• Choose Your Sarasota Home Inspector Carefully

    Most people understand how important a home inspection is. After all it is usually a large investment and for that reason it pays to have the home professionally inspected. The cost of a $400 inspection pales in comparison to thousands in unforeseen defects because an individual thought it best to save some money and not inspect the property.  That said it is equally important to select the right person for the job.  The truth is not all home inspection firms are created equal. Be sure to ask … [Read More...]

    Advantages of Solar Energy

    by Nick Gromicko and Rob London  Solar energy offers considerable advantages over conventional energy systems by nullifying flaws in those systems long considered to be unchangeable. Solar power for home energy production has its flaws, too, which are outlined in another article, but they're dwarfed by the advantages listed below. The following are advantages of solar energy: Raw materials are renewable and unlimited. The amount of available solar energy is staggering -- roughly … [Read More...]


    Thermostats are devices designed to control the heating and cooling systems in a building so that air temperature remains comfortable. According to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice, inspectors are not required to verify, inspect or determine thermostat calibration, heat anticipation, automatic setbacks, timers, programs or clocks. It is wise, however, for inspectors to understand thermostat operation and solutions to common defects. Thermostats can be manually controlled or set to activate … [Read More...]

    Save Energy Sarasota

    Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, InterNACHI energy auditors can perform in-depth testing to find the best energy solutions for … [Read More...]

    Tree Swing Inspection

    by Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kate Tarasenko A tree swing (or a rope swing or tire swing) is composed of a single rope or chain attached to a high tree branch, along with a seat, which is typically a wooden plank or tire. For many homeowners, tree swings represent fond childhood memories, but this type of DIY play equipment is too often poorly constructed by non-professional builders for their children, who can be unaware of the potential dangers.  InterNACHI inspectors who encounter these … [Read More...]

    For Sale by Owner: Positives and Difficulties

    When interpreting to go about the undertaking of selling their homes, homeowners should carefully consider the pros and cons of hiring a real estate agent. While most seller decide to hire an agent to aid them with the sale, a minority of them choose to sell it themselves.  In 2006, these "for sale by owner" (or FSBO) sellers totaled 12% in 2006, based on to the National Association of Realtors. FSBO sellers stand to protect an enormous amount of money, but to do this well, they must be … [Read More...]

    What Really Matters In A Sarasota Home Inspection

    Buying a home?  The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but it often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short time.  This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself make the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you … [Read More...]