You Have Found That Perfect Home

Now it’s time to get an inspection.

Rolfs Home Inspections looks for those things you haven’t had the opportunity to see yet. We provide detailed, digital reports, with colored pictures and descriptions of any deficiencies including structural and safety hazards such as...

  • Roof Damage

  • Structural Damage

  • Attic Structure and Deficiencies

  • Foundation Settlement and Cracks

  • Plumbing Issues

  • Electrical Concerns

  • Wood Destroying Organisms

  • Water Intrusion

  • Moisture Damage

  • Chinese Drywall

  • Cracks in Walls

  • Previous or Current Infestations

  • Fire Damage

  • Drainage Problems

  • Improper Repairs

As a home buyer it is important for you to be as informed as possible; the more knowledge you have the more leverage you will have.  A thorough Rolfs Home Inspections report will help you make an educated decision, and can possibly help you renegotiate a better price.
Below are detailed descriptions of the each inspection

Full Inspection

 

A Full Inspection is a visual, systematic review of the elements of a home.  This is an unbiased inspection of a home, here we work for you the buyer, and look out for your best interests.  This inspection reviews

  • Property Grounds

  • Plumbing Connections and Pipes

  • Water Heaters

  • Interior Floors and Walls

  • Kitchen Cabinets and Counters

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

  • Possible Wood Destroying Organisms

  • Moisture Intrusion

  • Chinese Drywall 

  • Major Appliances

  • Foundation

  • Exterior Walls

  • Exterior Windows and Doors

  • Decks and Patios

  • Pools and Pool Decks

  • Roof and Attic structure

  • Attic Insulation

  • Electrical Panel, Wires, and Connections

To view a sample report, please click here

4-Point Inspection

 

A 4-Point inspection report form is what your insurance company needs to assess the insurability of your new home.  Only a certified, state licensed home inspector, general contractor, engineer, or architect can perform this inspection. This report focuses on 4 aspects of the home which include

  • Roof Condition and age

  • Electrical

  • Plumbing

  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

To view a sample report, please click here

Wind Mitigation

 

Not all homes were creating equally, so why should homeowners with protected homes pay the same for windstorm coverage as homeowners with less protected homes?  In the 1990's Florida Statute 627.0629(1) passed, which requires insurance companies to offer Florida homeowners "discounts, credits, or other rate differentials..." for construction techniques that reduce damage and loss in windstorms. Wind Mitigations can only be performed by certified, licensed inspectors.

Features that can save you thousands on your coverage include:

  • Year the Home was Built: Shortly after Hurricane Andrew (1992) the South Florida Building Code SFBC-94 changed (for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties) in 2001 the rest of Florida followed and created codes to keep new buildings stronger by developing the Florida Building Code (FBC 2001 or later).  If your home was built in South Florida in 1994 or later or in the rest of Florida after 2002 you can earn discounts on your policy.

  • Year of Roof or Re-Roofed: If your home is located in the High Velocity Wind Zone (Dade, Broward, & Palm Beach Counties) the roof must have a permit application after 9/1/1994 or in the rest of Florida it must be after 3/1/2002.

  • Roof Deck Attachment: Here is where roof deck material and thickness, rafter spacing, and nail size are of importance.  If your house meets the requirements, discounts can be earned.

  • Roof to Wall Attachment: How is the roof attached to the house? Is it simply nailed on or does it have metal connectors such as hurricane clips, straps, or double straps? Do these connectors have the required amount of nails and nail placement securing them in place?  If so, this can earn a discount.

  • Roof Geometry: Hip, Flat, or other.  Roof shape is a big factor in the aerodynamics of a home during a hurricane. When the strong winds of a hurricane blow in they will be least damaging when the roof is flat or hip shaped (like a pyramid). These features can also earn BIG discounts.

  • Secondary Water Barrier: SWR (also called Sealed Roof Deck) is a self-adhering polymer modified-bitumen roofing underlayment applied directly to the sheathing or foam adhesive SWR barrier (not foamed-on insulation) applied as a supplemental means to protect the dwelling from water intrusion in the event of roof covering loss.

  • Opening Protection: This includes entry doors & windows, garage doors, skylights, and glass block.  Just like “not all homes are created equally”, neither are hurricane shutters or other opening protection, to receive discounts on your South Florida policy your opening protection has to be Miami Dade County Approved (MDCA or MCA) for “Cyclic Pressure and Large Missile Impact”. These kinds of Shutters will earn the most discounts, most shutters that are MDCA will have a stamp or sticker letting you know they qualify, even if you don't live in Miami-Dade counties, these requirements are for all shutters for homes built in High Velocity Wind Zone.

To view a sample Wind Mitigation report, please click here