4 Point and wind mitigation inspections
$150.00 for both
When house-hunting in Florida, one thing you need to keep in mind in regard to the home-buying process is the need for a home inspection. While it’s true that it’s not a legal requirement to get a new home inspected, it’s nonetheless a virtual necessity.
You can order a comprehensive home inspection, a wind mitigation inspection, and various other types of home inspection if the need arises. But the most basic and most common inspection-type is the 4 point inspection.
There are many good reasons why a prospective homeowner in Florida should definitely have a 4 point inspection done before finalizing the purchase. Here are the top three such reasons.
1. To Ensure You Buy A Fully Functional Piece of Real Estate
A 4 point inspection gives you a detailed rundown of a building’s four major systems:
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).
Electrical system, including wiring, panels, and meters.
Inspectors are going to note any other major, obvious issues should they pop up too. But the focus is on the four major systems that constitute a “fully functional house.”
Consider the immense importance of these four systems to any home:
The roof is the only thing standing between the weather and the entirety of the building below.
Poor electrical systems are an unacceptable fire hazard.
Without good HVAC, your home will be uncomfortable to live in, you could be breathing in dirty air, and mold and mildew may get out of hand.
And there are few things more dreaded by homeowners than plumbing problems!
2. Your Homeowners’ Insurance Company Will Require It,
Even if the state government does not require you to get a 4 point inspection, your home insurance provider will require it. That’s the second big reason to make sure you don’t skip this step in the home-buying process.
You may save a little bit on premiums by having this done, but the main reason is just to get approved. You really can’t afford to go without homeowners’ insurance, not only because of the risk you would carry otherwise but also because the mortgage lender is going to require you to buy homeowners’ insurance.
Someone may ask, “What if the house doesn’t pass the 4 point inspection?” The answer is that this is not a pass/fail type of test technically. However, if there are major problems with the home’s roofing, HVAC, electrical, or plumbing systems, they may need to be corrected in order to get approved for homeowner’s insurance.
You might be able to find an insurer who will insure you regardless, but that would likely mean excluding the problem (like excluding water damage if you have inferior plumbing, for example) and/or paying higher premiums. That’s not something you want to do – it would amount to starting life in your new home “on the wrong foot.” This underscores why one should never skip having a 4 point inspection done.
3. A 4 Point Inspection Is Crucial With Older Homes.
While any home purchase should be accompanied by a 4 point inspection and/or other types of home inspections, it is especially crucial with older pieces of real estate.
Home insurers will be especially insistent that you get a 4 point inspection done on any property 30 years old or older in the state of Florida. You don’t necessarily need a full home inspection, but if you do opt for one, the 4 point inspection can be included as “part of” the full inspection. In some cases, a full inspection would not be in your best interests, while a 4 point inspection would be.
At the same time, older homes are more likely to reveal issues during a home inspection. Some problems that might come up during a 4 point inspection and need to be repaired or upgraded in order to get a good insurance quote include the following:
Damaged or very old roofing (say, asphalt shingle roofing over 20 years old and past its manufacturer’s warranty.)
A hot water heater that is old and inefficient. Anything 18 years old or more is a problem.
Zero central air/heat in the building.
Lack of proper insulation.
Polybutylene plumbing pipes. This material is very high-risk as to burst pipes.
Electrical wiring that is high risk as to house fires, such as aluminum or knob-and-tube.
Electric panels made by brands that have demonstrated a higher-than-normal fire-hazard risk over the years.
The good news is that a major problem with any of the home’s four major systems can be discovered before the purchase is finalized. The seller may correct the problem or reduce the asking price so that you have extra money to correct it yourself post-purchase.
A wind mitigation inspection helps you understand how well your home will stand up to strong winds during a storm, but that isn’t the only benefit. A wind mitigation inspection can actually help you save a lot of money and hassle in the years to come?
Top five benefits of getting a wind mitigation inspection to answer that question for you.
1. Finds and Reinforces Weaknesses in Your Home
While helping your home withstand high storm winds isn’t the only benefit of wind mitigation, it is one of the most important ones.
During the inspection, your inspector will check for parts of your home that are weak against wind and tell you how to make them stronger. This might include reinforcing your walls to your foundation and your roof to your walls to create a continuous load path. Or it might involve putting coverings over your windows and doors to protect them from wind and flying debris.
These things will help your home resist heavy winds that could otherwise do a lot of damage.
2. Lowers Your Insurance Cost
When you get a wind mitigation inspection, you can actually lower your home insurance premiums. In fact, in Florida, you can save nearly 50% of your premium by getting this inspection to confirm if the proper mitigation protections are in place.
Because of this, even though you might have to pay a large sum of money upfront for wind mitigation upgrades, you will be saving more money in the long run.
3. Helps Protect Surrounding Buildings
Getting a wind mitigation inspection doesn’t just protect your home. It also helps protect all the other buildings around you.
Since your home will have enhanced wind-resistance, the buildings around your home will have a lower risk of being damaged by flying debris during a storm. This means you can help keep your neighbors’ property safe from strong winds.
It also means you can reduce the risk of damage to other features on your property, such as a shed, deck, or outdoor living space.
4. Saves You Time and Money After a Storm
Wind mitigation protects your home from strong winds and flying debris during a storm. Because of this, you won’t have to spend a lot of time recovering after a storm.
Cleaning up any debris on your property will be a faster and easier process. You might not even have to spend money on a professional cleaning team. And you also won’t have to spend as much money—or any money at all—on repairs.
Along with your lowered insurance cost, this will make your savings even greater.
5. Gives Your Family Piece of Mind During a Storm
This is the most important benefit of wind mitigation. Saving money is nice, but the safety of your family should be your top priority. If for nothing else, this is the main reason you should get a wind mitigation inspection.