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

Home Inspection Services in Beechhurst

If you have been around for a while, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections in Beechhurst. A detailed 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 will be able to pinpoint the primary components and systems that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new home owner. A decent inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure greatly.

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

Most often, the inspection is a homebuyer who asks for a formal evaluation of the home’s condition he or she is serious about buying. A home inspection provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be confirmed or questioned, and can uncover expensive-to-repair and serious defects that the home seller may not be aware of. A home inspection is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not address any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the home makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local building codes or protects a client in the event something inspected fails in the future.

Side note: You can purchase warranties for several key items in the home.

 

Beechhurst Home Inspection Specialists

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

Home inspections are paid for (less often) by a seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by home owners 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 property:

1. Serious flaws, such as large cracks in the foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported correctly, etc. These are items that are costly to fix, which are items needing over 1.9% of the purchase price to repair.

2. Things that could lead to major flaws – i.e. a roof leak that could get bigger, damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, or a support beam that was not tied in to the structure properly.

3. Safety hazards, such as lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), bare electrical wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, no safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, etc.


Your home inspector should counsel you on what you should do about these issues. He may recommend an evaluation on more issues – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For example, your inspector may recommend you call a licensed building engineer if he/she finds sections of the property that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a major structural problem.

Home inspections are conducted by a buyer once they sign a formal agreement, right?

This is not true! As you will see when you continue reading, a home inspection can be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by way of a current home owner, a proactive technique by home owners to make their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the situation of the potential home.

Sellers, specifically, 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 make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry after the contract is signed.

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

· The home owner may take the report and ensure it is into an advertising piece for the home.

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

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. Using the services of a professional 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” 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 recommended for you to personally be present during the inspection – whether you’re 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’s not a problem since the report you get will soon be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that’s not clear in the report. Also see the inspection agreement carefully which means you know what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. When 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 return after the inspection to show you things, this is often arranged and is advisable, 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 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 (some might even call it nagging) make the process unnecessarily slow. Jot down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a report.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are units within a condo building, homeowners pay an assessment fee to a also is on the hook for maintaining the community boilder or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own mini-boiler that acts as the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the condo including walls, electrical, appliances, plumbing, balconies, and porches. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you know well, HOAs are a fickle group. And they’re all 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.

Beechhurst Inspections Include

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

· Electrical panels, electrical system
· GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
· Distribution systems and ducts
· Fire places
· Parking areas on the property
· Heat pumps and controls
· 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
· Grading and site drainage
· Eaves, soffits, and fascias
· Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways
· Insulation and ventilation systems
· Landscaping
· Retaining walls
· Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets
· Windows and window gaskets
· Heating and air conditioning
· Interior doors and hardware
· Ceilings, walls, floors
· Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.
· Bricks, masonry
· Entry steps, hand rails
· Decks
· Plumbing fixtures and systems
· Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors

Some tests which are not a part of the standard inspection usually incur an extra charge.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your home has a large number of systems and approx. 9900 parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation and to appliances. When appliances and systems interact, all is well with the world. Weak links in the machinery, however, can produce assorted problems leading to a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car without a reputable and qualified mechanic looking at it? Your house is far more complex, and to truly have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a written report arms you with substantial information to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

A lot of people feel that the entire home is inspected comprehensive on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to generally be upset with their inspector. The inspections we perform are not exhaustive and there is a good reason for this.

When you hire individual licensed experts in heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to examine the house, it would take about thirteen hours and run you about two grand! It is a bit more practical (and affordable) to hire an experienced inspector who’s got a general comprehension of home systems, knows things to look for, and can recommend further inspection by a professional if needed. Your inspector is also following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are written to protect both the home and the inspector.

For instance, we’re instructed to NOT turn systems on if these were off during the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t able to move furniture (might harm something); a no-no to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and a no-no to get rid of through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The negative effects in this practice is the fact that by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and not receiving to the crawlspace or attic, we might miss identifying a problem. However, used in perspective, the likelihood of missing something serious therefore is reasonably low. There are more things that about 94% of inspectors consider outside an ordinary inspection, for example inspecting most things which aren’t bolted down (installed within the home) for instance electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

Living in Beechhurst

 Whitestone is also known to the residents of the area as Clintonville, and DeWitt Clinton lived in a (now burnt down) mansion in Whitestone, where he also had a summer home. It belongs to the Clinton family, one of the richest and most powerful families in New York. 

Queens is also home to several colleges, including Queens College, the University of New York and Queens Community College. The Colden Center, named after philanthropist Selma Max Kupferberg, was founded in the mid-19th century by the Colden family as the Queens Institute of Technology. 

When it comes to ethnic and cultural diversity, Queens literally embraces the world. If you take a stroll along Steinway Street or Astoria Boulevard, you will see a plethora of tempting restaurants, bars, shops and restaurants. From family-run shops to upscale boutiques, restaurants and even a few bars and nightclubs, there are plenty of ways to keep your shopping mojo buzzing around the clock. Forget 24, here you will find intimate restaurants that can boast of any kind of cuisine. 

If you are thinking of moving to this family-friendly and unique neighborhood, you should know the following before calling it your home. You’ll also find some of the best beaches in Queens, from windswept Rockaway Beach to the private enclosure community of Breezy Point.  

No matter where in the world you feel at home right now, Queens can be a refreshing change and a fresh start, and no matter what country you imagine life in, you will inevitably find yourself in Queens. If money is not an object when you move into Queens, then you might want to consider buying a larger – more than – home for the elegant life we all know. In Queens, we have truck rentals to help you make your move smoothly, as well as a variety of other services and services. 

If you’re an empty nest that likes to eat out in the evening, or an angry parent who only enjoys occasional date nights, you’ll love the nightlife of Queens. If you move to Queens, you will find yourself in a place where life slows down a little, for a night on the town and a few nights a week. 

The Long Island City district is near Manhattan and takes only about ten minutes by train. The neighborhood is so well located that many residents do not have to drive; others can take the train, bus or bike and spend the night in one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. If you work in Manhattan, the next time you want to attend a game, take an extra hour to visit the Mets Hall of Fame Museum near Citi Field. I got to know the QM16 express bus, which takes me there in about an hour, and I am glad I moved here. 

A large number of commuters in the Beechhurst area commute 15 to 30 minutes to work, while 29.7% of working residents are responsible for the majority of commutes. In this neighborhood, as in most others nationwide, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to and from work. Recently, it has been noted that young people who are new to the area are feeling the effects of the more expensive Manhattan rental scene. According to the Census Bureau, most Americans who work in New York City commute by car at least once a day. 

In the Beechhurst area, 35.3% of the working population is employed in managerial, managerial and professional occupations. Of the 26.6% of the population employed, 23.2% work in managerial and managerial occupations and 22.7% in professional and technical occupations, according to the Census Bureau. 

Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations, and each neighborhood may be relatively affluent overall, but actually have a lower average income. Together they tell us about the neighbourhood and help us understand the conditions and character of the neighbourhoods. While there is a great deal of interest in understanding the income of the neighborhood’s residents, it is equally important to understand people, especially children, who, according to the Census Bureau, live below the poverty line, which is extremely low. This is important to understand which neighborhoods might suit your lifestyle and helps you understand the conditions in your neighborhood as well as the income of their residents.

Beechhurst Home Inspection Experts

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

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