Licensed, professional home inspectors serving the Bruckner (Bronx) neighborhood, offering a broad range of services for our residential customers.

Home Inspection Services in Bruckner

If you have been around as long as I have, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections in Bruckner. A quality home inspection protects you the prospective home owner against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth her weight in gold should be able to identify the primary components and systems that could be ready to break on you as a new homeowner. A great inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure greatly.

Typically, a home inspection is an evaluation of the accessible and visible components and systems of a house (cooling and heating, plumbing, roofing, electrical, structure, etc. and should give the customer a better understanding of the unit’s overall state. Phone today to schedule an appointment at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Typically, it is a homebuyer who requests a home inspection she or he is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be questioned or confirmed, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair defects that the home seller may not be aware of. A home inspection is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not point out repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, a home inspection makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local building codes or protects a customer in the event something inspected fails in the future.

Sidenote: Warranties can be purchased to cover several items.

Bruckner Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property as a complete evaluation, but rather an evaluation of the property on the day it is inspected, taking into account normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the home can also include for a little extra of course, pool inspections, water testing, Radon gas testing, pest inspections, energy audits, and several other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are also paid for (less often) by a seller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by homeowners simply wanting to prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value high, and care for their homes.

The following are aspects that inspectors pay close attention to during an inspection:

1. Safety hazards, such as exposed wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, lack of safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), etc.

2. Major flaws, such as large cracks in the foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed properly, and others. These items are pricey to fix, which we classify as entire systems needing over two percent of the purchase price to repair.

3. Items that could lead to major flaws – i.e., a support beam that was not tied in to the structure properly, a roof leak that could get bigger, or damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

Your property inspector will counsel you on what to do about these areas of concern. He may recommend a formal evaluation on more matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector will recommend you phone a licensed building engineer if they find areas of the home that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural problem and one that might cost thousands of dollars to fix

Home inspections are merely paid for by a buyer after he or she signs a formal contract, right?

This isn’t true! As you might find whenever you keep reading, a home inspection can be utilized for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current home owner, a proactive technique by home owners to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the condition of the potential home.

Home owners, in particular, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a several advantages for the home owner:

· The home owner may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry after the contract is signed.

· The home owner will soon be alerted to any safety issues found in the house before they open it up for open house tours.

· The home owner may take the report and make it into an advertising piece for the home.

· A home inspection will help the home owner be more objective when it comes to setting a fair price on the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Most homebuyers lack the data, skill, and objectivity needed seriously to inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Using the services of an expert home inspector, they gain a better understanding of the condition of the property; especially whether any items do not “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “work as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” by a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is a generalist and is broadly trained in every home system.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a great idea for you to be present during the inspection – whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance as well as point out maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem since the report you receive will soon be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that is not clear in the report. Also see the inspection agreement carefully so you know what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If you have a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you want the inspector to go back after the inspection to show you things, this is arranged and is advisable, however, you could be charged extra since a second walkthrough not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your home inspection contract

How Long Does the Inspection Take?

This depends upon the condition and size of the entire home. You can usually figure 1.3 hours for every 1,000 sq.ft. For instance, a twenty five hundred sq. ft. house would take around 3 hours. If the inspector also produces the report at your home, that will take an extra 30-50 minutes. These figures are not set in stone because you really want him or her to do a thorough job without being rushed.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are individual units within a single building, homeowners pay assessments to a also is responsible for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the unit including plumbing, electrical, porches, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you know well, HOAs are a fickled bunch to be brutally honest. And they’re all very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about it and we’ll be honest with you. If we can inspect your condo, we’ll do it; if we can’t, we’ll also let you know. We believe honesty is always the best policy and we live by it.

Bruckner Inspections Include

The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these items may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will be following a standard check list for the home:
· Drainage and grading
· Driveway
· Handrails, entry stairs
· Decks
· Bricks, masonry
· Landscape
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Soffits, eaves, and fascias
· Doors, walls, patios, walkways, windows
· Garage doors, walls, and floors
· Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
· Walls, floors, ceilings
· Windows
· Interior doors and hardware
· Electrical system and panels
· GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
· Fire detectors
· Insulation and ventilation systems
· Heating controls and equipment
· Ducts and distribution systems
· Fire places
· Heating and air conditioning
· Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.

Some tests which are not a part of the standard inspection may incur an extra charge.

· Mold Screening
· Radon gas test
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Septic systems
· Gas Line Leak Test
· Water quality test
· Termites
· Sprinkler System Test

Why Should I Obtain a Home Inspection?

Your brand-new home has a large number of systems and more than 9800 moving pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When these systems and appliances work together, all is right with the world. Weak links in the system, however, can produce assorted problems leading to a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you buy a used car with out a reputable mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your house is far more complicated, and to have a thorough inspection that is documented in a report arms you with substantial information which to create informed decisions.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Usually Run?

That is the first question asked but the clear answer tells minimal about the quality of the inspection. Fees are based based on size, age and some other aspects of the home. Inspection fees from a professional professional home inspector generally start over $350. An average fee for a twenty one hundred sq. ft. unit around the country is about $325-$500 for just the initial inspection. In New York, it will probably run you an extra 30-35%. But consider what you’re getting for that premium. Who can put a price tag on peace of mind?

What is NOT Included in a Bruckner Property Inspection

Most people assume that all things are inspected comprehensive on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer being upset utilizing their inspector. The inspections we all do are certainly not exhaustive and there’s a justified reason for this.

When you hire separate licensed experts in air conditioning, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to inspect the home, it will take about 13 hours and cost you about two grand! It is much more practical (and affordable) to use a specialist inspector who’s a general comprehension of home systems, knows things to look for, and can recommend further inspection by a specialist if needed. Your inspector can also be following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written to protect both your home and the inspector.

Here are some examples, we are told to not turn systems on if these were off during the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t allowed to move furniture (might harm something); prohibited to turn on water whether it’s off (possible flooding), and prohibited to kick via a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side of your practice is that often by not operating a control, by not seeing within the furniture, and not receiving in to the attic or crawlspace, we might miss identifying a problem. However, used in perspective, the probability of missing something serious because of this is fairly low. There are other products which about 94% of inspectors consider outside a regular inspection, including inspecting most things that aren’t bolted down (installed inside the home) for example electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable ac units, or specialized systems for example water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

Life in Bruckner

Morrisania, West Farms and Kingsbridge, located west of the Bronx, were annexed to the city in 1874. The Belmont Stakes moved east across the Bronx River to West 57th Street in 1890, where they stayed until they moved back to Belmonte Park in Nassau County in 1905. 

Most of the eastern half of the modern Bronx was bought in 1654 by Thomas Pell of Connecticut, who invited 16 families to found what is now Westchester Square. The Pelham estate, which belonged to the Pell family, and the Morris family’s in Morrisania were in the south-west. In the westernmost part, John Archer settled in a manori in Fordham around 1671. In the mid-18th century, all of New York City, except the Bronx and parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, was in Westchester County, with the exception of Pell’s family, which owned the Menor in Pelham. 

As commuting by car became more convenient, high-rise buildings were erected in the southern and eastern neighborhoods, including Westchester Square, the Bronx Riverfront and other parts of the city. As more Bronx residents were allowed to own their homes, single-family and terraced houses were built, hundreds of residential buildings were restored, and some apartments were converted into cooperative housing units.

Soon after, Bronx residents applied for county status, and Governor Andrew Cuomo chose Bronx County, a district of just over 1.5 million people. The road from the Bronx to the courts in southern Manhattan was a long and arduous one for the Bronx residents, many of whom soon petitioned the county for deportation. 

The condos were built in the South Bronx, which was already known nationally as a symbol of urban misery at the time. The chance to make a profit coincided with the development of the Bronx and surrounding areas, such as Woodlawn Cemetery, the largest cemetery in New York City. His proposed development included the construction of a $1.5 billion apartment building on the grounds of WoodLawn Cemetery, where wealthy Manhattan residents had been buried since 1863, and the burial of hundreds of thousands of people. 

In 1868, Mott Haven was named Morrisania, whose streets met city guidelines and the following year were handed over to the New York City Parks Department as a road leading to a bridge over the Harlem River. He secured public funds to repair the road and to build a new park, the Brucknerpark, on the grounds of the forest cemetery. In the 1950s, he took control of a highway bridge that connected the Bronx with the rest of our city. The completed $149 million “Bruckner Crossing” was replaced in 1972 by a four-lane highway with new traffic lights and bridges for $2.5 billion.

Unfortunately, the Ave Bruckner Blvd neighborhood has the dubious advantage of having the longest average drive time in most neighborhoods in America. Despite the long distances, it has a reputation for self-behaviour, especially when it comes to the lack of public transport. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 54.1% of people in the Ave Bruckner Blvd neighborhood travel to work by train, the second highest rate in New York City. The Point and Avenue Bruckner Boulevard are occupied by tenants who are either tenants of residential developments or high-rise apartments. These are classified as either low-income, mediocre, or upper middle class, and are more than twice as likely to be found in American neighborhoods as the 95.3%. 

The Bruckner Property Inspection Experts

If you’re looking for a affordable, reliable, and professional town home, condo, or home inspection in Bruckner, look no further. We understand you have choices and we would be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your home and property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. Call or email one of our staff members today (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

Customer Reviews

Whew, what can I say? Great work in the inspection. Pardon my not so good English. Your company did an outstanding work. I bought a different house because of much repairs. Thanks.
Matias B., Bruckner
Foundation repair tech
Stellar job. Thorough. Report was spot on. Saved me about $4600 before closing. Thanks for the work. Oh, and thanks for the advice about tuning up my AC every year.
Samantha R, Bruckner

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