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

Home Inspection Services in Castle Hill

If you have been around for a while, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections. A detailed home inspection protects you the prospective homeowner against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his weight in gold should be able to identify the major systems that could be ready to break on you as a new buyer. A decent inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure considerably.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection in Castle Hill is a formal professional evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components of a house (cooling and heating, plumbing, roofing, electrical, structure, etc. and is intended to give the customer a clearer understanding of the house’s general state. Phone today to schedule an inspection at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Most often, it is a homebuyer who requests a home inspection he or she is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data points so that decisions about the purchase can be questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive and serious defects that the homeseller may not be aware of. It is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not address any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, a home inspection makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a customer in the event an item inspected fails in the future.

Note: You can buy warranties to cover a multitude of items in the home.

Castle Hill Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider a home inspection as a complete evaluation, but rather property evaluation at this point in time, considering normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the home can also include pool inspections, water testing, Radon gas testing, pest inspections, energy audits, and many other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are paid for (less often) by a home seller before putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by owners simply wishing 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 bare electrical wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, no safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), etc.

2. Major defects, such as large differential cracks in the home’s foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, etc. These items are expensive to fix, which we classify as systems needing over two percent of the purchase price to fix.

3. Items that could lead to serious defects – a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, or a beam that was not tied to the structure properly.

Your property inspector should be able to counsel you about what to do about these issues. He may recommend an evaluation on matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the problem areas. For instance, your inspector may advise you call a licensed building engineer if he/she finds areas of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a major structural problem and one that might cost thousands to fix

Home Inspections are paid for by a buyer once they sign an agreement, right?

This is patently false! As you will discover once you keep reading, a home inspection can be utilized for interim inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool by way of a current home owner, a proactive technique by sellers to produce their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the condition of the potential home.

Homeowners, specifically, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a few of the advantages for the home owner:

· The home owner knows the home! The home inspector will have the ability to obtain answers to his/her questions on the annals of any problems they find.

· A home inspection may help the home owner be much more objective as it pertains to setting a good price on the home.

· The home owner usually takes the report and make it into a marketing piece for the home.

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

· The home owner can make repairs leisurely instead of being in a rush following the contract is signed.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

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

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s wise for you to personally be present through 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 explain maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it is no problem because the report you get will be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that’s unclear in the report. Also see the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If you have a trouble 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 return following the inspection showing you things, this is arranged and is recommended, 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 agreement

However, it’s very important for you to let the inspector do the work you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interference and interruptions (some might even call it nagging) make the inspection painfully slow. Write down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a detailed report.

How Long Does the Inspection Take?

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

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condominiums are units within a single building, homeowners pay a monthly assessment fee to a Home Owners Association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the actual home owners association is also on the hook for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condominium including walls, electrical, appliances, plumbing, balconies, and porches. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you know well, Home Owners Associations are a fickle bunch to be brutally honest. And they’re all so very different, even within a city. Ask us about our policy and we’ll be honest with you. If we can inspect your unit, 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.

Castle Hill Inspections Include

The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these items may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will follow a standard checklist for the property:

· Heating controls and equipment
· Ducts and distribution systems
· Fire places
· Heating and air conditioning
· Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.
· Ceilings, walls, floors
· Windows and window gaskets
· Windows, doors, patios, walkways, walls
· Garage walls, doors, and doors
· Plumbing systems and fixtures
· Electrical panels, electrical system
· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
· Smoke detectors
· Interior doors and hardware
· Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
· Ventilation systems and Insulation
· Grading and site drainage
· Driveway
· Handrails, entry stairs
· Decks
· Masonry
· Landscaping
· Retaining walls
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Soffits, eaves, and fascias

Other tests that are not part of the normal inspection often incur an extra fee.

· Alarm System
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Termite Inspection
· Sprinkler System Test
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Septic systems

Why Should I Obtain a Home Inspection?

Your new home has lots of systems and about 9900 moving pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they work together, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the device, however, can produce a myriad of problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with out a reputable and qualified mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your home is far more complex, and to have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a report arms you with substantial information on which to create informed decisions.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Usually Run?

This really is the first question asked but the answer tells the least about the quality of the inspection. Fees are based in accordance with size, age and some other areas of the home. Inspection fees from a certified professional home inspector generally start just under $350. A typical fee for a nineteen hundred sq.ft. home around the country is about $320-$440 for just the initial inspection. In New York City, it will probably be an extra 20-30% or more. 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 Castle Hillt Property Inspection

Many people assume that all things are inspected complete on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to be upset using their inspector. The inspections we all do will not be exhaustive and there is a valid reason for this.

If you hired separate licensed experts in hvac, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to examine your house, it will take about 15 hours and cost you around $2000! It is a bit more practical (and affordable) to engage a specialist inspector who’s got a general comprehension of home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by an experienced professional if needed. Your inspector is usually following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are written to safeguard both the house and also the inspector.

For instance, we’re told to not turn systems on if they were off during the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not ready to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and against the rules to destroy through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). Obviously of this practice is the fact by not operating a control, by not seeing within the furniture, and to not get into the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed in perspective, the probability of missing something serious due to this is reasonably low. There are additional products which about 95% of inspectors consider outside a regular inspection, and these include inspecting most things aren’t bolted down (installed in the home) including electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems including water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

The Best Castle Hill Property Inspection Experts

If you’re looking for a professional, reliable, and affordable home, condo, or townhome inspection in Castle Hill, look no further. We know 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 a satisfied customer. Call or email one of our staff members today (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

Customer Reviews

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