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Our commitment is to caring.

Please be assured that Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is always committed to the health and well-being of our clients and homeowners, as well as our inspectors. This is especially true during this time of Covid-19. We remain committed to providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the strict safety and cleanliness guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments.

  • Inspectors are prepared with PPE to keep everyone safe
  • Home Inspection Reports can be presented virtually or printed on-site
  • Your clients can choose not to attend or only attend the last hour of the home inspection
  • Online and/or contactless payment options available upon request 

While our processes may have changed, our commitment to ensuring confident home ownership has not. Our job is not complete until you no longer have questions concerning the home you have asked Pillar To Post to inspect. 

Are You Protected When You Refer a Home Inspector?

When you refer your clients to Pillar To Post, you are. Unlike some other home inspection companies and many independent home inspectors, all Pillar To Post Home Inspectors must carry E&O insurance.

DON’T TAKE AN UNNECESSARY RISK

If a home inspector you refer does not carry E&O insurance, you could be at risk for legal claims. If the client is not happy with the inspection and proceeds against the inspector, they may include you in the action for wrongful referral. To us, that is an unacceptable and avoidable occurrence. You can always refer Pillar To Post with confidence that you will be protected from such legal claims.

THE PILLAR TO POST DIFFERENCE

  • The Pillar To Post Inspection Report is generated at the completion of the inspection, and we can review it with your client on-site or virtually.
  • Our inspection reports are also available online for easy access anytime.
  • We offer a choice of three exclusive Home Inspection Packages.
  • Scheduling is easy and convenient. Just click, call or use our EZ Book Realtor app!

The Inspection-ready Home

An inspection-ready home presents itself best for evaluation and helps the entire process go more smoothly. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors recommends sellers take these steps prior to the home inspection:

ACCESS

  • Provide keys to any locked areas.
  • Allow access to the attic, basement or crawlspace, garage and yard.
  • Make sure our inspector will be able to readily access:
    • The electrical panel
    • Main water shutoff
    • Water heater
    • Furnace
    • Central AC unit
    • Gas meter

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Sellers should plan to be away from the home for the duration of the inspection, which is typically 2-1/2 to 3 hours. It may take longer if the home is very old or very large.
  • Store small valuables and medications out of sight and in a safe location or consider taking these items with them when they leave.
  • Remove pets or keep them safely crated.
  • Provide copies of records/warranties for any major improvements – furnace, roof, etc. to show when the work was completed.

Renting a Home? Consider a Home Inspection for Your Investment Property

A lot of work goes into renting a home, from the rental price to the term specifics like whether you’ll allow pets, who is responsible for lawn care, and rules for your prospective tenant. Whether you plan on renting with the help of a management company or alone, one more thing should be on your list: a home inspection before your first tenant moves in. A home inspection before you begin offering the rental provides several benefits to both you and the tenants.

You Can Fix Things Now
It’s easier to take care of issues when a home is vacant rather than occupied by a tenant. If a home inspector finds a small issue, your tenant won’t be inconvenienced by the repair when it becomes evident to them. If the inspector finds something bigger, you can take care of it before listing the property and your tenant will never know there was ever an issue.

Plan for the Future
Because home inspectors are paid to find problems in a home, they will let you know of anything they discover. It may be that your air conditioner isn’t cooling to the proper temperature which may prompt you to have it repaired. The HVAC company may let you know that, due to the age of the unit, you should plan on replacing it in the next few years. With this information, you can budget ahead of time for the major investment of a new HVAC system rather than feel stuck when the tenant calls in the middle of the summer and you’re desperate for a fix. This is also true for many of your major appliances and your roofing.

Dispute Resolution
If your tenant does not adequately care for your property and you end up in court over home damages, the home inspection report can serve as a written document from a third party showing the state of the home prior to the tenants moving in. Home inspectors look for things that are wrong and would have noted big and small issues. If you fixed these issues prior to a tenant’s move-in date and have the invoice from the repair company, you may avoid any disputes from a tenant regarding items in disrepair.

A home inspection prior to becoming a landlord is an investment in the safety of your property. If you’re looking for home inspectors locally in Palm Harbor, Clearwater, or anywhere in Pinellas County, call Pillar To Post. We provide home inspections for buyers, seller and landlords. Call us today at (727) 934-8339 to schedule your inspection.