A Penny Wise, A Pound Foolish

My name is Sara Lanza. I am the Office Manager at Florida Property Detectives. As such, I spend most of my waking hours by the phone. If you call the office to schedule a home inspection or if you have any questions whatsoever, you are most likely going to be speaking with me. As a

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Free 90-Day Home Warranty From F.P.D. Home Inspections

I’ve never met a home inspector who didn’t want to be perfect; to never make a mistake or to overlook anything. That’s my goal as well. In my dreams I see every deficiency; nothing escapes detection. Of course it’s an unrealistic goal, everyone makes mistakes occasionally and sometimes things get overlooked. What’s worse than the

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Will Your Dishwasher Start A Fire In Your Home?

Do you have a deadly dishwasher in your home? Do you know if it’s included in the over half-a-million dishwashers that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada over the last two years because they’re a fire hazard? You’re not alone; most people don’t register their appliances and so haven’t been notified. The new service

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Free Pre-Listing Home Inspections

It might not surprise you to hear that I have many friends in real estate; it’s the crowd that I travel with these days. Whether personally or professionally I meet new agents every week. Most are working extremely hard for their clients whether they’re listing a house for sale or trying to find their buyer’s

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Home Maintenance and Inspection Plan for Homeowners

For most people their home is their most valuable asset. It’s also where families are raised and memories made. Most cars, on the other hand, are terrible investments. They’re an expensive item that begins to depreciate the moment we purchase them. Yet most cars are taken to the shop every five thousand miles to get

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Should Foggy Windows be Repaired or Replaced?

Insulated Glazing Units, or IGUs were first patented in the United States by Thomas Stetson in 1865. But the use of these windows, which incorporated two panes of glass with a sealed space between them, did not become widespread until the 1940s when Thermopane windows became standard. Prior to this time people in colder climates

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Historic Home Inspection, Charms and Headaches

Immediately prior to moving to St. Augustine and opening our home inspection business, I worked for the Department of Defense for six years at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Norway is a wonderful country full of beautiful scenery, nature and unique history. Walking in the footsteps of Vikings on a cold misty morning by

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GFCI, Insight From A Home Inspector

Our marketing efforts have been very successful. What began as a World Golf Village, King and Bear and Palencia home inspection company has quickly grown to include all of Jacksonville, St Augustine, and even Palm Coast. Whereas our initial focus area included mostly newer homes, many of our inspections now are in more established neighborhoods

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A Typical Week

Last week was a fairly typical week at F.P.D. Home Inspections. We try to limit ourselves to two inspections a day so we ensure that each house and each report gets the time and attention that they require and deserve. We had the usual mix of homes: big and small, new and old. We also

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Yes, You Need A Wind Mitigation Inspection

Wind Mitigation Inspections We’re fortunate, business is good; the phone rings steady with new and returning customers ordering home inspections. Many of these callers are from northern states tired of shoveling snow and intent on moving a little closer to the sun. Most of them have never heard of a wind mitigation inspection but their

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