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

Home Inspection Services in Mount Hope

If you have been around as long as I have, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections. A detailed home inspection protects you the buyer against those obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his weight should be able to pinpoint the major components and systems that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new homeowner. A decent inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure greatly.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components within a home (roofing, electrical, plumbing, structure, cooling and heating, etc.) and is meant to give the customer a clearer understanding of the home’s general state. Phone today to schedule a home inspection in Mount Hope at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call because we’ll be glad to serve you.

Typically, the inspection is a buyer who asks for an evaluation of the home she or he is serious about buying. An inspection of the home provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be 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 address the cost of repairs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, it makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a customer in the event something inspected fails.

Side Note: You can purchase warranties for several items in the house.

Mount Hope Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider a home inspection in Mount Hope as a final 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 property can also include for extra, 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 conducted (less often) by a home seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by homeowners simply wanting to keep the home investment value as high as possible, care for their homes, and prevent surprises.

The following are areas that inspectors pay close attention to when inspecting your home:

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

2. Serious flaws, such as large differential cracks in the foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, etc. These are items that are expensive to fix, which are items requiring more than 2% of the buy price to repair.

3. Things that could lead to major flaws – i.e. a beam that was not tied to the structure properly, a roof flashing leak that could grow, or damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

Your property inspector should counsel you about what you should do about these areas of concern. He/she may recommend an evaluation on serious issues – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the problem areas. For example, your inspector will advise you call a licensed building engineer if they find sections of the home that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a major structural problem and one that would cost thousands of dollars to fix

Home Inspections are always paid for by a buyer after he or she signs a contract, right?

This is simply not true! As you will see when you keep reading, a home inspection may be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current home owner, a proactive technique by home owners to create their house more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the problem of the potential home.

Sellers, in particular, can take advantage of getting a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a some of the advantages for the seller:

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

· A home inspection may help the seller be more objective as it pertains to setting a fair price on the home.

· The seller can take the report and make it into a marketing piece for the home.

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

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

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Most homebuyers lack the information, skill, and objectivity needed seriously to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of an expert home inspector, they gain an improved understanding of the problem 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 a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is really a generalist and is broadly been trained in every home system.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s recommended 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 along with explain maintenance features that will be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it is not a problem considering that the report you get will soon be very detailed. If you are not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that’s not clear in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully which means you understand what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If there is a trouble with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you would like the inspector to return after the inspection to show you things, this is often arranged and is recommended, however, you could be charged extra since a second walk through not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your home inspection contract

However, it’s important for you 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 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?

This depends on the condition and size of the entire home. You can usually figure 1.2 hours for every 1,000 square feet. For example, a 2600 sq.ft. home would take approx. 3 hours. If the inspector also prepares the report while in your home, factor in an extra 40-50 minutes. These numbers are not set in stone because you really want the inspector to do a comprehensive job without feeling rushed.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are units within a condo building, homeowners pay an assessment fee to a also is responsible for maintaining the HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the condo unit including electrical, plumbing, porches, balconies, appliances, and walls. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickled lot to be brutally honest. And they’re all very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about it and we’ll be blunt 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.

Average Mount Hope Inspection Includes

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

* Heating equipment and controls
* Ducts and distribution systems
* Fireplaces
* Heating and air conditioning
* Heat controls and pumps
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
* Windows and window gaskets
* Windows, doors, patios, walkways, walls
* Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation
* Garage doors, walls, and floor
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
* Fire detectors
* Indoor doors and hardware
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (washer and dryer) if being sold with the house
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Site drainage and grading
* Drive ways
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Decks
* Bricks, masonry
* Landscape
* Retaining walls
* Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
* Eaves, soffits, and fascias

Why Should I Obtain a Home Inspection?

Your brand-new home has lots of systems and over 9800 moving pieces – from heating and cooling to ventilation and to appliances. When appliances and systems work together, all is well with the world. Weak links in the device, however, can produce problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you get a used car with no reputable mechanic looking at it? Your home is far more complicated, 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 an Inspection Usually Cost?

This is usually the first question asked but the answer tells minimal about the grade of the inspection. Fees are based in accordance with size, age and some other facets of the home. Inspection fees from a certified professional home inspector generally start just over $350. An average fee for a 2,100 sq. ft. home around the country is approximately $350-$475 for just the inspection. In the Bronx neighborhoods such as Mount Hope, it will probably be another 20% or more. But think of what you’re getting for that price. Who can put a price tag on peace of mind?

What is NOT Included in a Mount Hope Property Inspection

Plenty of people believe that all things are inspected exhaustive on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer to become upset utilizing their inspector. The inspections we do aren’t exhaustive and there is a justified reason for this.

When you hire individual licensed experts in HVAC, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to examine the house, it would take about fourteen hours and run you about $2000! It is far more practical to employ an expert inspector who has a general information about home systems, knows excellent customer service, and can suggest further inspection by an expert if needed. Your inspector is likewise following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are carefully written to safeguard both the house and the inspector.

For instance, I am told to not turn systems on if they were off prior to the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t ready to move furniture (might harm something); a no-no to change on water if it’s off (possible flooding), and a no-no to sneak via a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). Obviously of the practice is the fact by not operating a control, by not seeing within the furniture, and failing to get in to the attic or crawlspace, we might miss identifying a problem. However, put in perspective, the odds of missing something serious because of this is reasonably low. There are many goods that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside a regular inspection, for example inspecting most things which are not bolted down (installed within the home) including electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems including water purifiers, alarm systems, etc.

Life in Mount Hope

States, cities and local luminaries were on hand to break ground on Mount Hope Renaissance, the first affordable housing project in the Bronx. The project is unique in several ways: it is one of the few developments in New York City that combines supportive, affordable, and medium-sized housing, and it is the first African-American company to develop an affordable project of its kind since 2011. This long empty building in The Bronx is part of a multi-million dollar project to permanently house domestic violence survivors in apartments. Mount Hope Renaissance has a portfolio of studios to five-bedroom apartments and includes 515 affordable units spread over three floors with retail, office and office space, as well as a community center and community garden.

Of the 515 units, 41 are supportive – financed and 41 are funded by the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development (NYCHA). The CPC provides a permanent loan insured by SONYMA to households earning up to 90% of the AMI during the project’s life. Part of this loan will be used for a community centre and garden, as well as for the development of community gardens and other amenities. 

This financing will help ensure that the building has the resources to be in good physical and financial condition and, importantly, to remain affordable for current and future tenants. These funds can and will be used for the development of community gardens and other facilities, as well as a community centre, community gardens and garden garden. The financing was provided by the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development (NYCHA) and the CPC with support from the city’s housing authority, SONYMA. 

Here you will find the latest crime statistics for each borough of the Bronx, as well as the most frequently reported addresses in each borough. An estimated 31% of Mount Hope residents live below the poverty line, compared with 28% in the Bronx and 29% in the city. According to data from the New York City Department of Housing and Urban Development (NYCHA), one in six residents (16%) is unemployed, compared to just over one in five residents in other districts. Of the 100 most frequently reported addresses in Manhattan, 44% are in the Bronx and 28% in Brooklyn. According to the NYPD, an estimated 1.2 million residents of the district live in poverty, with an average income of $35,000 a year, compared with $42,500 for the nation as a whole and $44,800 for Manhattan.

That’s more than twice as much as in the rest of New York City, and Tremont and Belmont have the highest proportion of college students – educated residents of all the city’s boroughs – in 2018, according to NYPD data. The number of residents struggling to pay their rent is 60% in Mount Hope, compared with about 30% in the rest of New York City, according to NYPD data. The existing rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Tremont and Belmont will not change, but it is higher for New Yorkers earning less than $30,000 a year, or about $1,500 more than the median household income in the city as a whole. And it is lower for Bronx residents than in other boroughs, with average rent of $2,800 a month and a median income of just over $20,300. But existing rents for a one-bedroom apartment in a single-family home in Mt. Hope will not change; they are higher than for new residents across Manhattan and New Jersey, as well as for New Yorkers who earn. 

The on-site support services are provided by ACMH and funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. The program was completed last year by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Housing Commissioner Dan Donovan because supportive housing is “the golden thread that runs through the fabric of such a large project,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The Norwood News exists to promote communication between citizens and organizations and to be a tool for neighborhood development. Our mission is to promote thriving neighborhoods with existing housing stock, affordable housing and a healthy community. The work of the CPC and its partners has helped revitalize countless neighborhoods, enabled the development of more than 1,000 new housing units in New York City and around the world, and created thousands of new jobs and economic opportunities for residents and businesses in our communities. Together with our partners, it has helped revitalize countless neighborhoods and enabled the construction of more than 1,000 square feet of housing and more than 2,500 jobs in the United States and abroad. 

Lemor Development Group continues to deliver on its promise to preserve and revitalize Upper Manhattan, focusing primarily on the Harlem Village. Lemor in the neighborhood, and has continued to deliver on its promises to preserve and revitalize Upper Brooklyn and the rest of New York City and the other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, while also promising to preserve and rejuvenate Upper Manhattan, with a focus on the communities of Manhattan and Harlem, with the development of over 1,000 new housing units and thousands of jobs in our communities. 

The Mount Hope Property Inspection Experts

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

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