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Home Inspection Services in Dutch Kills

If you have been around, then you’ll understand the need for home inspections in Dutch Kills. A quality home inspection protects you the prospective home owner against those obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth her weight in gold should be able to identify the primary components that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new home owner. A good inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure greatly.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components within a house (plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, structure, roof, etc.) and should give the client a better understanding of the house’s general state. Phone 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 buyer who asks for an evaluation of the home she or he is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive 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 repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the property makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a client in the event something inspected fails in the future.

Sidenote: Warranties can be bought to cover several key items.

Dutch Kills 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. An inspection of the property can also include for extra of course pest inspections, pool inspections, energy audits, Radon testing, water testing, energy audits, and several other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are also done (less often) by a homeseller before listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by owners simply wanting to prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value high, and care for their homes.

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 above 30 inches, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), etc.

2. Serious defects, such as large cracks in the foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not installed or supported correctly, etc. These items are costly to fix, which are entire systems requiring over 2% of the buy price to repair.

3. Items that could lead to serious defects – damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, or a beam that was not tied to the structure properly.

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

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

This is not true! As you will see when you continue reading, a home inspection can be utilized for ad hoc inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool by way of a current homeowner, a proactive technique by homeowners to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the problem of the potential home.

Homeowners, in particular, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a some of the advantages for the home owner:


· The home owner can 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 the home before they open it down for open house tours.

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

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

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most homebuyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity needed to skillfully inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes inside and out, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of a qualified home inspector, they gain an improved knowledge of the problem 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 a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is just a generalist and has broad experience in every home system.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s wise for you to be present throughout the inspection – whether you are a buyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance in addition to mention maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s not a problem since the report you obtain will soon be very detailed. If you are not present, then you ought to be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that is unclear in the report. Also browse the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If there is a problem with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to go back after the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is recommended, 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 agreement

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 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 condominiums are individual units within a single building, owners pay an assessment fee to a HOA or home owners association or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the HOA is also on the hook for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condominium including porches, electrical, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickle group. And they’re all so very different, even within a neighborhood. 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.

Dutch Kills Home 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 standard checklist for the home:

* Air Conditioning and controls
* Heat controls and pumps
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
* Fascias, soffits, and eaves
* Drainage and grading
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Landscape
* Retaining walls
* Heating equipment and controls
* Distribution systems and ducts
* Fire places
* Driveway
* Indoor doors and hardware
* Roofing system
* Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.
* Ceilings, walls, floors
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Decks
* Bricks, masonry
* Basement, crawlspaces, and foundation
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Electrical system and panels
* GFCI, outlets, electrical grounding
* Smoke detectors


Other tests that aren’t part of the normal inspection may require an extra charge.

· Alarm System
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Termites
· Sprinkler System Test
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Septic systems

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your home has a large number of systems and about 10,000 pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they work together, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the device, however, can produce assorted problems leading to a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with out a reputable and qualified mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your home 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 make informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Most people believe that everything is inspected comprehensive on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to become upset making use of their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there is a acceptable reason for this.

When you hire individual licensed experts in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to inspect your property, it would take about fifteen hours and cost you about $2000! It is a bit more practical to get an expert inspector that has a general knowledge of home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by a professional if needed. Your inspector is usually following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are meticulously written to protect both your property as well as the inspector.

For example, we’re told to NOT turn systems on if these were off prior to the inspection (for safety reasons); we are not allowed to move furniture (might harm something); banned to turn on water whether it is off (possible flooding), and banned to break by way of a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side in this practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing under the furniture, and enough sleep. in the attic or crawlspace, we might miss identifying a problem. However, placed into perspective, the likelihood of missing something serious due to this is rather low. There are other products that more than 90% of inspectors consider outside a regular inspection, for example inspecting most things who are not bolted down (installed inside home) like electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems like water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

Living in Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills refers to the surrounding neighborhood in what is now Long Island City. Dutch Kills is a part of the Queens, New York City neighborhood named after the first district of the city, the Netherlands, which occupied what is now Queens Plaza and was called Dutch Kill. 

A hotchpotch of artists, small businesses, and manufacturers has made room in renovated Dutch Kills buildings, driven up prices, and set the stage for a long-talked-about rebirth of the neighborhood that can compete with the better one – Hunters Point. Estate agents and developers in the area say companies from neighbouring communities are also keeping an eye on prices. While brokers are trying to capitalize on Astoria’s popularity, Dutch Kill’s address has become known as “Astoria” or “Long Island City,” according to the New York Times. On Sunday, the owners announced the closure of the Dutch Killing Centre, located at 38-40 29, which will close definitively at the end of this year, with a final closing date of March 31. 

When Dutch Kills was founded in 1642, it was a swampy area, with scattered farms and mills. In the 1640s, Dutch settlers from the Netherlands, New York, and other parts of Europe settled in the area to cultivate the rich soil.

Dutch Kills neighborhood was designed for light industry, while actual land use remained largely residential, many of the new Queens hotels were built in the old Dutch Kills zones. The hotels are okay Okay, but Real estate developers have found a profitable niche in the market. It follows a similar pattern of gentrification that stretches from Michael Bloomberg to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. 

The Stillers saw the bar and restaurant as a meeting place for the Dutch Kills community and began converting the unattractive JFK Commuter Plaza into “Dutch Kills Green” in 2005. In 2010, Richard Boccato and the late Sasha Petraske opened a craft cocktail lounge and created something called Centraal, a Dutch spelling of the word central. The restaurant also opened a small gallery next door, which maintained the neighborhood’s identity as a drinking and community center.

Although LIC is a neighborhood, it actually consists of a number of smaller neighborhoods, including Dutch Kills GMAP, a group of neighborhoods north of the Queensboro Bridge. Originally called the LIC in the city, most considered it to be the entire borough of Queens as well as parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The northern border is controversial among locals, but it is normally seen between 35th and 36th Avenues and would lie north of the Queensboro Bridge until it reaches Astoria.

In 2011 Dutch Kills began the transition from predominantly industrial to upscale residential construction, and one area was particularly affected. The old offices of the Long Island Star, which produced a long-running newspaper, were destroyed by the rubble. Historically, the farms that settled along the Kill stream were part of a plan to build a light industry and a large industrial complex on the west side of the river.

Blissville, which has the postcode 11101, is a Long Island City neighborhood bordered by the East River, Queens River and the Brooklyn-Queens border, located on the west side of the Kill. In 1891, he was admitted to the Long Island City community as part of the New York borough of Queens. 

Dutch Kills was the first European settlement in Western Queens and one of the last to jump into the development pool. Dutch Kills merged with other neighborhoods from Long Island City and other parts of Queens to form Long Island City in the 1870s. 

The once predominantly industrial Long Island City neighborhood was transformed by a redevelopment in 2001 that ushered in a development boom that has dotted the area with residential high-rises. The Citibank Tower, built in the 1980s, is a symbol of its transformation, but the rise of new apartment buildings in Dutch Kills and other parts of Queens has given the old neighborhood a high-end feel. According to a 2010 report by the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half of Long Island City’s residents live within a half-mile of one of these high-rise buildings. 

The benefits of living in a city are beyond cheaper property and cheaper rents. The area has long been primarily for manufacturing, but there are a number of high-rise buildings in the area, some of which are seven-story premium rental apartments. Dutch Kills is home to towering glass towers and modest shops, including workshops that have been a staple there for decades. 

Windmill Tap & Grill is about to open and, as far as restaurants in Dutch Kills are concerned, it presents the area with food and drink with a modern flair. Live music, live music and atmospheric cocktails served in romantic surroundings, unusual cocktails are served after unusual drinks. 

Dutch Kills Home Inspection Experts

If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, and affordable condo, home, or townhome inspection in Dutch Kills, look no further. We understand you have choices and we’d be honored to send one of our inspectors out to inspect your home and property. We’re committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. Email or call one of our staff members (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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