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Travis Byrd

Travis Byrd

  • InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
  • Florida Home Inspector License #HI11960
  • B.A. Thomas Edison State University
InterNACHI Certified Orlando FL

Get Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Like: What’s Included? How Long Does It take? Do I Have To Be There?

How Can I Pay For My Inspection?

We offer many convenient ways to pay for your inspection by accepting all major credit cards, checks, and cash. We aim to make paying us as simple and convenient as possible.

*Please note: An inspection report cannot be provided to you unless you’ve singed our inspection agreement and provided payment in full*

Do I Need To Be At The Inspection?

No. We offer home inspections 7 days a week to meet your demands, timeline, and busy lifestyle. A lot of times clients are unable to make it to an inspection, and that’s ok. With a little bit of prior planning we can make arrangements to get a key from you or attach our own lock box to the residence for the key to be placed inside and then pick up our lock box at a later date after the inspection.

How Long Does A Home Inspection Take?

An Industry rule of thumb is around an hour per 1,000 square foot of a home. However, please remember that Central FL Home Inspections LLC includes additional features in a standard 100-Point Home Inspection that most inspectors don’t including infrared imaging (thermal imagining), irrigation inspection, pool inspection and pest inspection with every home inspection at no additional cost. These inclusive services can add an additional 30 minutes to our standard home inspection time frame. We are also very thorough in our inspections and do a ‘deep-dive’ into systems and components that a lot of inspectors don’t. For all the reasons listed, we ask that you a allot for 3-4 hours to ensure you’re inspection is completed to our standards.

How Long Does A Wind Mitigation Inspection Take?

Wind mitigation inspections typically take about an hour to complete.

How Long Does A Roof Certification Take?

Roof certifications typically take 30-45 minutes to complete.

How Long Does A 4-Point Insurance Inspection Take?

4-Point Insurance Inspections typically take about an hour to complete.

How Long Does A Air Quality Inspection Take?

Air Quality Inspections typically take about an hour and a half to complete.

What’s An Inspection Agreement & How Do I Sign It?

An inspection agreement outlines the scope of inspection,lists the systems/components to be inspected, scope of liability, and gives you the property rights to the inspection report. After scheduling your inspection we’ll either email you the inspection agreement to E-Sign or bring a paper copy to be signed at the time of inspection.

As A Home Owner How Do I Prepare For A Home Inspection?

If you’re selling your house, here are some ways to make your home inspection go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property, and will likely expedite closing. (see below)

1.Make sure the inspector has access not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater, and air-conditioning units.
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc.
3. Check to see that the garage is open and that any water heater, utility panel and shutoffs and resets for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) within are accessible.
4. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
5. Ensure that all utility services are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
6. Be sure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
7. Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a “light did not operate” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
8. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.
10. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens locks, gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

What Areas Of The Home Will Be Inspected?
  • Property Grounds
  • Exterior Walls & Foundation
  • Porches & Patios
  • Decks
  • Lawn Irrigation System
  • Home Interior Surfaces & Components
  • Doors & Windows
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Built-In Appliances
  • Attic & Insulation
  • Roofing System
  • Gutters
  • Electrical System
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC System
  • Garage & Carport
  • Pool, Pool Equipment, & Enclosure
Additional Services Offered At No Additional Costs
  • The peace of mind provided with our “We’ll Buy Your Home Back Guarantee” backed by InterNACHI
  • $10,000 Honor Guarantee” back by InterNACHI
  • Infrared (thermal) imagining
  • Pool inspection
  • Irrigation inspection
  • Pest inspection
  • Permit searches to verify work was done within industry/municipality standards
What’s Not Included In An Inspection
  • Septic and wells. We aren’t able to dig up the underground pipes and therefore cannot attest to their current state or usability.
  • Underground irrigation pipes. We test the irrigation systems utilizing normal controls only and cannot attest to the state of underground pipes.
  • Determination of life span and projected future use conditions of systems and components. As Home Inspectors we can only report the conditions of accessible components and systems in their current state on the day of the inspection.
  • Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspections. We are trained and certified by our governing body, InterNACHI in WDO inspections, but we are not licensed by the state of Florida. While we can point out damage likely cause by WDO’s and refer you to a great WDO inspection provider, home inspectors in the state of Florida cannot conduct WDO inspections unless they are licensed as a Florida Certified Operator in the category of “Termite and Other Wood Destroying Organisms”, have  the necessary years of experience under a certified operator to qualify for licensing, state mandated and regulated insurances, and state licensing per Florida statutes. If you’re in need of a WDO inspection along with a home inspection we’d be glad to coordinate with the WDO inspector to save you the hassle and time.

The Follow Life Expectancy Chart Is Provided by the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors

 
These life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather (or other) conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse.  Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees or warranties. 
 

***********************************************************************

 
 Surface preparation and paint quality are the most important determinants of a paint’s life expectancy. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can shorten life expectancy, especially in coastal regions that experience a lot of sunshine and heat, as well as wind-driven rain.  Additionally, conditions of high humidity indoors or outdoors can affect the lifespan of these components, which is why they should be maintained seasonally.
ADHESIVES, CAULK & PAINTS
YEARS
Caulking (interior)
5 to 8
Caulking (exterior)
1 to 3
Construction Glue
10+
Paint (exterior)
5
Paint (interior)
8 to 12
Roofing Adhesives/Cements
8+
Sealants
5
Stains
2 to 6
Appliance life expectancy depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Furthermore, consumers often replace appliances long before they become worn out due to changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences.
APPLIANCES
YEARS
Air Conditioner (portable/window)
5 to 7
Compactors (trash)
6
Dehumidifier
8
Dishwasher
9
Disposal (food waste)
12
Dryer Vent (plastic)
5
Dryer Vent (steel)
20
Dryer (clothes)
13
Exhaust Fans
10
Freezer
10 to 20
Gas Oven
10 to 18
Hand Dryer
10 to 12
Humidifier (portable)
8
Microwave Oven
9
Range/Oven Hood
14
Electric Range
13 to 15
Gas Range
15 to 17
Refrigerator
9 to 13
Swamp Cooler
5 to 15
Washing Machine
5 to 15
Whole-House Vacuum System
20
Modern kitchens are larger and more elaborate, and together with the family room, modern kitchens now form the “great room.”
CABINETRY & STORAGE
YEARS
Bathroom Cabinets
50+
Closet Shelves 100+
Entertainment Center/Home Office 10
Garage/Laundry Cabinets 70+
Kitchen Cabinets 50
Medicine Cabinet 25+
Modular (stock manufacturing-type)
50
Walls and ceilings last the full lifespan of the home.
CEILINGS & WALLS
YEARS
Acoustical Tile Ceiling
40+ (older than 25 years may contain asbestos)
Ceramic Tile
70+
Concrete
75+
Gypsum
75
Wood Paneling
20 to 50
Suspended Ceiling
25+
Natural stone countertops, which are less expensive than they were just a few years ago, are becoming more popular, and one can expect them to last a lifetime. Cultured marble countertops have a shorter life expectancy, however.
COUNTERTOPS
YEARS
Concrete
50
Cultured Marble
20
Natural Stone
100+
Laminate
20 to 30
Resin
10+
Tile
100+
Wood
100+

Get Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Like: What’s Included? How Long Does It take? Do I Have To Be There?

How Can I Pay For My Inspection?

We offer many convenient ways to pay for your inspection by accepting all major credit cards, checks, and cash. We aim to make paying us as simple and convenient as possible.

*Please note: An inspection report cannot be provided to you unless you’ve singed our inspection agreement and provided payment in full*

Do I Need To Be At The Inspection?

No. We offer home inspections 7 days a week to meet your demands, timeline, and busy lifestyle. A lot of times clients are unable to make it to an inspection, and that’s ok. With a little bit of prior planning we can make arrangements to get a key from you or attach our own lock box to the residence for the key to be placed inside and then pick up our lock box at a later date after the inspection.

How Long Does A Home Inspection Take?

An Industry rule of thumb is around an hour per 1,000 square foot of a home. However, please remember that Central FL Home Inspections LLC includes additional features in a standard 100-Point Home Inspection that most inspectors don’t including infrared imaging (thermal imagining), irrigation inspection, pool inspection and pest inspection with every home inspection at no additional cost. These inclusive services can add an additional 30 minutes to our standard home inspection time frame. We are also very thorough in our inspections and do a ‘deep-dive’ into systems and components that a lot of inspectors don’t. For all the reasons listed, we ask that you a allot for 3-4 hours to ensure you’re inspection is completed to our standards.

How Long Does A Wind Mitigation Inspection Take?

Wind mitigation inspections typically take about an hour to complete.

How Long Does A Roof Certification Take?

Roof certifications typically take 30-45 minutes to complete.

How Long Does A 4-Point Insurance Inspection Take?

4-Point Insurance Inspections typically take about an hour to complete.

How Long Does A Air Quality Inspection Take?

Air Quality Inspections typically take about an hour and a half to complete.

What’s An Inspection Agreement & How Do I Sign It?

An inspection agreement outlines the scope of inspection,lists the systems/components to be inspected, scope of liability, and gives you the property rights to the inspection report. After scheduling your inspection we’ll either email you the inspection agreement to E-Sign or bring a paper copy to be signed at the time of inspection.

As A Home Owner How Do I Prepare For A Home Inspection?

If you’re selling your house, here are some ways to make your home inspection go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property, and will likely expedite closing. (see below)

1.Make sure the inspector has access not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater, and air-conditioning units.
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc.
3. Check to see that the garage is open and that any water heater, utility panel and shutoffs and resets for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) within are accessible.
4. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
5. Ensure that all utility services are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
6. Be sure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
7. Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a “light did not operate” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
8. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.
10. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens locks, gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

What Areas Of The Home Will Be Inspected?
  • Site Grounds & Grading
  • Foundation
  • Exterior & Structure
  • Porches, Decks, Patios
  • Irrigation System
  • Floors, Walls, Ceilings
  • Stairs
  • Doors & Windows
  • Interior Surfaces & Components
  • Kitchen & Bathrooms
  • Appliances
  • Attic & Attic Access
  • Insulation
  • Soffit & Fascia
  • Gutters & Downspouts
  • Roof System
  • Electrical Systems & Components
  • Plumbing Systems & Components
  • Heating & Cooling System (HVAC) Systems & Components
  • Garage/Carport
  • Small Sheds/Out Buildings Up To 500 SQ FT*Roof Inspections are normally conducted via drone or by way of a camera pole paired with a quality digital camera*
Additional Services Offered At No Additional Costs
  • The peace of mind provided with our “We’ll Buy Your Home Back Guarantee” backed by InterNACHI
  • $10,000 Honor Guarantee” back by InterNACHI
  • Infrared (thermal) imagining
  • Pool inspection
  • Irrigation inspection
  • Pest inspection
  • Permit searches to verify work was done within industry/municipality standards
What’s Not Included In An Inspection
  • Septic and wells. We aren’t able to dig up the underground pipes and therefore cannot attest to their current state or usability.
  • Underground irrigation pipes. We test the irrigation systems utilizing normal controls only and cannot attest to the state of underground pipes.
  • Determination of life span and projected future use conditions of systems and components. As Home Inspectors we can only report the conditions of accessible components and systems in their current state on the day of the inspection.
  • Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspections. We are trained and certified by our governing body, InterNACHI in WDO inspections, but we are not licensed by the state of Florida. While we can point out damage likely cause by WDO’s and refer you to a great WDO inspection provider, home inspectors in the state of Florida cannot conduct WDO inspections unless they are licensed as a Florida Certified Operator in the category of “Termite and Other Wood Destroying Organisms”, have  the necessary years of experience under a certified operator to qualify for licensing, state mandated and regulated insurances, and state licensing per Florida statutes. If you’re in need of a WDO inspection along with a home inspection we’d be glad to coordinate with the WDO inspector to save you the hassle and time.

The Follow Life Expectancy Chart Is Provided by the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors

 
These life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather (or other) conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse.  Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees or warranties. 
 

***********************************************************************

 
 Surface preparation and paint quality are the most important determinants of a paint’s life expectancy. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can shorten life expectancy, especially in coastal regions that experience a lot of sunshine and heat, as well as wind-driven rain.  Additionally, conditions of high humidity indoors or outdoors can affect the lifespan of these components, which is why they should be maintained seasonally.
ADHESIVES, CAULK & PAINTS
YEARS
Caulking (interior)
5 to 8
Caulking (exterior)
1 to 3
Construction Glue
10+
Paint (exterior)
5
Paint (interior)
8 to 12
Roofing Adhesives/Cements
8+
Sealants
5
Stains
2 to 6
Appliance life expectancy depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Furthermore, consumers often replace appliances long before they become worn out due to changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences.
APPLIANCES
YEARS
Air Conditioner (portable/window)
5 to 7
Compactors (trash)
6
Dehumidifier
8
Dishwasher
9
Disposal (food waste)
12
Dryer Vent (plastic)
5
Dryer Vent (steel)
20
Dryer (clothes)
13
Exhaust Fans
10
Freezer
10 to 20
Gas Oven
10 to 18
Hand Dryer
10 to 12
Humidifier (portable)
8
Microwave Oven
9
Range/Oven Hood
14
Electric Range
13 to 15
Gas Range
15 to 17
Refrigerator
9 to 13
Swamp Cooler
5 to 15
Washing Machine
5 to 15
Whole-House Vacuum System
20
Modern kitchens are larger and more elaborate, and together with the family room, modern kitchens now form the “great room.”
CABINETRY & STORAGE
YEARS
Bathroom Cabinets
50+
Closet Shelves 100+
Entertainment Center/Home Office 10
Garage/Laundry Cabinets 70+
Kitchen Cabinets 50
Medicine Cabinet 25+
Modular (stock manufacturing-type)
50
Walls and ceilings last the full lifespan of the home.
CEILINGS & WALLS
YEARS
Acoustical Tile Ceiling
40+ (older than 25 years may contain asbestos)
Ceramic Tile
70+
Concrete
75+
Gypsum
75
Wood Paneling
20 to 50
Suspended Ceiling
25+
Natural stone countertops, which are less expensive than they were just a few years ago, are becoming more popular, and one can expect them to last a lifetime. Cultured marble countertops have a shorter life expectancy, however.
COUNTERTOPS
YEARS
Concrete
50
Cultured Marble
20
Natural Stone
100+
Laminate
20 to 30
Resin
10+
Tile
100+
Wood
100+
Travis Byrd

Travis Byrd

  • InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
  • Florida Home Inspector License #HI11960
  • B.A. Thomas Edison State University
InterNACHI Certified Orlando FL

Call Today to Find Out More or Schedule An Inspection.

Call Today to Find Out More or Schedule An Inspection.

(352) 877-0268