Service Details

Certified Building Inspectors offers a comprehensive accredited inspection for single-family homes and commercial buildings in Central Florida. Whether you’re ordering an inspection for peace of mind with a new home purchase or to possibly save money on your insurance rates with four-point and wind mitigation inspections, our team of accredited inspectors is here to provide unbiased, premier inspections. In addition to building inspections, your trusted Certified companies offer protection with termite and pest control services.

Homes and Condos. A home inspection report includes the condition of the following elements at the time of the inspection:

  • Structure: roof framing and sheathing, wall and floor structures, attic and crawl space for ventilation and insulation, evidence of moisture or water penetration
  • Roof: roof coverings, flashing, chimney, gutters and downspouts, vents, trim, skylights, other roof penetrations
  • Exterior: cladding, doors, windows, soffit and fascia, eaves, irrigation, grading for proper drainage, driveways, walkways
  • Heating/Air Conditioning: air handler and condensing unit, evaporator coils, heat pump and furnace equipment, electrical supply, condensate line, supply and return ducting
  • Electrical: service equipment, panels, breakers and fuses, GFCI’s and AFCI’s, service line and meter box, main disconnects and service amperage, random testing of switch, outlets, light fixtures, ceiling fans
  • Plumbing: supply piping and drains, water heater, fixtures, faucets
  • Interior: general conditions of walls, ceilings, floor coverings, cabinets, countertops, garage doors, safety systems

Sample Residential Inspection

New home inspections include three phases over the course of construction:

  • Phase 1 (Pre-Slab/Layout): building layout, underground components, soil treatment, reinforcement steel and supports, fill compaction
  • Phase 2 (Pre-Drywall): exterior walls erected, interior walls framed, roof framing, roof dried in, exterior doors and windows, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems
  • Phase 3 (Final): evaluation of electrical, mechanical (AC), plumbing systems; appliances; interior and exterior conditions for defects; lawn irrigation systems; pool system

Single phases, such as the final inspection, may also be performed. To assure acceptance on site, Certified Building Inspectors provides $1 million in Liability Insurance and Workman’s Comp.

Sample New Construction Inspection

The following will be included in a commercial property inspection report:

  • Site
  • Foundations
  • Superstructure
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Safety Issues
  • Parking
  • Plumbing

Sample Commercial Property Inspection

As defined by the state of Florida, a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Report is “a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms.” Types of wood destroying organisms include: subterranean termites, dry wood termites, wood destroying beetles, and wood decaying fungi. Carpenter ants and carpenter bees are NOT recorded on WDO reports.

By Florida statue, a WDO report is provided when a home or other structure is being sold and the mortgage lender or buyer requires the inspection as part of the transaction. If a WDO inspection is done for these purposes, the inspection must be reported on form 13645, as required by Florida Law [Chapter 482. 226, Florida Statues and Chapter 5E-14. 142(2)(c), Florida Administrative Code].

Our WDO inspectors have pest control identification cards from the State of Florida, designating them as having received special training to perform WDO inspections.

Sample Wood Destroying Organism Inspection

A Four Point Home Inspection is required by some insurance companies before a home insurance policy is issued on older homes (typically 30 years or older). Your insurance company will dictate if you need a Four Point Inspection.

The Four Point Insurance Letter will show the age and condition of the home. It will also demonstrate if the systems listed below are up to date with current standards and functioning in good condition:

  • Roof Inspection (including at least four photos)
  • Electrical Inspection (including photos of panel covers off)
  • Heating/Air Conditioning Inspection (including photos of data places)
  • Plumbing Inspection (including photos of sink shutoffs and hot water heaters)

Sample 4 Point Inspection

Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, insurance companies are required to provide discounts when certain construction features are in place.

Florida Statues now require that all insurance companies provide discounts for the hurricane damage portion of the premium if certain construction features are in place.

Up to 75% of homeowners, condominium unit owners, renters, and apartment or condominium associations could save substantial amounts, simply by submitting a completed Wind Mitigation Survey, performed by a qualified inspector, to their insurance companies. These surveys are valid for five years and the discounts are applied annually for that period.

The amount of discounts is determined by the location of the home and the following items (not all are required):

  • Roof Covering
  • Roof Deck Attachment
  • Roof to Wall Attachment
  • Roof Geometry
  • Wall Construction Type
  • Secondary Water Barrier
  • Door and Window Protection

Sample Wind Mitigation Survey

A 203K inspection is required to obtain an FHA backed loan for the purchase/refinancing and, concurrently, the rehabilitation/repair of certain multi-fanily (1-4) units, condos, townhomes, and planned unit developments (PUD’s)

It differs from a standard home inspection in that it is designed to ensure that the property meets the HUD and FHA "minimum property standards" for obtaining such a loan and may not be nearly as detailed and thorough as a standard home inspection.

Certified Building Inspectors has 203K inspectors certified by the State of Florida as well as the FHA to perform these unique inspections.

Mold is caused by moisture damage such as flooding, leaky roofs, basement walls, plumbing leaks, burst pipes, rain or sprinkler water against the house and more.

Discoloration on the walls or ceiling, warped floors, and musty odor in the home are all signs of mold growth. If the growth is extensive, some people may develop allergies or health problems and it can cause serious damage to the home.

Certified Building Inspectors has certified mold specialists that can help locate the source of the water intrusion and the mold growth in addition to providing mold samplings, lab results, and a written report within two business days of the inspection.

Sample Mold Assessment

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring, radioactive noble gas that is formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.

Breathing in this noble gas is dangerous to occupants and can even cause lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, claiming about 20,000 lives annually.

Certified Building Inspectors has certified radon specialists that will provide radon screenings over a 48 hour period, and provide results on the spot in addition to a written report.

Sample Radon Inspection

Certified Building Inspectors has certified thermal (infrared) imaging inspectors who will use an infrared camera to see beyond what is normally visible in a standard home inspection.

Certified Termite & Pest Services

Our partnering company, Certified Termite & Pest Services provides the following services:

  • Termite Treatments
  • Termite Renewals
  • Termite Bonds
  • Pest Control Services