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Home Inspection Services in East Tremont

If you have been around the block a few times, then you’ll know all about home inspections. A home inspection protects you the buyer against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his/her weight in gold should be able to pinpoint the major components that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new home owner. A competent inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure considerably.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home (cooling and heating, plumbing, roofing, electrical, structure, etc. and is intended to give the customer a clearer understanding of the unit’s overall condition. Call today to book an appointment at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

More often than not, it is a homebuyer who requests a formal evaluation of the home’s condition they are serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data points so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive-to-repair and serious defects that the seller/owner may not be aware of. It is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not point out 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 something inspected fails.

Note: You can purchase warranties to cover a multitude of items in the house.

East Tremont Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property as an exhaustive evaluation, but rather property evaluation on the day it is inspected, considering 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, Radon gas testing, water testing, energy audits, pest inspections, pool inspections and many other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are also used (less often) by a seller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by home 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 attention to during an inspection:

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

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

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

Your property inspector should advise you about what you should do about these areas of concern. He may recommend a formal evaluation on serious matters – by licensed or certified professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector will advise you phone a licensed building engineer if they find areas of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural deficiency.

Home Inspections are just performed by a buyer when he or she signs an agreement, right?

This isn’t true! As you might find once you continue 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 home owners to create their house more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the situation of the potential home.

Sellers, in particular, can benefit from getting a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a some of the advantages for the homeowner:

· The homeowner can make repairs leisurely instead of being in a rush after the contract is signed.

· The homeowner is going to be alerted to any safety issues found in your home before they open it down for open house tours.

· The homeowner usually takes the report and allow it to be into a marketing piece for the home.

· A home inspection can help the homeowner be much 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 knowledge, skill, and objectivity had a need to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. By using the services of an expert home inspector, they gain a better comprehension of the situation 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. Remember 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 a good idea for you to be present throughout the inspection – whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can point out any defects and explain their importance as well as explain maintenance features that’ll be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem considering that the report you obtain is going to be very detailed. If you are not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that’s not yet determined in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If there is a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to return after the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is advisable, however, the inspector could charge you extra since a second walk through not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your initial agreement

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

How Long Does the Inspection Take?

This depends on the condition and size of the home. You can usually figure a little more than an hour for every thousand sq. ft. For instance, a 2,600 square foot house would take around 3 hours. If the inspector also prepares the report while in your home, factor in an extra hour. These figures are not set in stone because you really want him or her to do a comprehensive job without being rushed.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are individual units within a condo building, homeowners pay assessments to a Home Owners Association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the building Home Owners Association is also on the hook for maintaining the HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own boiler that acts as the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condo including walls, electrical, appliances, plumbing, balconies, and porches. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still critical. As you know well, HOAs are a fickle group. And they’re all so 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.

An East Tremont Inspection Includes

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

* Electrical system and panels
* GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
* Fire detectors
* Ducts and distribution systems
* Fire places
* Driveway
* Heat controls and pumps
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (washer and dryer) if being sold with the house
* Heating equipment and controls
* Drainage and grading
* Soffits, eaves, and fascias
* Windows, doors, patios, walkways, walls
* Ventilation systems and Insulation
* Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets
* Roofing system
* Heating and air conditioning
* Interior doors and hardware
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Bricks, masonry
* Windows and window gaskets
* Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation
* Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors

Other items aren’t a part of the common inspection could be added on an additional charge:

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

Why Should I Obtain a Home Inspection?

Your brand-new home has lots of systems and approx. 9800 moving parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When appliances and systems interact, all is well with the world. Weak links in the system, however, can produce a myriad of problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with no reputable mechanic taking a look at it? Your property is far more complex, and to truly have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a report arms you with substantial information to create informed decisions.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Usually Cost?

This really is usually the first question asked but the clear answer tells the least 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 just over $350. The average fee for a 1900 sq. ft. unit around the country is approximately $300-$500 for just the inspection. In New York City, it’ll probably run you an extra 35% or more. But think about what you’re getting for that premium. Who can put a price on peace of mind?

What is NOT Included in an East Tremont Property Inspection

Most of the people imagine that everything is inspected detailed on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to get upset because of their inspector. The inspections we do will not be exhaustive and there’s a good reason for this.

Should you hire separate licensed experts in cooling and heating, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to examine the house, it’d take about fifteen hours and cost you around two grand! It is a lot more practical (and affordable) to engage an established inspector who’s a general understanding of home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by a specialist if needed. Your inspector is usually following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are written in order to protect both the house and also the inspector.

For example, we’re instructed to not turn systems on if these were off during the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t in a position to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water should it be off (possible flooding), and against the rules to get rid of by way of a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside of your practice is the fact by not operating a control, by not seeing under the furniture, and to not get into your attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put into perspective, the chances of missing something serious for that reason is rather low. There are other things that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside a typical inspection, for example inspecting most things who are not bolted down (installed while in the home) like electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems like water purifiers, security alarms, etc.

Life in East Tremont

When old New York Central extended into the Bronx in the 19th century, Park Avenue was designed as an important thoroughfare. This part of the Bronx has long been a great place to live in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in New York City. Park Avenue is the chic penthouse apartment complex with the best views of Manhattan and the Manhattan skyline, but it’s not the only one doing this. 

In the 1900s or so, parts east of Boston Road were part of Westchester County, New York State, hence the name East Tremont replacing the other sections. The East Tremont section left its place in the Bronx and left its original name. 

In the 1920s, the northeastern section of West Farms Road was bordered by Tremont Avenue, which was called Tremons Avenue. In the 1950s and 1960s, it took its name from farms west of the Bronx that served as the New York State Department of Agriculture and Westchester County Farm Bureau, as well as farms in the west. 

The Bronx was part of New York County until 1914, when it became an independent county. The Bronx was already designated as a borough, but soon after, in 1898, it was merged into New York City and soon after into the Bronx. 

Borough Hall served as the administrative headquarters of the borough until a new Bronx administration building was built on the Grand Concourse of Yankee Stadium in 1935. Designed corridor between Crotona and Bronx parks that opened in the 1950s, separating the southern end of Bronx Park today by about a block. 

The other important route to get to the railroad was Bronxdale Avenue, which ran from East Tremont northwest along Boston Road to Bronx Park East, and then east along Bronxwood Avenue to Williamsbridge, which was bounded clockwise to the north. There are two distinct sections of the Bronx, except for one section of Bronx Park that was closed to traffic a few years ago. Boston Road is a two-lane road with two lanes in each direction, moving clockwise to the north and south, and east and west on the north side. 

Williamsbridge Road starts at the old village across the Bronx River, which takes its name from East Tremont Avenue here. Indian trail along the river, overlaid by West Farms Road, a two-lane road with two lanes on the north and south sides, and east and west on both sides. The West Farms Road, which runs from north to west, is the oldest road in the Bronx, but also one of the most dangerous.

The Bruckner Expressway (I-95), named after the Bronx Borough president in the 1930s, was diverted from its predecessor, the Major Deegan East River Bridge, which connects Westchester County, and became the New England Thruway in the 1950s. 

The next few miles, East Tremont Avenue travels runs along an open cutting edge that brings Amtrak north through New England to the Hell’s Gate Bridge for Amtrak. As you cross the elevated train on Westchester Avenue, you will encounter a small marker that points to a different kind of transition than the Revolutionary War. The two lines diverge at the intersection of West Chester Avenue and West 6th Street, north of the East River Bridge. [Sources: 5]

P.S.A. 8 patrols the intersection of West 6th Street and West Chester Avenue in East Tremont. The shooting occurred in the early hours of July 8, 2014, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). 

One of the Post’s most famous achievements is the demolished Western Union Building, which stood on Broadway and Dey Street in Manhattan. The Bronx Borough Hall was completed in 1897, and the New York Post’s first East Tremont office opened in 1898 on the second floor of that office. It is the oldest residential building in the Concourse, dating back to 1914, the year the Bronx became a borough. One of the first offices at the corner of West 6th Street and West Chester Avenue was opened on September 12, 1928. 

To this day, Westchester Square seems to be a small urban hub grouped around the triangle of West, East and Tremont Lane Avenues. The Fordham University campus in the Bronx is located on the northern corner of the district, with the famous Arthur Avenue running through the center. The Northwest District, which includes FordHAM, includes the largest public library in the Bronx, where the New York Public Library is located at the intersection of West 6th Street and West Chester Avenue. This Bronx is home to one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods in New Jersey with more than 1,000 schools. 

The entire neighborhood, consisting of a large residential complex bordered by East Tremont Avenue, East Unionport Road and the Bronx River, is located to the east. In the northeast and northwest of this Bronx is the abandoned, forgotten and abandoned Bronx Street, home to one of the most historic neighborhoods in New York, Westchester Square

The East Tremont Home Inspection Experts

If you’re searching for a affordable, reliable, and professional home, condo, or townhome inspection, look no further. We know you have choices and we would be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We’re 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

The inspector was extremely and courteous. He went out of his way to accommodate our needs, to the point of making an additional trip due to the water not being active. This was a great experience
Marta M., East Tremont
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The inspector was punctual, thorough and personable. Took time to answer questions. Within two hours I had a thorough report with clear suggestions and photos.
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