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Other Services Your Home Inspector Can Perform: An Interview with Brendan Haggerty of South Broward Pillar to Post

By Brendan Haggerty

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Pillar to Post is the largest home inspection franchise company in North America. I am the owner of the South Broward Franchise. We are a one-stop shop for all home inspection needs. We offer full home inspections, 4-point inspection, wind mitigation report, mold assessments and testing, radon testing, water testing, soil testing, and water testing

Other than a standard home inspection, can you list some of the most common services that you're asked to perform in Florida?

They include all of the services we offer: full home inspections, 4-point inspection, wind mitigation report, mold assessments and testing, radon testing, water testing, soil testing, and water testing

Are there any additional qualifications that an inspector needs to have or should have to perform those services?

State licensed home inspectors require 120 hours of education through an approved provider and 14 continuing education credits each two years afterwards. Licensed home inspectors need to be certified to conduct wind mitigation reports. It is also important to be a member of a home inspector organization such as ASHI, FABI or NAHI and move up the ranks of their requirements.

How does a homeowner know if they need another type of inspection on top of a home inspection?

Speak to the office staff. Our office staff are licensed home inspectors. A homeowner should always ask their insurance agent for advice on 4-point reports and wind mitigation reports. Each underwriter has different requirements about both reports and it also depends on the locality of the house. A wind mitigation report is required in Miami Dade and Broward Counties to determine the premiums of house insurance, and the rest of the state it depends on the window protection and age of roof. A 4-point is required for most insurance companies if the house is 30 years or older.

Can you explain what a mold assessment is and when people should have one done? What about a radon measurement?

A mold assessment is when a licensed mold assessor conducts mold sampling in a house to determine if further remediation should be conducted to reduce the mold spores and source. Mold assessments usually consist of air sampling, tape or swab sampling and/or bulk sampling to determine the levels of mold and those samples are verified by a third-party laboratory. Then a mold assessment of the property or location is conducted with a protocol of what and how the remediation should be conducted by a licensed mold remediation company. Radon measurement per the EPA should be conducted yearly. Radon is the second leader of lung cancer and death next to smoking and it kills over 20,000 people per year due to exposure.

Do you have any tips for homeowners who are buying a foreclosure, short sale or any property that was not well maintained?

Buying a foreclosure or short sale, the buyer needs to understand that a home inspection can only see what the buyer can see, however we have trained eyes to interpret certain things and further investigate the areas. It should be realized by the buyer that the reason that the home is being sold as a foreclosure or short sale is because the buyer hasn't paid their mortgage; thus, they haven't invested any money into the house. The house has been lived in and not maintained so beyond what the home inspector finds, there will be hidden defects as well as cosmetic items that need to be repaired that is not covered in the home inspection.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Email sbroward@pillartopost.com or phone 954-749-8615.

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