have the TRR’s. TTR’s provide Automatic protection and looks like ordinary outlet but design with spring loaded cover plate that close off receptacle opening. In Existing Home Tamper Resistant Receptacles can be installed approximately as $2.00 per outlet. Installation of Tamper Resistant Receptacles use the same guidelines that apply to standard power receptacles and should be installed by a licensed technician.


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10 Important questions to ask the Home Inspector

1.  Do you participate in Continuing Education programs to keep your expertise up to date?

Yes, Florida Home Inspectors are required to have 14 CEU’S yearly. Some must be on certain topics such as: Roof Covering, HVAC.

2.  Do you maintain a membership in a Professional Home Inspection Association? If so, which one?

We are Internachi Certified, Internachi is the most well  known but There are several different home inspection association’s out there.

3. When will I get my report from my Home Inspector?

The Inspector will fill out a form and it will be emailed to you and your agent. We try to do this within 24 hours of the Inspection.  

4. What does the Inspection cover?

Depends on the Inspection. Check out OUR Inspections page and it will tell you about what the Inspection you need covers.

5. How long have you been doing  Home Inspections?

We have been doing Home Inspections for 15 years in South Florida.

6. Do you work for me, my agent or the Insurance Company?

 You. You hire us to come and do the Inspection. We work for our client’s ONLY. We do follow all rules and regulations by the Insurance Company’s.

7. Are you Licensed, bonded and Insured?

Yes, I would never recommend using a Business who is not licensed, bonded or insured.

8. Do you preform the repairs?

No, we DO NOT preform any repairs. We may be able to help recommend a Business.

9. Will your Inspection meet recognized standards?

Yes, our Inspection goes above and beyond regular standards and even exceeds recognized standards.

10. Will I be able to attend the Inspection?

Yes, we encourage you to be there. Sometimes, if something needs to be fixed or replaced it is easier to show you then try to explain it over the phone.

 


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Things to know about a Saint Lucie County Home Inspection.

Saint Lucie County Home Inspection is a objective visual Inspection of the physical structure and systems of a house. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. A Home Inspection may identify the need for major repairs. Home Inspection is NOT just for buyers, but also sellers. The Home Inspection can identify problems in the making and give the seller the opportunity to make the repairs that are needed to make the house in better selling condition. The Inspector will check – structure, foundation, attic, doors, windows, ceilings, floors, exterior, interior, roof, electrical, walls, plumbing, HVAC, Insulation and ventilation.

Cris Home Inspections is a complete home and building inspection firms specializing in Martin County.  Our Inspectors are able to conduct a variety of different Inspections for you, including 4 Point Inspections, Windstorm Mitigation Inspections, Citizen’s Roof Certificate Inspections and Home Inspections. This allows you to have one source for all your Home Inspection needs. Our professional, friendly staff will be more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. In addition, we will be able to provide you with an estimate for the overall cost of your Home Inspection.

 


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Things to know about a Broward Home Inspection and the benefits.

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Home Inspection

Important things to know about a Home Inspection and the benefits. Home Inspections are an important process that plays a pivotal role in the buying or selling of property. It is done by a professional Home Inspector trained for this specific purpose. A house will probably be one of the largest investments you make, you do not want to lose any time while forking out where you are not required to.

Generally, the procedure is beneficial to both the seller who gets to know the real value of the property in context, and the buyer who gets an in-depth understanding of the home’s condition. What does a comprehensive Home Inspection process entail? The procedure may slightly vary from one Home Inspector to the next simply owed to the varying personalities of each

While one may be thorough and detailed, he/she may not be as experienced as the next hence, losing an edge in that perspective.  However, there are three common components that every good Inspector should cover and include in the final report. A comprehensive Home Inspection should basically elaborate and categorize each problem as a safety issue, minor defect or major defect.

Secondly, the Inspector should also list down all items that need to be replaced, repaired or needs servicing. Lastly, the Inspector should explain the items that are suitable for now and those that require close monitoring.

Benefits of a Home Inspection for Broward County Residents:

To a home owner, contrary to common perception, Home Inspection shouldn’t be carried out only when buying or selling. It is equally beneficial to all home owners and in fact, those that do it on a regular basis enhance the longevity of their property.

A comprehensive Home Inspection will not only document the condition of your home, but also identify minor defects before they turn into expensive repairs. The procedure will go a long way in helping you find solutions to problems in a professional and timely manner.
To Buyers technically, this is the lot that stands to gain the most from Home Inspections. Qualified Inspectors are trained to detect as many defects as possible with the help of acquired techniques, specialized tools and extensive experience. This basically means that the buyer will be made aware of any problems and hazardous conditions within the property hence avoiding over-paying.

This gives the buyer peace of mind as he/she makes an informed decision on whether or not to purchase the house or to keep looking. Not only will the buyer get valuable, in-depth knowledge about the new home, he/she will also avoid future surprises.
To Sellers it is common to find home owners seeking to sell and not identifying problems on the property while showing it to a prospective buyer. A seller can avoid losing out on sweet deals by procuring a Home Inspection. This will enable the Seller to replace or repair any defects to increase the property’s value. This also eliminates the rush and costs that come with last minute repairs that are known to cause delays.

The bottom line is that regardless of whether you are a buyer, seller or home owner, Home Inspections are a highly beneficial procedure that you will be glad about in the future. It is certainly worth every penny offering great value for your money.


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Buying a home? The process can be stressful.

Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this, combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do?

Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about.

However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

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 Major defects –  example: of this would be a structural failure

Things that lead to major defects – example: such as a small roof-flashing leak

Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home

Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel

Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  

Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure.


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Ventless Fireplace Home Safety Tips

Ventless fireplace vent into hte living spaceVentless fireplace Safety Tips

During production, installation or servicing, a gas leak can be created

The contractor may accidentally plug the burner ports while spreading ceramic tile over the burners, or they may be painted over at the factory. The resulting unbalanced burn will create excessive carbon monoxide

 Dust, carpet lint and pet hair can gradually choke off the fireplace’s air supply, leading to incomplete combustion and high amounts of CO (carbon monoxide) that are vented into the living space

Excessive CO (carbon monoxide) ventilation or overheating of the unit will result from firing the gas higher than the input rate set by the manufacturer’s specifications. This can be caused by high gas-supply pressure, an incorrect orifice drill size done at the factory, or if the installer gives the customer’s unit a larger flame for aesthetic reasons;

The fireplace is oversize for the square footage of the area to be heated.

The gas burner may develop a crack over time and function erratically, producing high levels of CO (carbon monoxide)

The fireplace contains items other than the artificial logs designed for the unit. Problems caused by the incineration of firewood or other flammable items will be immediate and extreme. A more likely and less obvious hazard is created by adding pebbles, lava rocks, and other non-combustible aesthetic touches to the fireplace, as their exposure to flames will cause an unsafe rise in levels of CO (carbon monoxide)

As these components may fail, it is advisable to install a CO (carbon monoxide) detector near a ventless fireplace and, ideally, in other rooms, as well.

In summary, vent less fireplaces, while attractive and portable, suffer from a design flaw that may allow dangerous gases to enter the living space.


Recommended Links

Eaton Insurance
Phone (561) 966-1848
www.eatoninsurance.net

Furman Insurance
Phone (954) 943-5050
www.furmaninsurance.com

Real Estate Agent
Mark Baker
Phone 561-336-6333
www.buyingpalmbeachhomes.com