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Home Inspection Services in Belle Harbor

If you have been around as long as I have, then you’ll know all about home inspections in Belle Harbor. A detailed home inspection protects you the prospective home owner 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 on you as a new homeowner. A great inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure considerably.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components within a home (roofing, electrical, plumbing, structure, cooling and heating, etc.) and is meant to give the client a clearer understanding of the home’s general condition. Phone 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 buyer who asks for a home inspection he or she is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data points so that decisions about the purchase can be confirmed or questioned, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair 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 repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, it makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local building codes or protects a client in the event an item inspected fails.

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


Belle Harbor Home Inspection Specialists

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

Home inspections are done (less often) by a home seller before putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by home owners simply wishing 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. Serious flaws, such as large cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, and others. These are items that are pricey to fix, which we classify as items requiring over 1.8% of the buy price to fix.

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

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 inspector should be able to counsel you on what to do about these areas of concern. She may recommend a formal evaluation on more matters – by licensed or certified professionals who are specialists in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector will recommend you call a licensed structural or building engineer if they find sections of the home that are misaligned, as this could indicate a major structural deficiency and one that might cost thousands of dollars to repair.

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

This is false! As you might find once you read on, a home inspection can be utilized for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool with a current home owner, a proactive technique by homeowners to produce their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the problem of the potential home.

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

· The homeowner knows the house! The home inspector will be able to get answers to his/her questions on the annals of any problems they find.

· A home inspection may help the homeowner be more objective in regards to setting a reasonable price on the home.

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

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

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

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity necessary to skillfully inspect a home themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of a professional home inspector, they gain a much better comprehension of the problem of the property; especially whether any items do not “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “work as intended” or “warrant more attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is really a generalist and has broad training and experience in most home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a good idea for you to personally be present through the inspection – whether you’re a buyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can show you any defects and explain their importance as well as explain maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem since the report you obtain will be very detailed. If you’re 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’s not covered in the inspection. When there is a trouble with the inspection or the report, you should raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you want the inspector to come back after the inspection to show you things, this can be arranged and is a good idea, however, the inspector could charge you extra since it’s not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your initial contract

However, it’s important for you to let the inspector do the work 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.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are individual units within a condo building, owners pay a monthly assessment fee to a home owners association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the actual HOA is also responsible for maintaining the community boiler system or 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 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 important. As you know well, Home Owners Associations are a fickled bunch to be brutally 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.

Belle Harbor Home Inspections Include

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

* Electrical panels, electrical system
* Electrical outlets, GFCI, and grounding
* Smoke (fire) detectors
* Fireplaces
* Driveways
* Heat controls and pumps
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
* Heating equipment and controls
* Fascias, soffits, and eaves
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Shrubs, trees, bushes, lawn
* Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets
* Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
* Heating and air conditioning
* Indoor doors and hardware
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* Safety items such as TPRV valves, railings, egress etc.
* Bricks, masonry
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Windows and window gaskets
* Basement, foundation, and crawl spaces
* Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors

Other tests which aren’t a part of the initial inspection may incur 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
· Termites

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your new home has dozens of systems and more than 9800 parts – from heating and cooling to ventilation and to appliances. When appliances and systems interact with each another seamlessly, all is right with the world. Weak links in the device, however, can produce a myriad of problems leading to a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with no qualified mechanic taking a look at it? Your property is far more complex, and to have a thorough inspection that is documented in a written report arms you with substantial information on which to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Most people believe everything is inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer for being upset making use of their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there’s a justification for this.

When you hire individual licensed experts in heating and air conditioning, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to examine your house, it will take about thirteen hours and run you about $2000! It is far more practical to use a specialist inspector who has a general information about home systems, knows things to look for, and can recommend further inspection by a specialist if needed. Your inspector can also be following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written to protect both your home as well as the inspector.

For instance, we have been told to NOT turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not capable to move furniture (might harm something); unacceptable to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and unacceptable to destroy by using a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside with this practice is the fact that by not operating a control, by not seeing underneath the furniture, and failing to get enough into your crawlspace or attic, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed into perspective, the likelihood of missing something serious because of this is fairly low. There are many products that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside a normal inspection, for example inspecting most things that are not bolted down (installed in the home) including electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable ac units, or specialized systems including water purifiers, security alarms, etc.

Living in Belle Harbor

Mermaid Manor Home for Adults is located in the Coney Island neighborhood and is an adult nursing home in Brooklyn, New York. The East River, which winds through the Bronx and Queens, is home to most of the residents of a city in North America. Neighborhoods in all cities provide year-round access to water, and the East River includes neighborhoods such as East Harlem, East Village, Brooklyn Heights, Westchester County, Queens and Staten Island.

Most of the Belle Harbor apartments will likely be in large duplex apartments in the community. At night, the pockets of Bayswater, which remain very safe, can change dramatically, but at night it can change dramatically. 

Most of the houses in Belle Harbor are single-family homes starting at about $825,000, but the two most expensive areas on the peninsula are the larger, more luxurious homes, which average about $800,000. If you live there, as mentioned, the points are very nice and probably quite expensive.

Jacob Riis Park in Fort Tilden is just a few blocks from Belle Harbor and is a great place to spend a whole day, with sand washing your feet after a short drive. There are many suburban neighborhoods in Eastern Queens, but if you are lucky enough to live in a remote place like the Port of Belle and choose a life with easy access to the beach, your car is a necessity. If you need to drive to Manhattan, you may prefer to drive to work, although there are plenty of parking and garages in the area and on the waterfront.

The beaches inland and the bay are surrounded by well-maintained residential areas, and many of the houses are located on dazzling sandy beaches in gated residential areas. 

Access to the area is via the Rockaway Bay Bridge, which is accessible from Brooklyn, and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects the Broad Channel to mainland Queens. This part of Queens is also on the eastern edge of the city, with the Rockaway Park Shuttle located east of the Rockaway Park neighborhood. There is a small ferry terminal at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where Soho meets the Hamptons, and a ferry line to Long Island. 

If you need help in your daily life, New Haven Manor can help you find a supervised life in memory care with your loved ones in Far Rockaway or New York. If you need help with everyday tasks, Sutton Gardens can help you or your loved ones find a home in Flushing or the Rockaways where you can nurture – care for – live memory.  

The Belle Harbor estate welcomes pets and can offer geriatric doctors living in and around Belle Harbor, New York, brain health programs and emergency care systems that constantly monitor older adults with dementia. This facility provides care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia. 

One of the services provided by the Long Island Care Center is the planning of transportation and meal times, as well as Homeland – like common areas that promote sociability. The Oceana Condo complex is a Manhattan megatower that wants the sight and smell of the Atlantic Ocean. For the little ones, there is a ten-minute drive, a walk to the beach or a drive for the older ones.

The Elmhurst care centre can care for up to 240 elderly people in the area. The facility includes assisted living, though costs vary by facility, and Belle Harbor Manor can accept Medicaid and Medicare. The Long Island Living Center in Rockaway Beach, Queens, just blocks from the Long Island Rail Road, offers a special dementia program to help older adults in Queens with ADL. Located on the corner of Ocean Parkway and Rockaways Boulevard, this small, two-story building with pool and pool deck offers special care and services for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

The cost of caring for residents in Belle Harbor ranges from $2,460 a month to $7,538 a month, but Selengut said with a smile, “Many people would be happy to live in a place like this. Residents of the Belle Harbour section of Queens are embedding themselves in the city. Those who want to live by the sea should visit the strong primary schools of the coastal town. 

The Long Island Care Center provides help with daily needs for dementia patients who need help with everyday tasks. The Wavecr Home for Adults is able to support more than 120 seniors with dementia in Rockaway Beach and surrounding areas, as well as in New York City and the Bronx. Rockaways Care Center provides memory care for seniors in their own homes and also for people with Alzheimer’s. 

Belle Harbor Home Inspection Experts

If you’re searching for a affordable, reliable, and professional home, condo, or town home inspection in Belle Harbor, look no further. We know you have choices and we would be happy to send out one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. Call or email one of our staff members (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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