Licensed, professional home inspectors serving the Bay Terrace Queens neighborhood, offering a broad range of services for our residential customers.

Home Inspection Services in Bay Terrace

If you’ve been around for a while, then you’ll already understand the value of home inspections. A 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/her weight should be able to identify the major components that could be ready to break down on you as a new buyer. A decent inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure considerably.

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

Typically, the inspection is a buyer who asks for an inspection of the home he or she is serious about buying. An inspection of the home delivers data points 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 a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not point out the cost of repairs 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.

[Side note]: You can purchase warranties to cover several items in the house.

Bay Terrace Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property as a final 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. A home inspection can also include Radon testing, pest inspections, pool inspections, water testing, energy audits, and other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are conducted (less often) by a seller prior to listing the property 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 attention to during a home inspection:

1. Major flaws, such as large differential cracks in the foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, and others. These are items that are expensive to repair, which are items requiring more than 1.8% of the buy price to repair.

2. Items that could lead to major flaws – a support beam that was not tied in to the structure properly, a roof flashing leak that could grow, or damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

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


Your property inspector should counsel you about what you should do about these issues. She may recommend an evaluation on serious matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector may recommend you phone a licensed building engineer if they find sections of the home that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a serious structural problem.

Home Inspections are always performed by a buyer when he or she signs a contract, right?

This is patently false! As you might find when you read on, a home inspection can be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current home owner, a proactive technique by homeowners to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to ascertain the condition of the potential home.

Homeowners, particularly, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a several advantages for the seller:


· The seller may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry following the contract is signed.

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

· The seller usually takes the report and allow it to be into an advertising piece for the home.

· A home inspection can help the seller 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 needed to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. When you use services of an expert home inspector, they gain a better understanding of the condition of the property; especially whether any items don’t “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” by 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 a good idea for you to personally be present throughout the inspection – whether you are a home buyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can point out any defects and explain their importance in addition to mention maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it is no problem considering that the report you receive will be very detailed. If you are not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that is not clear in the report. Also see the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. When there is a problem with the inspection or the report, you should raise the difficulties quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you would like the inspector to go back following the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is recommended, however, the inspector could charge you extra since a second walkthrough not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your home inspection contract

However, it’s very important 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 process painfully slow. Write down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a detailed report.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are units within a condo building, owners pay an assessment fee to a home owners association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the building itself Home Owners Association is also responsible for maintaining the HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own mini-boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the condo unit including porches, electrical, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickle group. And they’re all very different, even within a city. 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.

Bay Terrace Inspections Include

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

* Electrical panels, electrical system
* Electrical outlets, GFCI, and grounding
* Fireplaces
* 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 controls and equipment
* Fascias, soffits, and eaves
* Doors, walls, patios, walkways, windows
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Retaining walls
* Kitchen cabinets, counters, and floors
* Roofing system
* Air Conditioning and controls
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Decks
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* Masonry
* Handrails, entry stairs
* Windows and window gaskets
* Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation

Some tests which aren’t a part of the original inspection often incur an extra charge.

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

Why Should I Obtain a Home Inspection?

Your new home has dozens of systems and over 10,000 pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they interact with each another seamlessly, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the system, however, can produce assorted problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with out a qualified mechanic looking at it? Your home is far more complex, and to have a thorough inspection that is documented in a written report arms you with substantial information where to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Many people believe all things are inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer being upset with their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there is a justified reason for this.

For those who hire separate licensed experts in air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to inspect your own home, it will take about fourteen hours and run you about $2000! It may appear far more practical (and affordable) to engage a specialist inspector who’s a general understanding of home systems, knows what to look for, 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 written to safeguard both your house as well as the inspector.

Here are some examples, we have been told to not turn systems on if these were off prior to the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t permitted to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water if it is off (possible flooding), and against the rules to get rid of through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side with this practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing beneath the furniture, and not getting into your crawlspace or attic, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put in perspective, the chances of missing something serious as a result is pretty low. There are many things that 96% of inspectors consider outside a typical inspection, for example inspecting most things which are not bolted down (installed inside the home) for instance electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, security systems, etc.

Living in

For nearly 30 years, we have been providing fantastic summer fun for the children of Bay Terrace, Queens, NY. Day Camp offers summer camps for children in Bay Terrace and beyond. 

The Bay Country Co-op is located in a well-preserved building in the heart of Bay Terrace, Queens, NY, just outside the city limits. The Bay Country Co-op is located on the corner of North Avenue and Bay Avenue, in one of Queens “most sought after neighborhoods, and the building is well maintained and safe. 

The neighborhood overlooks Bay Terrace Crossroads, a popular tourist attraction in the heart of the neighborhood. The fort and museum tell the area’s rich history and offer a unique view of an area where Long Island Sound meets the East River. It features a garden and a large outdoor terrace with picnic area, as well as a playground for children and pets.

One bedroom starts at $900 or less, so you should visit the neighborhood at night. In combination with the high-quality amenities of the Bay Terrace Crossroads and the view of the water, you should definitely plunge into the hotel. 

The city has all the amenities and amenities of New York City, but without sky – high rents. The affluent suburbs are located in the heart of Long Island City in Brooklyn, Queens, just a few miles from the city. 

This makes Long Island City one of the most affordable housing options in New York City and a great choice for families with children and young adults. This means long-term rental apartments in the Bay Terrace area are available for less than $500 a month. 

Bay Terrace Gardens residents are greeted by a tree-lined residential street with a variety of green spaces and green roofs. Residents of the Bay Terrace Gardens are welcomed by the trees that line residential streets with their beautiful views of Long Island City, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Bay residents Ter Race Gardens were greeted by the beautiful trees and grassy roofs of the long-term rental apartments. 

Queens Floral Park takes its name from the Nassau community and is located on the east side of Queens Boulevard in the Bay Terrace neighborhood of Long Island City. Generally College Point can be described as the intersection of College Avenue, Briarwood Avenue and College Street. College is cut off from the Hudson River and Queens Parkway, the main thoroughfare in New York City. There is a short piece of Briarwood that marks where Jamaica Avenue meets College, and it is defined by a series of high-rise buildings with a variety of green spaces and leafy roofs. 
Bayside offers mostly single and twin rooms. And two – family houses, but there are also a few one- and – one – half-bedroom apartments as well as some three- and four-bed apartments. These include a number of high-rise buildings with a variety of green spaces and green roofs, and there is also an eclectic mix of lower and middle-class apartments. 

This is a great option for parents, as the neighborhood is home to some of the best public schools in Queens. With consistently high-performing schools, Bayside residents feel they can start a family without having to leave town. 

Not even Manhattan comes close to what this part of Queens has to offer at night, “says one of the many who have come here from life in New York. In the context of what Bayside is, it feels like the best way to describe it: It’s a family New York. If you live in the more urban parts of New York City, you will live in a different environment from if you lived on the LI, but in this context, because it is. 

Bay Terrace is a historic area that was fortified and preserved by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the Revolutionary War. Unlike Long Island, however, the property has no military bases, no fortifications, and only a handful of houses. 

There are 1,464 churches in the city, including the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Episcopal Church of Grace and the Church of the Immaculate Conception, and there are several other historic buildings in Bay Terrace Queens, such as the Church of 1466 on Bay Street and Point Breeze, the 18th century church at the corner of Bay Avenue and Bay Boulevard, as well as several historic homes and churches. The neighborhood is full of attractions, making it a great place to walk, bike, jog, or cycle to and from work. It houses a number of senior citizens “facilities, restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, cafes, shopping centers and restaurants, including the deli, grocery store, gym and saloon, Inc. as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. 

Bay Terrace Home Inspection Experts

If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, and affordable condo, home, or townhome inspection, look no further. We get that you have choices and we’d be honored to send one of our inspectors to inspect your 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.

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