Comparing the Buyer and Seller Perspectives on Home Inspection

shutterstock_230713375Home inspectors play a pivotal role in smoothing the negotiation process between sellers and buyers, especially when it comes to potentially contentious discussions about a property’s state and its immediate or ongoing repair needs. It’s in the interest of both sides to have a thorough inspection process that produces a comprehensive report, but it’s also no secret that a lengthy inspection that uncovers a laundry list of maintenance to-dos doesn’t bode well for the seller’s asking price.

Despite being such a common process, there’s still a strong interplay of clashing motivations between a home seller and prospective buyers during each inspection. To give you a better sense of what these are, as well as the proper etiquette concerning who attends the inspection, here’s an examination of the typical buyer and seller perspectives during home inspection.

Sellers Prefer Thorough Inspections That Produce Few Red Flags

To answer this question, one must address the underlying financial ramifications of home inspection. The inspector, in a sense, acts as the arbitrator between how the seller markets his or her property and the property’s actual state.

It’s in the best interest of the seller to leverage key constructions or home features to get the best closing price possible, especially if they made the initial investment and are looking for an optimal recoup rate. Sometimes, in service of this pursuit, home sellers may be less than forthcoming about the work that’s been done on their home. This could mean being opaque about the permitting details of a recent home addition, or even strategically putting up obstructions that cover depreciating foundational components, leaks, or rot.

That’s not to say that sellers always harbor nefarious, self-interested motives; in fact, a reliable, seamless home inspection process can be an immense positive for home sellers, especially for those that organize and pay for the procedure, either out of pocket or by including it in the asking price. That said, there’s no denying that the more detailed an inspection report is, the greater the seller’s maintenance liability is likely to be. For example, a seller may use his or her newly refinished basement as justification for a small uptick in asking price, but he or she may omit the fact that, in order to refinish the space, it had to go through a lengthy moisture extraction and dry-out process following a bad flood.

Buyers Seek Additional Eyes and Perspectives

It’s not enough for an inspector to simply identify a home’s vulnerabilities and repair needs. There’s a good chance, in fact, that many of these were already disclosed by the seller at the outset. Even in these instances, though, there may be disagreement about the severity of said vulnerabilities, and the amount of money needed to address them.

Buyers often attend home inspections, and many are accompanied by their realtors. There are a few reasons for this; the most important one being that three sets of eyes are better than one. More specifically, though, many buyers prefer to have their agent alongside them to confirm which areas of concern to mention to the seller’s listing agent. Also, if previous discussions have been held between buyer and seller about a certain home vulnerability, but the size of the repair investment remains in doubt, an inspector will be able to independently assess and provide a moderating voice to those negotiations.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Home Inspections Attended by the Buyer and Seller

Some buyers may contend that sellers taint home inspections when they attend them, especially since buyers are less likely to truly dissect a home’s issues when the person that’s been inhabiting it for years is right there in the room. This is valid critique that’s, often, enough to make the seller vacate the premises, but there are still logistical benefits to having the seller around.

One of the biggest and most common home inspection pains has nothing to do with the actual process, but with scheduling difficulties. Nothing draws out what should be a 3-4-hour process further than having to juggle the schedules of multiple attendees, and nothing further impedes that task like finally reserving an inspection day only to find that the seller has not unlocked, or provided keys for, pivotal areas of their home. Having the seller right there, though, ensures that the inspection won’t succumb to these types of unforced errors.

Sellers can also provide additional details on home renovations that lack sufficient documentation. They can elaborate on the contractors they’ve hired and the construction materials used. In many instances, unpermitted remodeling work will be a non-starter during buyer-seller negotiations, but a seller can, at least, remove some of the mystery around the work that goes into a home.

Communication and Compromise Between Buyer and Seller Are Key

A home inspection’s efficacy is closely tied to how collaborative the buyer-seller relationship is. Sure, many of the issues that arise from an inspection can potentially drive a wedge between the two parties, but only if they refuse to equitably account for those issues during the negotiation process.

Some sellers elect to incur all maintenance costs and inspection fees, but include them in a slightly heightened asking price. Some house hunters will take responsibility for covering several minor maintenance issues to distinguish themselves from other buyers. Ultimately, the onus is on the seller and his or her prospective buyers to use home inspection findings to mutually strike a better deal.

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Common Residential Issues Identified During Home Inspections

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Proper home inspections are meant to be thorough, time-intensive processes that examine virtually every inch of a home for a wide variety of structural and functional vulnerabilities. The specific findings from house to house often differ, but there are certain issues that home inspectors look for first due to their frequency.

To get a better sense of what these issues are, we’re going to take a closer look at common household deficiencies that are often the focus of home inspection reports.

 

Land Sloping Towards a Home’s Foundation

One of the biggest priorities for general home inspectors is determining whether runoff flows toward or away from a property’s foundation. If a foundation is too weather-worn and porous, excess moisture can create a host of costly problems, from structural weakening to mold and mildew growth.

The term “grade” is used to refer to the slope of a property’s land surface, and that measurement serves as a reliable metric for assessing how moisture is directed in relation to the home’s foundation. Ideally, a property’s landscape should slope away from its foundation nearly 6 inches per every 10 feet.

One way that home inspectors can test land grade is with a simple string test, where the inspector will tie a string to two stakes positioned 10 feet apart. The string is adjusted so the knots on each stake are perfectly level. Once that’s done, the distance between the ground and the knot on the endpoint stake is measured. If the distance between these two points is less than 6 inches, it indicates that the home may have potential drainage issues.

Depreciating Roofing Materials

One home feature that inspectors are particularly wary of is an asphalt shingle or wood shake roof. Not necessarily because these roofs are more vulnerable than other systems, but because of how common they are. Asphalt shingles and wood shakes are some of the most cost-effective and accessible materials out there, so many homes are bound to have similar roofing risks and issues.

For example, both asphalt shingles and wood shakes are prone to curling and cupping as they age. This is a particularly important development for inspectors to keep an eye on since it allows water to pool into stagnant reservoirs that slowly erode the material that contains them, as opposed to directing runoff away from the property.

Asphalt shingles also have a unique vulnerability with their moisture-absorbing granules. Through prolonged exposure to inclement weather conditions or abrasive contact with nearby, untrimmed trees, these granules can be eroded or shaved off the shingle’s surface, allowing for increased water retention and compounding, moisture-related foundational weakening.

Faulty or Exposed Wiring

Exposed electrical wiring is an obvious area of concern, but an even trickier home vulnerability is openly spliced wiring or a household’s overreliance on extension cables to circumvent low voltage areas of their home. In the case of the latter, a home seller may conceal spliced wiring since it’s a clear maintenance issue, even though he or she might see it differently because their MacGyver-ed solution has worked well for them thus far.

Warped or Improperly Installed Windows

This issue gets back to one of the primary concerns of a general home inspector: to identify areas that are most vulnerable to moisture intrusion. Drafts and air leakages typically tip residents off to an issue with their windows, but it’s the moisture let in by a seal failure that really makes this common household red flag a priority fix.

Over time, moisture can permeate your window’s frame, causing it to warp within its wall or condense between its glass panes. Regardless of how the problem manifests, warped, depreciating, or poorly installed windows will lead to increased home energy consumption, compounding utility costs, and a generally uncomfortable living space.

A Lack of Building Permits and Documentation

If you’re looking to make a home inspector’s job difficult, hire him or her to inspect a home that has undergone years of undocumented renovations. A lack of construction permits or certifying documentation makes it a hassle to confirm whether the property’s past work was done with sanctioned, industry-grade materials, or by experienced and licensed professionals.

Often, instead of being able to verify these important questions, the home inspector will recommend permitted home repairs for the areas that have a foggy renovation history. This way, there’s documented evidence that the property is improved in a way that keeps it compliant with local building codes. Some home sellers would prefer to shirk this responsibility or pass it onto the buyer because of the considerable overhead cost of meeting pre-sale repair obligations. As such, they may emphasize their property’s newest features to distract from overarching maintenance concerns.

For example, a home seller may tout their new water purification system to present their home’s entire plumbing system as more modern than it really is. In actuality, he or she may have had to install that new water purification system because of an aging plumbing grid that channels unwanted minerals, like magnesium and calcium, into the water supply. An expert home inspector will take in information about recent home improvements, then apply that to the larger context and question of the property’s structural stability.

 

Learn More About Your Home’s Risk Areas From One of Orlando’s Top Home Inspectors

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected literally millions of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

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Why It’s Important to Work With a Certified Home Inspector

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Home inspectors are responsible for a lot, from assessing the durability and performance of a home’s most important fixtures and appliances to conducting a thorough, transparent evaluation that will greatly affect a property’s overall value. As with any complex or impactful position, home inspectors, general and specialized, are required to accrue a considerable amount of field experience while constantly seeking out ongoing educational opportunities to better refine their expertise.

The home inspection industry is incredibly standardized thanks to organizations like The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), that create and reinforce standards of practice for thousands of professionals nationwide. Despite this, there is still a considerable number of uncertified inspectors that either take advantage of homeowners unaware of the profession’s certification standards, or simply convince clients that it’s more streamlined or cost-effective to work with an inspector who isn’t bound to a standardized process.

Savvy homeowners will always prefer a certified home inspector, though, because the very fact that they are certified suggests a continuing dedication to ongoing process improvement and self-education. But why should a certification provide so much peace of mind? To answer this question, we’ll take a closer look at the professional requirements of the top home inspection organizations, the benefits of working alongside a certified inspector and the risks of opting for someone uncertified.

 

Taking a Closer Look at InterNACHI and ASHI

As you look through our site, you may notice that our inspectors are trained and certified through the American Home Inspectors Training Institute, whose program meets or exceeds the professional requirements of InterNACHI and ASHI. You may wonder what exactly makes these organizations so important that we’d prioritize meeting both of their respective requirements.

Prior to the founding of InterNACHI and ASHI, the home inspection industry lacked both a standard set of professional practices and the desire to standardize. That’s not to say there weren’t quality inspectors back then; they were just difficult to scope out before making a hiring decision. This inconsistency in work quality, over time, eroded the reputability of the industry at-large.

InterNACHI and ASHI offer their own separate certifications, but the bulk of their respective requirement rubrics are very similar. Both organizations require applicants to demonstrate their comprehension of various trade and ethical practices by passing a comprehensive exam. They also mandate the accrual of continuing education credit hours to ensure the professionals they certify commit themselves to learning new inspection strategies and technologies, regardless of whether they’re a general inspector or someone more specialized.

Bridging Theory and Practice

Online examination is a staple of the certification process, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end-all-be-all. What makes InterNACHI and ASHI certification so reputable is that its recipients are asked to demonstrate how they turn theoretical standards of practice into quality results.Those pursuing a Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) designation from InterNACHI must submit four mock inspection reports to the organization’s report review committee. On the other end, those seeking an equivalent ASHI certification must submit a list of 250 paid inspections that adhere to their Standards of Practice.

The Pitfalls of Working With an Uncertified Home Inspector

Poor inspections are not always the result of someone trying to get one over on a homeowner. Some uncertified home inspectors are just as cognizant of quality standards as their certified counterparts, but simply wish to forego all the ancillary costs that come with a marquee certification. These inspectors may give a thorough evaluation of a property, but lack the formal training that would, otherwise, condition them to identify less-obvious structural issues.

To give an example, a homeowner may hire a less expensive, but informally trained home inspector, and tell him or her that their property has just undergone a major home remodeling project. The inspector may assume that the recently renovated sections of the home require less scrutiny, but with this blanket assumption, they may fail to consider underlying foundation concerns, such as depreciating plumbing, weakened support structures or hazardous electrical wiring.

Leaving critical home flaws like these uninspected and unaddressed will leave the homeowner with a large, potentially recurring repair burden down the road. When you work with a certified home inspector, though, it’s easier to avoid these pitfalls because a certified professional has spent upwards of hundreds of hours educating themselves on the possible vulnerabilities of different property types and geographic locations.

 

Our inspectors at Advanced Look Property Inspections are active members of NACHI/InterNACHI, and each completes a minimum of 24 continuing education hours every calendar year to comply with the organization’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Needless to say, Orlando homeowners can rely on us to bring industry experience and quality-assured service to every inspection.

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected literally millions of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

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Orlando in Autumn: Four Fall Activities to Ring in the New Season

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Orlando is most closely associated with the theme park and resort scene, but the city’s artistic and cultural landscape is much more far-reaching and diverse than that. As summer draws to a close, most of the country shifts their focus to indoor fun, and while there’s no shortage of that here, being in the middle of the Sunshine State means being able to take advantage of a few more outdoor gatherings than most.

Whether you’re a foodie, a sports fanatic or simply looking for a place to take the kids, Orlando has a lot to offer in the autumn. Here are just a few of our recommendations:

The Global Peace Film Festival

Celebrating its fifteenth year, the Global Peace Film Festival features an eclectic mix of documentaries and feature films from aspiring movie makers and marquee Hollywood names. The festival has seven participating venues, including the Plaza Cinema Café, the Enzian Theater and the Bush and SunTrust Auditoriums.

Some of the festival’s most noteworthy submissions include Hidden Secrets of the Florida Springs, The Evil Within and The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Whether you’re a die-hard movie buff or just looking to escape the summer heat for a couple hours, make sure to check out a flick or two at the Global Peace festival.

Blockbuster Concerts and Buzzer Beaters at Amway Center

The Amway Center has been Orlando’s top event venue since it opened in 2010—and even going back over two decades when it was the Amway Arena. Obviously, Amway Center is open year-round, but this fall the arena features many high-profile concerts from household names like Bruno Mars and Jay Z. And, as the home court of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Amway Center is no stranger to hosting sporting events. In fact, Amway Center has been put on the map as the host venue of Arena Bowl XXVI, the NCAA Tournament and the 2012 NBA All Star Game.

Visit Orlando’s 12th Annual Magical Dining Month

To get a true taste of Orlando, you must first recognize there isn’t just one. Over 100 Orlando-area restaurants will participate in the 12th annual Magical Dining Month. Whether you’re a long-time Orlandoan still looking to sample all the cuisine the city has to offer or you simply need a satisfying dining alternative as you finish a kitchen remodeling project, you’ll be able to indulge in fixed-price meals from restaurant offering everything from French cuisine to Latin and South American fare.

The roster of participating restaurants is vast and varied, including locations from Restaurant Row and the Greater Downtown Area. You’ll also feel leave feeling as charitable as you are full since one dollar from each dish is donated to charities like BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Association.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND

Brick or Treat combines two things that adults and kids agree are awesome: Halloween and LEGOs. This year’s Brick or Treat event begins in October and will run through the entire month. Some of the most popular festivities will include scavenger hunts across Miniland USA and daily costume contests, but the real showstoppers will be the spider-themed firework shows that cap off every Saturday and Sunday night. Unfortunately, Halloween falls in the middle of the week this year, so make sure to bring the kids a couple days earlier to close out your spooky October with an awe-inspiring bang.

 

At Advanced Look Property Inspections, we know that home is where the heart is; that’s why we’re so dedicated to providing homeowners with the most accurate property inspections. However, we also know that Orlandoans love seeking outdoor adventure—otherwise, they wouldn’t live here. If you’re looking to prolong your summer fun even as fall approaches, make sure to check out these excellent events!

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected hundreds-of-thousands of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

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Top Orlando-Area Attractions

When people think of Orlando, their thoughts immediately go to the big tourist attractions, like SeaWorld, Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Resort. It’s understandable; these are nationally recognized theme parks that generate a significant amount of revenue for the city, but you’d be mistaken if you thought these places captured Orlando’s full essence.

Orlando is brimming with exhilarating outdoor activities that draw thousands of tourists and long-time residents alike. Whether you prefer a slice of natural splendor, the outer reaches of space, or delving into otherworldly mysteries, here is a list of low-key Orlando locales that regularly serve up high-quality entertainment.

Explore the Past and Future of Space Travel at the Kennedy Center Visitors Complex

While others are urged to reach for the stars, Orlandoans need only travel an hour east to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Broken into multiple “mission zones”, the Visitors Complex features a host of educational and interactive exhibits outlining the past, present, and future of NASA space exploration.

Visitors should cover the basics first with a walk through the Heroes & Legends mission zone, which houses the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. From there, space enthusiasts can boldly go to the NASA Now mission zone to see multimedia demonstrations that outline the administration’s future ventures to deep space and Mars. For those longing for a hands-on experience, the NASA Now zone also features mission simulators, so you can prove to friends and family that you have what it takes to be a galactic explorer.

Learn to Wrangle the Reptiles of Gatorland

If you’re looking for some face time with Florida’s deadliest natives, there’s no better place than Gatorland. The park offers many attractions, but the most noteworthy are the five distinct zip line rides that range from 230 to 500 feet in length. You’ll also be upwards of 65 feet in the air, which sounds scary until you see the alligators and crocodiles passing by below. If you don’t mind closing the distance between you and the main attractions, however, Gatorland offers a Trainer-for-a-Day program that allows visitors to handle the creatures featured in their various shows.

Pilot a Piece of History at Warbird Adventures

If you’re equally parts history buff and thrill seeker, Warbird Adventures offers a hands-on experience that you won’t soon forget. Celebrating two decades in business this year, Warbird offers 15-60-minute rides in World War II-era North American T-6 Texan fighter planes. The Warbird staff doesn’t just place patrons into a fleet of random refurbished planes, though; these aircraft were used to train 70% of Allied pilots during WWII. You’ll be accompanied by an expert, but make no mistake, you’ll spend most of your time in the cockpit, so come ready to kiss the sky.

Confront the Paranormal With American Ghost Adventures

Looking for some chills to counter the Orlando heat? If so, consider a paranormal tour or investigation with American Ghost Adventures. Ranked as one of the top ten ghost tours in the world by TripAdvisor, as well as one of the top five in the U.S., this decade-old Orlando mainstay offers 2-3-hour downtown and pub tours. Of course, if you’re looking to make a true spiritual connection, you can opt for the 4-hour-long investigation.

Are you feeling cooped up in your home recently and need some time out? Perhaps you’ve just finished a months-long remodel of your entire home and don’t have the funds for a high-end resort stay. Maybe you’ve spent too long thinking about re-siding your property, mulling over a bathroom remodel, or trying to find the perfect epoxy floor coating for your newly renovated garage. Home is where the heart is, but it’s not always helpful to have your mind constantly dwell on it. Orlando’s theme parks may attract visitors from around the globe, but there’s plenty of downhome entertainment to be had without lines or mascots. The next time you have a stretch of free time, pencil in one of these locations for guaranteed fun.

If you know someone, however, who doesn’t have time for local attractions because they’re steeped in the process of buying or selling a home and needs their property inspected thoroughly and accurately, make sure you recommend Orlando’s premier home inspection service.

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding area. We’ve inspected literally millions of square feet of local real estate for the thousands of customers we’ve helped. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

It will be the best move you’ll ever make!


*Home Inspection Areas include: Orlando, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Clermont, Windermere, Celebration, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Avalon Park, Lake Nona 

 

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Five Things That First-Time Orlando Visitors Should Know

There’s something magical going on in Orlando, and it’s not just on the basketball court. According to an annual report published by Forbes this past winter, Orlando ranks as the second fastest-growing city in America amongst 100 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. Most impressively, Orlando posted the nation’s highest job growth percentage (4.6%) in 2016 and projects to be in the discussion again at year’s end.

Whether for work or pleasure, Orlando is swiftly becoming a high-profile destination, likely because of its family-friendly proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort and promises of sunny beachgoing year-round. Long-time Orlandoans understand, however, that while many of the perks of Central Florida living are real and rewarding, there are important city details that out-of-towners can only get from tenured natives.

To help the Orlando newcomer in your life understand their new home a little better, here are five things all first-time visitors should know:

1. Orlando Has Three Airports

To put this in context, New York City has two, so Orlando already earns high marks as a convenient travel hub since visitors have more freedom choosing where they land. Orlando International Airport is the most well-known, but there’s also the Orlando Sanford Airport located roughly half-an-hour north, as well as the Orlando Executive Airport for charter passengers.

Those unfamiliar with the city may think that the international airport is their best bet, even though they may be staying in a place that’s closer to Sanford—or vice versa. When planning your trip or move to Orlando, make sure to check where your home or accommodations are located in relation to the three airports.

2. A Day at the Beach Requires Some Light Travel

Incoming residents may imagine themselves walking out their front door right onto the beach, but that isn’t exactly the truth. The two closest beaches, Cocoa and Daytona Beach, are about an hour away by car. Luckily, there’s no shortage of hotels and resorts to help Orlando residents capture that sweet feeling of sunny luxury. Whether you’re an experience-hungry tourist or a long-time resident looking for a few hours away from home after a grueling bathroom remodeling or exterior renovation project, you won’t have to trek all the way to the beach to find a fulfilling Florida experience.

3. Don’t Sweat Downtown Parking

Especially in this humidity! If you’re staying in the downtown area, you’ll quickly become familiar with the International Drive, or I-Drive. One of Orlando’s main thoroughfares, the 11.1-mile stretch is located just southwest of downtown Orlando. Many of the city’s finest resorts and eateries are located here, and as such, there is already an established transit system to help visitors get around: the I-Ride Trolley. Many of the nearby theme parks and tourist attractions have transit agreements with the trolley system, so this is an excellent ride solution for those looking to see the major sights without struggling to find parking.

4. Make Sure to Take a Stroll Through Restaurant Row

Five minutes away from the Orange County Convention Center downtown is a well-known stretch of restaurants that offer Orlando’s most eclectic cuisine: Restaurant Row. There are plenty of places to get a burger or other tastes of Americana, but the eateries that populate The Row will also satisfy your cravings for foreign fare. With a roster that includes Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine and Roy Yamaguchi’s Polynesian Restaurant, there’s a place for every palate.

5. Come Prepared for Rain

Many flock to Florida for the promise of warm, sun-kissed outdoor adventures year-round, but this isn’t the complete reality. Orlando has a substantial rain season that spans from mid-May to October, and the city averages just over 50 inches of annual rainfall. If you’re moving to Orlando, you’re likely aware and will gradually adapt to the weather’s ebb and flow, but visitors that have strict itineraries filled with theme park visits should check the multi-day forecast before booking reservations.

There’s a reason Orlando is becoming such a popular destination for incoming residents and tourists alike; it’s a dynamic and ever-growing city with attractions to suit all tastes. Because it’s constantly changing, though, there are aspects of life in the city that don’t always sync with the expectations of those that don’t live in the area. If you have friends or family considering a short or long-term stay in Orlando, make sure to pass along these informative tidbits along with your own personal experience as a resident.

If you know someone planning to move to Orlando who’s currently in the middle of a purchasing a new home, make sure you recommend the area’s top home inspection service to guarantee that he or she gets the most honest assessment of their future home.

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected hundreds-of-thousands of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

It will be the best move you’ll ever make!


*Home Inspection Areas include: Orlando, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Clermont, Windermere, Celebration, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Avalon Park, Lake Nona 

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What to Expect From Your Home Inspection Report

Today, inspection reporting is considered a cornerstone of any home transaction. In fact, many property sales hinge on these report findings, especially if the home in question has chronic maintenance needs or a history of unpermitted renovations.

This wasn’t always the case, though. Prior to the founding of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)—the industry’s first reputable governing body—in 1976, there were no standardized inspection guidelines or licensure requirements for inspectors. This created quality inconsistencies across different inspection services, no intuitive way to determine the best inspectors, and a general distrust for the service.

Now, with the growth of oversight organizations, like ASHI and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), standardization lies at the heart of all home inspection services—so much so that most inspectors will attach a page to their reports that specifically details their credentials, affiliations, and operational standards.

That said, not all home inspections are reported the exact same way. Here’s a little more information to give you a better sense of what reporting aspects remain the same across inspectors, as well as which differ:

What Should Be in Your Report Regardless of Your Inspector

  • General Client and Property Information:

Typically listed at the top of an inspection report, this preliminary information should include the client’s name, the basic property specs and information along with the weather conditions at the time of inspection.

  • Detailed Descriptions of Defects:

Any defective home features or equipment should be thoroughly described, even in checklist-based reports. They should also be paired with a projection of each defect’s severity, such as a detailed analysis of whether a defective fixture endangers the long-term safety and structural integrity of a property.

  • Solutions, Not Just Problems:

Identified defects should also carry a recommendation from the home inspector, whether it’s a call for outright repair or a second opinion from a more specialized professional. If you’re working with a general inspector, it’s important to remember that they are trained to identify vulnerabilities in different home systems, but not necessarily in how to repair each one. A home inspector may be able to tell you that your windows are warped or improperly fit, but you’ll have to rely on trained window replacement experts to fix the issue.

Where Home Inspection Reporting Differs

The starkest difference is seen with report formatting. There are three primary report types: straight checklist, narrative reports and checklist with narrative reporting; then there is some additional variance depending on your inspector, how many pictures he or she takes, and which software program is used, if any.

Straight checklist reports are still being used, but many municipalities have banned them because they provide too many areas of interpretation for buyers, sellers, attorneys, contractors and basically anyone remotely involved in a home transaction.

As opposed to narrative reports, which include personalized, long-form descriptions of all identified defects, their unique severities, and repair solutions, checklist reports offer a restrictive, binary choice. Is this fixture functional? Does this feature need repair? Instead of elaborating on the intensiveness of the damage or repairs, buyers and sellers are left to make huge renovative decisions on vague assertions.

A narrative report, however, can leave buyers wondering whether the inspector actually checked all the areas not mentioned in their report (“Did they get interrupted and forget to check something?”). The customer is left hanging, assuming that everything the inspector didn’t mention is likely okay. Right?

But is it?

That’s where the benefit of a checklist with narrative reporting comes in. When a checklist with narrative reporting is assembled, pictures are taken of each room in the house as they are inspected. And yes, as the name implies, there is a checklist of items to show the customer that key areas and fixtures were inspected. Then, as with the straight narrative report, pictures of any identified defects or problems are taken and inserted into the report with a long-form description of each vulnerability, its severity, and repair solution—providing the customer the most thorough option in reporting, especially as a legal record.

Another important reporting difference to note is whether your inspector uses a software-based template or pen and paper. Obviously, this won’t affect what information can be reported, but some reporting software does contain boilerplate sections with location-specific inspection items. A digital report may give you the widest coverage of all possible home concerns, as opposed to relying on the thoroughness of your inspector and his blank sheet.

Small, But Important Things to Remember About the Home Inspection Process

  • Most Inspections are Visually Based and Unexhaustive by Design : These visual inspections are comprehensive enough to allow inspectors to deliver their findings with a high degree of confidence, but there are some areas they may not assess—either because it would require key fixture disassembly or property demolition.

The home inspection industry has come a long way over the last few decades, especially in terms of standard operational and reporting procedure; but the process is still differentiated enough to cause confusion if you’re a first-time seller or buyer.

If the inspection process still feels unfamiliar and daunting even after reading this, it’s best to trust a professional home inspector that can help you navigate all property findings and advise you on the best solutions for each.

Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected hundreds-of-thousands of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.

It will be the best move you’ll ever make!


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