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Home Inspection Services in Van Cortlandt Village

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

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal professional evaluation of the accessible and visible components and systems within a house (plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, structure, roof, etc.) and is meant to give the client a clearer understanding of the house’s general state. Phone today to schedule a home inspection in Van Cortlandt Village at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Most often, it is a buyer who asks for an inspection of the home she or he is serious about buying. An inspection of the home delivers data 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 home seller may not be aware of. It is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not point out any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, it makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a client in the event something inspected fails.

Van Cortlandt Village Home Inspection Specialists

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

Home inspections are also conducted (less often) by a homeseller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by owners simply wanting to care for their homes, prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value as high as possible

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

1. Serious defects, such as large cracks in the foundation; building out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, etc. These items are expensive to fix, which we classify as items needing more than 1.8% of the purchase price to repair.

2. Items that could lead to serious defects – i.e. damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof flashing leak that could get bigger, or a beam that was not tied in to the structure properly.

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

Your home inspector will counsel you on what you should do about these problems. He/she may recommend a formal evaluation on serious issues – by certified and/or licensed professionals who are specialists in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector will advise you call a licensed building engineer if they find areas of the home that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a serious structural problem.

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

This isn’t true! As you will discover whenever you keep reading, a home inspection can be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool with a current homeowner, a proactive technique by homeowners to produce their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the situation of the potential home.

Home owners, in particular, can benefit from obtaining a home inspection before listing the home. Here are just a some of the advantages for the home owner:

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

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

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

· The home owner will take the report and ensure it is into a marketing piece for the home.

Can I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Of course you can do the inspection yourself, but why would you? To save a few bucks?

Most homebuyers lack the data, skill, and objectivity needed to inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of a qualified home inspector, they gain a better knowledge of the situation of the property; especially whether any items don’t “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “work as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” with 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 recommended for you to personally be present during the inspection – whether you are a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance along with point out maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s not a problem considering that the report you receive will soon be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that is 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 there is a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you would like the inspector to go back after the inspection showing you things, this can be arranged and is a good idea, 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 home inspection contract

However, it’s very important for you to let the inspector do the job you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interruptions and interference make the inspection unnecessarily slow. Jot down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a report.

How Long Does the Inspection Take?

This depends upon the size and condition of the home. You can approximate 1.2 hours for every 1,000 sq.ft. For instance, a 2600 sq.ft. unit would take about three hours. If the inspector also produces the report while in your home, factor in an additional sixty minutes. These numbers are not set in stone because you really want him or her to do a comprehensive inspection without feeling rushed.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are units within a building, owners pay assessments to a HOA or home owners association or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the actual (roof, exterior walls, lighting) 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 unit including walls, appliances, balconies, porches, plumbing, and electrical. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickled lot, to be honest. And they’re all so very different, even within a city. Ask us about our policy and we’ll be blunt 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.

Average Van Cortlandt Village 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 standardized checklist for the home:

* Drainage and grading
* Parking areas on the property
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Decks
* Bricks, masonry
* Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
* Retaining walls
* Eaves, soffits, and fascias
* Doors, walls, patios, walkways, windows
* Basement, foundation, and crawl spaces
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Kitchen cabinets, counters, and floors
* Windows and window gaskets
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* Electrical system, panels
* GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
* Smoke (fire) detectors
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Heating equipment and controls
* Fireplaces
* Heating and air conditioning
* Heat controls and pumps
* Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.

Other tests that are not part of the normal inspection may require an additional fee.

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

Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?

Your brand-new home has lots of systems and more than 9800 parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they interact with each another seamlessly, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the system, however, can produce problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car without a reputable mechanic taking a look at it? Your house is far more complex, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a written report arms you with substantial information which to create informed decisions.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Usually Run?

That is usually the first question asked but the clear answer tells minimal about the quality of the inspection. Fees are based according to size, age and some other areas of the home. Inspection fees from a professional professional home inspector generally start just under $350. A typical fee for a two thousand sq. foot home nationally is approximately $320-$440 for just the inspection. In the Bronx, it’ll probably run you an additional 25-35%. But consider what you are getting for that premium. Who can put a price tag on peace of mind?

What is NOT Included in a Van Cortlandt Village Home Inspection

Many people feel that everything is inspected exhaustive on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer being upset utilizing their inspector. The inspections we all do will not be exhaustive and there’s a justification for this.

In the event you hired separate licensed experts in heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to examine your house, it will take about 15 hours and run you around two grand! It is a bit more practical (and affordable) to engage a reliable inspector that has a general information about home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by an authority if needed. Your inspector can be 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, we have been directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off during the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not permitted to move furniture (might harm something); unacceptable to turn on water whether it’s off (possible flooding), and unacceptable to sneak by using a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside of your practice is that often by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and not getting to the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed in perspective, the prospect of missing something serious for this reason is pretty low. There are additional products which about 95% of inspectors consider outside a regular inspection, including inspecting most things aren’t bolted down (installed while in the home) including electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems including water purifiers, alarm systems, etc.

Life in Van Cortlandt Village

The city is pushing ahead with plans to build a controversial water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Village. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has just released a final environmental study and selected the site as its preferred location. Wedged in the middle-class Bronx neighborhood, it seems to be lost in a time capsule. The John Keiran Nature Trail, established in 1987, takes visitors to some of the park’s most scenic and natural highlights, starting at Van Cortlandts Lake. It borders the Hudson and offers ample opportunities to explore and enjoy nature. 

The first pair of coyotes found in Van Cortlandt Park in Henger was related to a colony in Westchester, where colonies had existed since the 1970s. Early studies conducted in 1988 and 2008 were able to document the woody crown layer of Van cortlandts under the herbaceous layer. After that, the surviving puppies established colonies in other parts of the park, such as the Bronx and New York City. 

The family lived and worked the land until 1888, when the city bought the property and it became the core of Van Cortlandt Park. The mansion was sold, but something heavy hit the ground and several cannonballs were found. It turned out that they had been abandoned by Fort Independence and then distributed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Natural Resources. Over the years, the Van Cortlandts evacuated the manor houses and farms and moved to Peekskill and later on across the river to Rheinbeck, taking many of their possessions with them. 

I turned to the tenacious John McNamara’s History of Asphalt and discovered that Review Place probably recalls a time when military parades were held in the area, which I hope I will forgive when I refer to it as Van Cortlandt Park in the VCP and the rest of this page. 

There are no clear boundaries between the two neighborhoods, so I’m just saying that you can find a lot of similarities and differences between them. Van Cortlandt Village begins and runs, more precisely, south of the reservoir, and there is a clear boundary between it and Review Place. To the north it borders Park Place, Review Park, Park Avenue and a few blocks further east. 

How to find Van Cortlandt Park South, known as Lower 132, is to walk a little further north to the entrance to Deegan and north to Bailey. If you used it directly, you would get into Van Cortlandt Park, but you won’t because it’s on the other side of the reservoir. 

As you can see, I learned that the street name and address are what you want, because the owner of the apartment will not use the name Van Cortlandt Village, but will call it Kingsbridge Riverdale or simply give the address. As for the name, I would say that people definitely identify with him, and that’s one of my favorite things about him. 

Van Cortlandt Avenues West and East are separated by several avenues and the Jerome Park Reservoir, but they never met. Major Coyote stands on a boulder, and Manhattan’s yuppies call themselves Van Cortland Park, bordered by West Avenue, West Street, East Avenue and West Side Highway. 

If you go down a street called Van Cortlandt or Kingsbridge, you can throw a dead cat out the window, but most apartment buildings have bouncers, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as a few bars and restaurants. Those who want to live in Manhattan usually settle in the West Bronx, so they don’t need the high-rise buildings or the long-term rental apartments. 

Also called Woodlawn Heights, or sometimes “Little Ireland” or “Woodl Lawn,” is a neighborhood bordering Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. The multi-ethnic rental complex is located in the heart of the Van Cortlandt Village community, bordered by the East River and the West Bronx River. There are red – and white striped awning on the high-rise – apartment buildings being built overlooking Van Cortlandts Park, and a few restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. Traditionally, it is classified as a community of about 2,000 people, mostly black and white, but also some other ethnic groups.

Kingsbridge Heights and Van Cortlandt Village are both surrounded by Kingsbridge, but different parts of the neighborhood offer different types of amenities such as parks, restaurants and shops. The area has picturesque brick and wooden houses that line the side streets, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. 

The Van Cortlandt Village Inspection Experts

If you are searching for a affordable, reliable, and professional town home, condo, or home inspection in Van Cortlandt Village, your search is over. We know you have choices and we’d be honored to send out one of our inspectors to inspect your home and property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. E-mail or phone one of our staff members today (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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