What Is A Home Inspection?

The goal of a home inspection is to give the client a much better understanding of the physical condition of the structure than would be otherwise known. To achieve this, an inspector conducts a visual inspection of the home and its systems. We help you protect your investment through early detection and preventive maintenance.

Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?

A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to:

* Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems
* Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced
* Estimate the remaining useful life of the major components, equipment, structure and finishes
* Eliminate costly surprises

Before you put your house on the market, you may want to seriously consider the benefits of having it inspected. Without a doubt, this is the nest time for a home inspection for all involved. All too often, a home inspection is performed as a final contingency of a sale with little time to absorb its impact. Any reported deficiencies at this time of high emotional stress can easily be blown out of proportion causing an over reaction and possibly death of the deal. People are far more receptive to such deficiencies when they are disclosed to them up front, perhaps while they are viewing the home for the first time. The additional benefits to a seller are fewer renegotiations, less surprises, a better selling price, less likely litigation for improper disclosure and an increased chance that a deal will close. Having a pre-sale inspection given to a buyer does not remove the buyer’s responsibility to perform their own due diligence and have their own inspection of the property.

What Does A Home Inspection Include?

A standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

How Long Does an Inspection Take?

The average inspection takes 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the home. The inspection follows the New York State standards and the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Does The Buyer or Seller Need To Be There During The Inspection?

No, they aren’t required to be there for the inspection but it is highly recommend that the buyer be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector, one can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. One will be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

Does A Newly Constructed Home Need An Inspection?

Absolutely! A professional inspection of a new home is important. One can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, inspectors may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done quality work.

Why Can’t The Buyer or Seller Do The Inspection Themselves?

Chances are that even if they are very familiar with home construction, they still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. Inspectors are not only familiar with all the systems of a home and how they work and need to be maintained, but also know what warning signs to look for that tell that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are personally involved in buying or selling a house, it is impossible to remain completely unemotional about the house and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.

What If The Inspection Uncovers Problems?

A report will tell you the condition of the house. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to the buyer to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect a decision to purchase. In the end, the decision rests with the buyer but knowing about potential problems gives them the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of Uranium in soil, rocks and water. It occurs naturally in the earth, but can become a problem when it builds up indoors.

Radon testing is strongly recommended, for all homes, by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General. Radon gas is a class ’A’ carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon does not discriminate between houses or geographical areas.

When Will My Finished Report Be Available?

Your completed computerized report with color printed photos will be available on site at the completion of the inspection.
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