What we Inspect

Bosch Home Inspections Inc. produces easy to read, nationally recognized reports that exceed the “Standards of Practice” established by the Florida Association Of Building Inspectors and State Florida Home Inspectors Licensing. Our typical home inspection includes all of these components and systems:

  •  Grounds: Driveway, Sidewalks, Retaining Walls, Patio, Patio Cover, Decks/Porches, Fences/Gates.
  • Exterior: Exterior Stairs, Exterior Walls, Trim=eaves,fascia,soffits, Chimneys, Sprinklers, Hose Faucets, Gutters & Downspouts.
  • Foundation: Grading, Slab or perimeter foundation, Crawlspace, Ventilation, Floor Construction.
  • Roof: Main Roof and any additional roof structures, Vent Caps, Ridge Vents, All Exposed Flashing.
  • Plumbing: Main Line, Supply Lines, Waste Lines, Gas Fuel Systems, Water Heaters.
  • Heating/Cooling/Air Distribution System: Description, Condition, Venting, Combustion Air, Burners, Distribution, Normal Controls, Air Filters, Heat Pumps or A/C units.
  • Electrical: Incoming Service, Main & Sub Panels, Type of Wire used, Outlet, GFCI outlets, Switches.
  • Interior: Doors, Windows, Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Fireplace, Ceiling fans, Smoke Detectors, Attic, Ventilation.
  • Garage: Floor, Firewall/ceiling, Ventilation, Entry & Exit Doors, Vehicle Door, Automatic Vehicle Door Opener, Electrical.
  • Kitchen: Sinks, Countertops, Cabinets, Lights, Disposal, Range/Cooktop, Dishwasher, Other Special Features.
  • Bathrooms: Toilets, Sinks, Ventilation, Bathtubs, Showers, Wall Tiles
  • Pool/Spa: Pool/Spa Type, Heater, Filters, Pumps, Blowers, Electrical, Pool Decking/Coping, Screen Cages/lanai, Child Safety.
  • Termite/WDO: Most all lenders will require a termite/WDO inspection be done on all homes sold in Florida. This part of the inspection will be done by a Certified Pest inspector that holds a license to inspect for termites and wood destroying organisms in the state of Florida by the Department of Agriculture. Please view Florida WDO reporting for more information.

 

YOUR REPORT: Each section above is categorized along with a detailed summary that makes it convenient and easy to reference repairs quickly. All reports are posted on your own private page accessed through www.yourbhi.com (see login at top right) when your report is done you will get your login info (you can customize your login info after login) Here you will see your report, info on home warranty for purchase, a special offer from ADT and a list of Contractors that have been rated by other clients.

  • A Summary Section listing defective and marginal items as well as helpful recommendations for repair or replacement
  • Digital photographs will be taken during the inspection. All items listed on the report will have photographs. See Sample Report on Home Page.
  • Pool inspections are included for free as are garage area and out buildings smaller than 400 sq ft.
  • Security Systems are not inspected but you will recieve a special offer from ADT. (the best deal you can get from ADT)

Beyond The Normal Home Inspection:

Extensive as it is, a home inspection is not all-inclusive. Depending on your level of concern, and location of the house, you may want to consider the following optional services, which generally can be performed in conjunction with the home inspection:
Radon Testing -According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The radioactive gas, commonly found in the soil, has become a major health concern for homebuyers. Make sure the inspector is familiar with EPA protocols, uses only approved equipment and is certified with the state to perform radon testing.

Water Analysis -Some 84% of Americans surveyed in a Harris poll believe their water supply at home is polluted and, according to the EPA, nearly 70% are concerned specifically about the quality of their drinking water. Some home inspection companies now provide water quality’ analysis, but it is important that they utilize only laboratories certified by the EPA or the Health Department. It is advisable to test for lead, bacteria (such as cryptosporidium), and -in some rural areas, arsenic, nitrates and cloiforms.

Carbon Monoxide Testing -This “silent killer” may be an issue in homes using fossil fuels (oil and natural gas). Carbon monoxide can be detected only with an analyzer. A clear and working ventilation system minimizes the effects of the gas, so have your inspector check it. For additional protection, install a carbon monoxide detector.

Termite/Pest Inspection -Although a pest inspection is no guarantee that termites will not infest your home in the future, it will provide a “wood-destroying pest and dry rot” report on any existing threat.

Lead Paint Testing – Lead Paint Testing Under Title X legislation; home buyers are entitled to test for the presence of high levels of lead paint in homes built prior to 1978. Lead paint can cause health and developmental problems for small children if the lead paint is deteriorated or if it is present in dust. Ask your home inspector what options they may offer for testing for lead in paint