I have an electrical issue question about an 4 Pt. inspection I preformed on a home built in 1959. I had marked ‘no’ on the AFCI question and now Citizen’s wants to cancel the home owner’s policy because of it. They told the agent that the policy would be cancelled since there are no AFCIs in the home.
Now since the AFCI is only required on homes built after 2002, I figured that it wouldn’t be an issue. But now I am wondering if anyone else has had the same experience with Citizens asking that electrical upgrades be made on older homes.
Hi Miguel - out of the 1000’s of four points we have done (on the Nachi form) I can tell you that we have never had a policy cancelled because there were no AFCI’s. (GFCI’s Yes but not AFCI’s). Perhaps it is an excuse they are using to cancel the policy? Or perhaps the agent needs to talk to a Sr. Underwriter and push the issue?
Yes they can and they do. But this should not be allowed, legislatures should demand that they accept the risk inherent to their proffession and service customers equally. Charge an incrementally higher rate OK, cancel…NO.
For $95 you are going to look up on the roof, go in the attic, crawl under the crawl space, and then battle the insurance company for your client? It’s no wonder that there is no money in these inspections any more.
LoL $95? In a market underwater with clueless newbies and bumbling CG’s, hell I expect the price to fall to $25 before the end of the year. I heard yesterday that some construction school hand delivered to the DBPR over 600 applications on February 28th. I’ll bet not one of these newly licensed idiots ever performed even one inspection ever… Your professional license is a joke.
Couldn’t agree more. The reality of the matter is under the new NEC only homes permitted after October 2009 (NEC 2008 adoption date for Fl.) will have all of the required AFCI protection. I’m screwed my home was built in 2005. LOL
If you are using the NACHI form, I mark “N/A”. By marking “No” it is implying that it was supposed to be there and wasn’t.
In the future, have your Client ask their insurance company what form they accept. If it is just a one page form like Mr. Meeker uses, then the question isn’t even asked. If they want the NACHI form, N/A for G.F.I., ArcFault, and anything else that wasn’t applicable at the time the home was built.
If it has been changed to G.F.I., then mark yes.
As I tell my clients, find out what questions your insurance company wants answered, then answer those questions…and only those questions!
For the record I have used my form for citizens a ton of times. I believe if you just put your electrical certificate on it then you can turn in a normal 4 point and not a mini home inspection.
I urge everyone to try. do the rest of the crap if you want just in case they say you need it but do what you can to keep it very short and simple. Using the Nachi form is steering it in the wrong way for all of our best interests.
I suggest they make a NORMAL 4 point inspection and if they are worried have the answers to the Nachi one. If anyone gives them a lick of trouble tells us all then submit the one that they request.
My making it the norm to hand in the Nachi form some insurance underwriters may feel that is necessary when most of the stuff is not necessary and only gives them more crap to read before finding the answers they need.