For over 15 years, Buyer's Ally Home & Building Inspections has set the standard for property inspections.  Since 1993, our owner and president , Steve Acker (H.I. #384 /A.S.H.I.#105519), has performed over 7,000 inspections in the Tampa Bay area.  Our inspectors have collected unparalleled customer satisfaction ratings and earned a reputation for providing top-quality inspections and exceptional service. Buyers Ally strives to provide a excellent customer experience during and after the inspection. 

Quality inspections begin with a quality inspector. Our promise is to provide our clients the highest level in inspection services 24-7. We guarantee all inspections will be done personally by Steve Acker, a Florida state licensed , insured and "ASHI" certified inspector who has extensive industry experience and communication skills.  

Buyers Ally Home & Building Inspections offers a complete menu of inspection services to satisfy any inspection need. We are the "one-stop" solution for all residential purchase and pre-listing inspections. We can also perform any and all inspections needed for homeowner's insurance , schedule a W.D.O.(wood destroying organism) inspection , inspect commercial properties and new construction.   Depending on your specific needs, as an alternative to our standard full inspection and electronically generated  full report, Buyers Ally also offers hourly consulting services.  We make inspection scheduling easy - you can order services with just one phone call or web visit.
 
Whether you are a pre or post contract Buyer , a Seller preparing your home for listing , Realtor, Lender, Insurance Agent or Attorney,  you need look no further for an inspection company with the experience and expertise to do the inspection the right way. You have found an Ally!

Buyers Ally Home & Building Inspections provides comprehensive inspection services, easy-to-read computer generated reports complete with digital photos .  We invite you to meet us and discover why for many years families in Pinellas , Pasco and Hillsborough counties have chosen Steve Acker and Buyer's Ally Home & Building Inspections for their home and insurance inspection needs.  We would love the opportunity to personally meet and work with you!
 

Remember... "Don't list or buy without an Ally!"



 

 







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Have a qualified HVAC contractor – preferably one that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America – come out to give your air-conditioning system a tune-up. To help lower your energy bills, do this every year to ensure the system is running at its manufacturer-rated efficiency. Also make sure to inspect your system’s condensate drain hose, especially if you live in a humid climate. This hose could become clogged with algae and sediment, and your contractor may charge you more to clean it out. Avoid this extra cost by checking the hose periodically yourself. Use a wet-vac to suction any blockage out from it.

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