Serving Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas County.
Office: 352-600-6897
    Cell: 352-346-3412
FL #HI9470
NACHI #14081908

PHI utilizes the HomeGauge® report software. Your report will be uploaded and delivered usually within 24 - 36 hours of your inspection at which time you will be e-mailed a link with your username & password to view the report online from anywhere.
The report belongs to you, the client. With your permission, Plumb Home Inspections can send your realtor their own log-in information as well. All online reports offer an option to download as a .PDF to your computer/device that you may then print out at your convenience.

Create Report List (CRL)

One of the fantastic functions offered with your HomeGauge Inspection report is the "Create Report List" or "CRL". This function creates a list of the issues identified in the report that you can provide to the seller and their agent.

Please watch this quick video that explains how to use the CRL feature:

Standard Home Inspections

To ensure an accurate quote when you call, you should know:

  1. The full address of the house.
  2. MLS number if available.
  3. Approximate Square footage of the home.
  4. The foundation type; Slab on grade/ Basement/ Crawlspace/ Post or Pier?
  5. Approximate age of the home.
  6. Are there any additional buildings you want inspected?
  7. Is there a septic system?  We always encourage buyers to have a septic company/ contractor inspect as replacement could be very expensive.
  8. Is the home on a well?
  9. Call for a free quote.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.

Do I need to be present for the inspection?

It is not required for you to be there but I recommend it to all my clients, especially if you are a first time home buyer. We may offer many tips for upkeep and maintenance of your new home.

What do you inspect?

All visual parts of the home as shown in the diagram below:

Can a home FAIL an inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.

What if a home inspection reveals problems?

All homes have issues, even new ones! Most of the time, issues are small ones i.e. deferred maintenance etc. Sometimes, they're big. No house is "perfect" in this respect. If the home inspector discovers problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. This information is used to inform you of possible future repairs whether it be major or minor in an effort to help you make an informed decision.

For items that require repair or replacement, will the inspector tell me the costs of each?

Cost estimates from home inspectors are only given as "general estimates" a/k/a "Guess-timates". Because there are thousands of components in a home and material prices can vary depending on region and locale, it is difficult to provide specific cost estimates. It is best for the client to call licensed and qualified contractors that deal with that particular component/issue. If, from prior experience I have an idea of a "rough" estimate, Im happy to pass that info along but it is ju st that - a "rough" estimate. Don't "hang your financial hat" on it. We always recommend obtaining quotes from at least 3 licensed professionals to help you make the best informed decision for your particular situation. We always advise the buyer to require that any repairs made by the seller be performed by a licensed contractor that warranties their work and, ensure that any such warranties are transferrable to the buyer when possible.

Will the inspector tell me which repairs the seller should take care of and which ones I should repair myself?

The home inspector’s goal is for you to have a complete understanding of the home, including the magnitude of any repair items that may need attention. The decision about who should make repairs is best left to the client with the advice of their Real Estate professional or Attorney.

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