Unlike most home inspection companies, who offer help to their clients only before they purchase a home and in turn are afraid of their client’s telephone call after move in, AmeriPro wants to work with you for life! We welcome your calls, good or bad, and we want the opportunity to serve you as your only building inspection consultant.
We have a wide variety of services to help you with your home; both before, during, and after your purchase. But our services aren’t limited to the list below. Call us anytime; if we cannot help we’ll know someone that can.
- Insurance-related inspections to help lower the cost of homeownership.
- Conservation inspections to help lower the cost of home maintenance.
- Contractor management / construction representation to help you manage and control the expense and quality of any remodeling or building project you may be about to undertake.
- Energy Efficiency Rating inspections to help with monthly home energy expenses.
- Mold and indoor air quality inspections to protect the health and safety of you and your family.
- Moisture intrusion diagnostic services, providing a low-cost initial alternative to invasive testing for active leaks, improper wiring, and more.
- Storm damage assessments for accurate insurance claims reporting following storms and inclement weather.
In today’s market, clients are subjected to so many more inspection requirements than ever before, that all depend on location, age, and mortgage company of the home in question. Having many different inspections gets expensive, and at AmeriPro we understand and provide packaged inspections to assist our clients with this cost, providing saving because we can do it all in one visit.
Since 2001, AmeriPro has developed packaged inspection programs to help home owners save on their inspection needs, and to ensure they have the protection they need with their new purchase. Each package is bundled based on the clients needs, but here are some of our most common packages.
- Home Inspection with WDO inspection and InfraRed
- This inspection is our basic for almost all new homeowners. It covers the home inspection, Infrared and the WDO inspections in one stop. By not having to return to the home multiple times, we can provide package pricing for all of these services to match you budget. All prices are based on the size and complexity of your new home.
- Home Inspection, WDO Inspection, 4 Point Inspection
- This inspection is our basic for almost all older home owners, those 30 years and greater. It covers the home inspection, Infrared, 4-point and the WDO inspections in one stop. The 4-point is required for insurance purposes and if conducted at the same time as the home inspection, provides an additional layer of savings. By not having to return to the home multiple times, we can provide package pricing for all of these services to match your budget. All prices are based on the size and complexity of your new home.
- New Construction Inspection Packages
- Depending on the phase of construction we can create a custom plan for you and your new home. New construction can be based on the three main steps, pre-concrete, pre-drywall and final, or just pre-drywall, final and warranty. You decide. Call our office for details and for the plan that best suits your budget.
- Platinum Inspection Package
- This is the everything package. It covers the home inspection, 4-point inspection, wind mitigation inspection, mold inspection and testing, infrared inspection, WDO inspection, and home energy score. It also includes reinspection’s before closing for repairs and clear WDO purposes. While pricing for this service can seem more expensive, we do offer payment plans. Call our office for details of this inspection service.
Our customer service staff will work with you to determine what inspection package best suits your need and provide the best packaged price for your needs. To get a quote on your services please call (800) 991-0142, or click here to get an online inspection quote
At AmeriPro, we know the cost of purchasing a home and the additional hidden costs most prospective homeowners are not aware of until they are required to pay for them.
We also know that while all homeowners contemplating the purchase of a newly built home would love to be able to afford the luxury of a quality assurance program throughout the construction process, the reality is that most homeowners truly do not have the budget available.
Many home buyers assume that because a home is New Construction, there will not be any problems or issues. Unfortunately, building a home is not like assembling a car or truck in the Ford plant. The ability to deploy the same level of oversight and quality assurance is not possible. There are too many variables and too many people touching the home at the same and different times. While builders today try to limit the warranty and latent defect issues, unfortunately, these issues fall through the cracks all too often. Sub-contractors coming too early and dismantling or damaging other trades work, inspections delaying trades and resulting in expedited schedules, water intrusion around windows, stucco and stone installation defects, grading and roofing complications are only a few of the many issues that could arise. All are real situations, and all can result in increased risk for you, the new homeowner.
We have, therefore, developed an affordable option for homeowners with limited budgets offering you the same peace of mind a quality assurance program would provide. Listed below are the inspections we provide with this program. Click on any phase to read a description of the service. Click again to close the description.
This is an inspection prior to pouring the concrete for slab on grade homes and stem wall foundation homes. For basements, pile foundations, grade beams, etc., a customized inspection will need to be arranged.
Our goal is to provide a third set of eyes that are objective in nature with a focus on quality assurance.
Our slab/pre-concrete pour inspection includes an analysis of all the visible formwork, plumbing, reinforcement, termite treatment, moisture barrier and any other material to be embedded in the concrete. It is important to inspect at this phase as once the slab is poured, none of this is visible.
Although elevation levels are not taken, a cursory check is carried out to ensure that the elevation of the finish floor is adequate to prevent a future grading or drainage problem. Future grading or drainage problems can be host to many future major defects, such as moisture intrusion damage and increased termite risk. Slab thickness is also important but sometimes not achieved because too much fill was provided within the pour area. Slab thickness can be easily checked at this time.
Some other elements inspected include:
- Ensuring internal load bearing footers are provided and properly located.
- Visible plumbing and drainage lines are properly laid and protected.
- Vapor barrier is properly installed and sealed at all joints and openings.
- Proper placement and tying of concrete reinforcement bars.
- Proper reinforcement of formwork ensuring square and plumb.
- Trenches for footers properly cut out and clear of debris.
- Ensuring no visible debris or foreign material within the pour area.
- Sample measure checks of width and length of house.
- Ensuring termite treatment applied prior to concrete pour (if offered by your builder).
Having the design drawings during this inspection is recommended, otherwise some elements of the inspection will be more difficult to determine, resulting in the inspector drawing on his experience only.
Other Services Available at this time
- Complete measured survey prior to pour
- Re-inspection of initial slab inspection punch list (Note: must be before concrete pour).
Our 100-point slab inspection will provide the quality control you need to secure a proper start to your new home.
Keep in mind that this is a limited service right before concrete pour and covers only the readily accessible and visible elements and components at that time. Trenches and plumbing services for example, may be buried, footers may not be visible if present, etc. This inspection does not take the place of code compliance inspection that is conducted by the building and zoning departments.
A framing/shell inspection for quality assurance purposes should be called a pre-drywall/insulation inspection. This inspection service was designed to be the most informative and economical possible for the homeowners we work with and is one of the most important!
An AmeriPro pre-drywall/insulation or framing inspection covers much more than the framing and shell of the home we are looking at. Once all first fix components are installed, such as electrical wiring, hurricane mitigation hardware, HVAC ductwork and plumbing lines, masonry bond beams, etc., we get the opportunity to inspect and document before they are closed or covered up with insulation and drywall forever. Once these items are covered, the main structure is no longer visible from an inspection perspective and invasive testing may be the only way to assess future defects if they are present.
Our pre-drywall/insulation inspection is an excellent tool for every homeowner building a new home and the only quality assurance inspection actually working for you and you only. It covers much more than your building department code inspections! It will cover quality of workmanship, site-altered conditions, improper construction details, incomplete construction details, improperly installed materials and much more.
As a new homeowner, this is your only chance to document the hidden areas of your home, and the potential hidden issues that may go un-noticed and get covered up until a later date when they cost you money to fix!
At AmeriPro, we focus on the real problem areas. Cosmetic walk-through’s, while appealing to inexperienced opportunist inspectors and uneducated homeowners, are never a cause for major construction defect claims. We know what your liability areas are and we focus on these to protect your interests and help you receive a better product. The end result leaves the builder responsible for the expense of any visible issue not correct during the construction process, rather than on you.
To take full advantage of this part of our inspection service it is advisable to have the design drawings and builder’s engineering documents available at this inspection.
Other Services Available
- Mold testing on contaminated framing members
- Re-inspection of initial frame inspection punch list. (Note: should be carried out before drywall application if possible.)
This is probably the most common inspection requested by homeowners of newly-constructed homes because they have just signed a contract on a builder’s spec home or because they did not have the available funds to conduct a full quality assurance inspection program. Whatever the reason, you are now making the right decision.
This is your last chance to discover any defects before you take on ownership! Don’t get stuck with a lemon because you fall under the common misconception of, “It’s brand new, home inspections are for older homes.” Home building should never be compared to the manufacturing process. When you purchase a new car, you can rest assured that the windows were installed correctly and are working. With so many variables in the construction of a home, it is not possible to guarantee that every part of the jigsaw puzzle was assembled correctly or functioning properly. Builders can miss a number of issues during the construction process simply because they are not on site 100% of the time.
The inspector at this stage will spend many hours analyzing your home and its various components. Remembering that new construction inspectors are much different than those qualified for existing home inspections, your choice of inspector here may be the difference between assessing up to 75-85% of your risk and maybe 45-50%.
Here is an excerpt from our Old vs. New information,
“A simple question to ask your inspector is, “Do you cover codes in your inspection service?” Nine out of ten inspection companies will quickly remind you that they do not do a code inspection. We would then ask, “What are they going to inspect for you if they don’t outline codes!?” Many inspectors will offer cosmetic walkthroughs. You do not need to pay $300-400 for an inspector to put tape on paint drips, check the door handles or operate the stove. These are all common sense inspection and quality issues that any homeowner can do on their own. These inspection services are of little value to anyone.
Don’t be fooled by false promises or advertisements. Make sure you research your inspector and are confident that he has both the performance inspection experience and the code knowledge to deliver the service promised to you.
What you should be paying for is an inspector with product performance knowledge, systems and application know how, general construction wisdom and code experience. Get the most for your money by choosing the right inspector for you and your home.
As a new home owner, this is your only chance to document the hidden areas of your home, and the potential hidden issues that may go un-noticed until a later date when they cost you money to fix!
At AmeriPro, we focus on the real problem areas. Cosmetic walk-through’s, while appealing to inexperienced opportunist inspectors and uneducated homeowners, are never are a cause for major construction defect claims. We know what your liability areas are and we focus on these to protect your interests and help you receive a better product. The end result leaves the builder and their subcontractors responsible for the expense of any visible issue not correct during the construction process, rather than you.
AmeriPro Inspection Corporation has developed a “Detailed 360-Point Walk-Through Certified Inspection Program and Report” for all of our new construction clients. It is the only one of its kind in the industry!
The detailed 360-point inspection for new construction was developed with you in mind. It covers the entire home you are about to purchase, and incorporates a combination of both quality assurance and applicable codes to help you minimize the risk of latent defects and nuisance issues that commonly occur after closing, while at the same time documenting all the components and any testing results conducted at the time of the inspection and much more.
Other Services Available at this Phase
- Mold Screening Assessment
- Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Infrared Diagnostics
- Wind Mitigation Inspection
- Re-inspection of initial final inspection punch list
An End of Builder’s Warranty Inspection should take place before the end of your one- or two-year builder’s warranty. Typically this warranty is one year; however, some builders have given two-year warranties with their homes. Check with your builder to determine your coverage and give us a call.
Because homes settle significantly in the first year following completion, it is important to have an experienced inspector assess your home prior to your warranty expiring. Weather conditions – your home has now been through four seasons and experienced the wind, rain, and snow – can often expose a defect that was not present to the naked eye before. In addition, ground settlement can cause cracks in the walls and tile and much more. Are you trained to notice telltale signs of potential issues to your home?
Experience tells us that most major construction defects go unnoticed for 3-5 years, but in most cases, telltale signs were present for years. At the end of your 1-year warranty, telltale signs will or hopefully will now be visible to the trained eye. This is what you are paying for! If left un-noticed, these clues to potential defects could cost many thousands of dollars to remedy, at your expense.
Most homeowners shy away from this inspection without thinking it through only because of the expense. The unfortunate ones are reminded of their erroneous decisions at some time after their warranty has expired or even worse, when they come to sell their home. Many builders actually rely on the probability of homeowners not having this inspection as part of their risk management policy, and some even talk their homeowners into not having a third party inspection by offering one conducted by them or giving the homeowner a “checklist” to submit.
Don’t let the fox guard the hen house! In today’s market, warranty claims and expenses are a major concern for builders. They know a professionally inspected home can cost at least two or three times more to resolve than one that is inspected by the homeowner themselves. They also know that there is an unintentional extended warranty, if the professional inspector notes telltale signs which typically lead to a problem that may not be showing enough to warrant repair or review at the time of the warranty expiration.
It is for this reason you SHOULD NOT forfeit this opportunity. It is a small price to pay to ensure all your warranty claims are paid for through the builder’s warranty program. Do not short-change yourself or your family, especially today. It can be a very costly mistake!
The following example happened in our own company! They say a cobbler has holes in his shoes, maybe it is true.
In 2000, Our CEO spent a considerable time during the construction of his family’s home making sure the builder was taking care of construction in the correct manner. A major deficiency was noted in his inspection report at the foundation stage that related to poor fill used on the lot. While it was made clear in the report that the consequences of this problem would not become evident for some years, the builder at the time made an attempt to correct the problem but not completely. Of course our CEO made every attempt to record and document the problem. The end result was a settlement issue that required over $175,000 in corrective measures eight years after closing on the home. The builder paid for this in year eight, when it eventually became a major problem! It was only paid for by the builder because the inspection reports, completed eight years earlier, stated the problem and the seriousness it could cause in the future.
Would you be so prepared in this event? If you are reading this, then the answer is likely yes – if you take action. Most people do not.
When compared to one mortgage payment in today’s world, the peace of mind inspection fee represents on average only one fifth of your monthly payment!
Other Services Available at this Phase
- Mold Screening Assessment
- Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Infrared Diagnostics
- Wind Mitigation Inspection
- Re-inspection of initial final inspection punch list
Buying a newly constructed home is much different than buying an existing home.
Unlike sellers, builders have strict requirements of the inspector hired to visit the property. Sellers and real estate agents of existing homes assume the risk of inspector accidents every day in their homes, some of which have already paid the price. Builders will not assume this risk. In order for an inspector to set foot on a builder’s home site, they are required to confirm not only general liability insurance coverage but also worker’s compensation insurance. Copies of the same showing the builder in question as a certificate holder on the insurance policy are also requested.
At AmeriPro, we carry these insurances for your protection and meet these requirements. Just let your scheduling representative know the builder you are working with and we will coordinate the rest.
Your choice of the inspector is even more important for new construction because not only is the experience and qualifications of your inspector essential but having code knowledge and how it applies to the location you are building in is critical.
A simple question to ask your inspector is, “Do you cover codes in your inspection service?” Nine out of ten inspection companies will quickly remind you that they do not do a code inspection. We would then ask, “What are they going to inspect for you if they don’t include code issues!?” Many inspectors will offer cosmetic walkthroughs. You do not need to pay $300-400 for an inspector to put tape on paint drips, check the door handles or operate the stove. These are all common sense inspection and quality issues that any homeowner can do on their own. These inspection services are of little value to anyone.
At AmeriPro, we focus on the real problem areas. Cosmetic walk-through’s, while appealing to inexperienced opportunist inspectors and uneducated homeowners, are never are a cause for major construction defect claims. We know what your liability areas are and we focus on these to protect your interests and help you receive a better product. The end result leaves the builder and their subcontractors responsible for the expense of any visible issue not correct during the construction process, not you.
What you should be paying for is an inspector with product performance knowledge, systems and application know-how, general construction wisdom and code experience. Get the most for your money by choosing the right inspector for you and your home.
No two inspection reports should ever be alike, as every home is different in shape, condition and type. At least that is what is supposed to happen. This is not the case however, with the invention of technology applications with so called “BOILER PLATE” comments and templates. With these applications, inspectors merely point and click to complete a report. They follow a robotic system: See wood decay, click wood decay and a comment populates, See a chimney leak, click the chimney leak section and a comment is populated.
But does the content of this comment explain completely what the problems are and could become with YOUR future home? The likelihood is no. Generic boilerplate reports, while they may look professional, at best are completely subjective and rarely provide conclusive guidance to any user or prospective buyer of a home. The only person that will probably like this report is the seller, because rarely does it suggest definitively for anything to be done.
In essence, our industry has made it so easy to complete an inspection report that anyone can do it. It is therefore up to you, our client, to weed through to “wannabe” inspectors or weekend warriors.
For veteran and experienced inspectors writing a definitive and customized report is not a problem as it is done with every inspection. For newer, inexperienced inspectors it is a completely different story.
When choosing an inspector, you must qualify their experience, reporting system and the content of the reporting system you are about to purchase. Always ask to see a sample of the report they provide. Never leave this up to chance as this is what your informed decision will be made upon!
At AmeriPro we have a number of different reporting systems all dependent upon what inspection type or number of inspection types you choose. All are customized for each home we inspect and all are provided with clear photographs of the issues we find at the inspection.
We pride ourselves on our reports and are always willing to show you what you can expect when you enlist our services. Simply click on any of the inspection report types listed below to view a sample of the inspection report.
Infrared technology is the latest advancement in the inspection industry. We always keep up with the latest trends and in fact, were the first company to outfit each of our inspectors with an infrared camera. We even trained other companies’ inspectors on how to use the cameras and technology. Infrared cameras allow us to “see” things that are invisible to the naked eye. It is a non-invasive tool that allows our inspectors to detect hidden leak sources, missing insulation, “hot” electrical wiring and more.
Home inspections are limited to what is visible only, and experience and knowledge of the industry will dictate the vision of your inspector. New inspectors for example may only estimate 40-50% of the risk, while veteran inspectors may see upwards 75-85% of the risk depending on conditions such as occupied with furniture, recent paint, etc.
Making sure you know the years of inspection experience is paramount for every new homeowner.
AmeriPro has been in business more than 24 years. Founded in 1995, the company has continued to grow stronger with each year of operation. We began by providing home and commercial inspections and have expanded our array of services to include, new construction monitoring, quality assurance inspections, termite inspections, insurance surveys, 4-point inspections, mold screening assessments, indoor air quality assessments, infrared inspections, roof surveys and the latest addition, windstorm mitigation inspections. Whatever your building inspection needs, we have an inspector on staff to accommodate you.
From scheduling, to the inspection, and beyond, we know you will be completely satisfied with our company. We have multiple inspectors specializing and licensed in different areas of construction to ensure your needs are taken care of. All of our inspectors have undergone on-the-job training, mentorship, and QA oversight before ever being allowed to enter the field. We carry all the necessary insurances to ensure you are protected on every level. These include Worker’s Comp Insurance, General Liability Insurance, and we are one of only a few companies to carry Errors & Omissions Insurance for YOUR protection!
If you are not satisfied with the inspection we conduct, we will return your inspection fee and refer you to an alternative veteran inspector. It is as simple as that. Please call our office within 24 hours of the inspection or receipt of your inspection report and we will take care of your needs immediately.
Our reports are second to none. Proprietarily developed using over 30 years’ experience, your inspection report intuitively outlines your home, its features, defects and conditions. Our report is easy to read and understand. We take you through each section of the home objectively explaining our findings. In addition to your report, our staff is at your service should you have any questions regarding your report following your inspection.
All reports include photos of defects, safety issues and relevant findings during the inspection. Photographs are edited with descriptions and connected to the defect associated with the picture by number so you can easily find the photo corresponding to the defect.
It is not necessarily that we are the most expensive, it is just we are the most experienced and one of the most consistent home inspection companies in northern Florida. Every day we get calls from competitors or online fee quotes trying to see where our fees are at any time and for any service. You will always find that these inspection companies are typically $5-$20 just under our prices. While almost all are single operators, for prospective homeowners and clients not educated in this industry, our services would almost seem to be the same. Of course this is not true, because many don’t carry insurances, do not have the same experience, proven track record, do not have offices and merely work from the back of their truck. As fast as they entered this industry, they leave even faster when a client claim comes in or turn down in business occurs.
Absolutely. We do not hire or train any inspector without ensuring you and the persons involved in the transaction are fully protected.
Being one of the largest inspection companies, enables us to boast about the volume of inspections we have conducted, but more importantly, is how many customers we have protected over the years. It is thousands and thousands. When looking for a home inspector to work for you, you should treat this choice as importantly as looking for a surgeon to conduct an operation. The bottom line is experience counts and you are about to pay for your home for 30 years. What if a problem is not found!
You Real Estate agent must recommend more than one home inspector, just like they recommend more than one contractor. The liability for not giving you the choice is too much. At the same time, you should ask your real estate agent if he or she has pre vetted the list they gave you. Have they confirmed that the inspection companies you their list are at least 2-5 years in the business, do your real estate agents keep certificates of insurance on their files, and have they received confirmation of licensing and other education? When choosing an inspector for such an important part of your whole life, ask the hard questions and do not be afraid.