Hurricane Straps

  Here is a picture of a hurricane strap. Modern Florida homes (and some older homes) had these metal straps installed during construction. Their purpose is to hold the roof on during a hurricane. They are metal straps that are embedded or fastened to the home’s exterior walls and then fastened to the trusses. These […]

4 Tips On Choosing Where To Live Around Downtown Sarasota

St. Armands and Lido Key boast some of the oldest homes in our area. Beautiful 1920s waterfront mansions, alongside modern homes, overlook the Intracoastal Waterway. Also the key has more common ranch style homes that sprung up in the 1950s and 60s. Another popular living choice are the older and charming condo developments. Make no […]

Uncaulked Faux Gable Vents

Two different houses. We inspected both these houses recently. All the faux gable vents were missing caulking at the top, a perfect way to catch and trap water against the home’s stucco! This small repair will save the homeowner’s a larger headache in the future. If you would like to learn more about our home […]

1927 Mansion on the Bay

We had a great time inspecting the beautiful 1927 historical home in Sarasota. The home is part of the National Register. Thomas Reed Martin, the famous architect designed the home and the home was built by William Burns himself! The fireplace which is the centerpiece of the formal living room was a gift from John Ringling. […]

Washing Machine Standpipe Missing

Recently we inspected a Sarasota home where the seller had installed a washing machine on the lanai. The drainage for this washer was inadequate. The drain line was run up and into the home, eventually meeting up with the sewer line somewhere. The problem with this setup is that when the washing machine pump stops […]

Older Water Heaters

When is a water heater old enough to proactively replace? A lot of my home inspection customers are worried about their water heaters rightly so. Water heaters can be in good shape visually but the internal components may be failing due to age. The first step is to find out how old the water heater […]

Child Safety Stairs

This image shows the recommended maximum openings in stair railings to protect children from injury. If your stair railings have openings that exceed these recommended diameters, please contact general contractor to repair or replace the stairway railings.

How much longer will the roof last?

“How much longer will the roof last?” That’s a very common that I hear almost every day on my home inspections. Everybody wants to know how many years, months and day they have left before they “need” to replace the roof. The truth is, the answer is not black and white. Roofing systems do not […]

6 Ways To Prepare For Your Sarasota Home Inspection

Hello friends! Are you trying to prepare for your Sarasota home inspection and to eliminate any unforeseen delays? Home inspections are a crucial element in the home sales process. Not only are home inspections often required by a buyer’s lender, they are strongly recommended and encouraged by the National Association of Realtors. Many Sarasota sellers […]