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Home Inspection Services in Far Rockaway

If you’ve been around as long as I have, then you’ll already understand the value of home inspections in Far Rockaway. 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 his or her weight should be able to pinpoint the primary systems that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new homeowner. A competent inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure greatly.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a house (roofing, electrical, plumbing, structure, cooling and heating, etc.) and should give the customer a better understanding of the home’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.

More often than not, it is a homebuyer who asks for an inspection of the home they are serious about buying. An inspection of the home provides data points 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 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 something inspected fails in the future.

Note: You can purchase warranties for several items in the house.

Far Rockaway Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property as a final evaluation, but rather an evaluation of the property on the day it is inspected, considering normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. A home inspection can also include for extra of course pest inspections, pool inspections, energy audits, Radon testing, water testing, energy audits, and other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are also conducted (less often) by a home seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by home 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 close attention to during an inspection:

1. Safety hazards, such as exposed electrical wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, no safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), etc.

2. Serious defects, such as large cracks in the home’s foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed properly, and others. These are items that are costly to fix, which are items needing over two percent of the purchase price to fix.

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

Your home inspector should be able to advise you about what you should do about these areas of concern. He may recommend an evaluation on serious matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who are specialists in the problem areas. For example, your inspector will advise you phone a licensed building engineer if they find areas of the home that are misaligned, as this could indicate a major structural problem.

Home inspections are just conducted by a buyer when he or she signs a formal agreement, right?

This is false! As you might find once you keep reading, a home inspection may be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by way of a current home owner, a proactive technique by home owners to produce their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the situation of the potential home.

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

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

· A home inspection can help the homeowner be more objective as it pertains to setting a good price on the home.

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

· The homeowner may take the report and make it into an advertising piece for the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Who says you can’t? Of course you can. Unfortunately, most buyers lack the skill, knowledge, and objectivity necessary to skillfully inspect a property 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 much 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 attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is a generalist and has broad training and experience in most of the major home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a great idea for you to be present throughout the inspection – whether you’re a home buyer, seller, or home owner. With you there, the inspector can show you any defects and explain their importance as well as point out maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s not a problem considering that the report you get will be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that’s unclear in the report. Also browse the inspection agreement carefully so you know what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If there is a trouble with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you prefer the inspector to return following the inspection showing you things, this is 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 home inspection 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 (some might even call it nagging) make the process painfully slow. Jot 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 individual units within a single 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 on the hook for maintaining the community boilder 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. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the unit including plumbing, electrical, porches, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still a must. As you know well, Home Owners Associations are a fickled bunch, to be honest. And they’re all very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about our policy and we’ll be honest with you. If we can inspect your unit, 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.

Far Rockaway Home Inspections Include

The following list (of systems and inspection items) 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:

· Heating equipment and controls
· Distribution systems and ducts
· Fireplaces
· Air Conditioning and controls
· Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.
· Ceilings, walls, floors
· Window systems
· Walls, patios, doors, walkways, windows
· Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation
· Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors
· Electrical system, panels
· Fire detectors
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Kitchen appliances (dishwasher, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, microwave, disposal, trash compactor)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
· Insulation and ventilation systems
· Drainage and grading
· Driveways
· Entry stairs, handrails
· Decks
· Bricks, masonry
· Bushes, trees, shrubs, lawn
· Retaining walls
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Fascias, soffits, and eaves

Other tests that are not a part of the original inspection sometimes require an extra fee.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your new home has dozens of systems and approx. 10,000 pieces – from heating and cooling to ventilation and to appliances. When appliances and systems work together, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the device, however, can produce a myriad of problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you get a used car without a reputable and qualified mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your property is far more complex, and to have a thorough inspection that’s 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 feel that everything is inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer to generally be upset using their inspector. The inspections we all do are certainly not exhaustive and there is a valid reason for this.

If you hired separate licensed experts in hvac, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect your house, it will take about fourteen hours and cost you about $2000! It is a lot more practical to use an established inspector who’s a general information about home systems, knows what to look for, and can suggest further inspection by an experienced professional if needed. Your inspector can also be following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written in order to protect both the house and also the inspector.

Here are some examples, we are told to NOT turn systems on if they were off during the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not able to move furniture (might harm something); a no-no to turn on water whether it is off (possible flooding), and a no-no to sneak through the sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The negative effects of the practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing beneath the furniture, and not receiving into your attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, used in perspective, the possibilities of missing something serious for that reason is fairly low. There are additional items which more than 95% of inspectors consider outside an average inspection, including inspecting most things aren’t bolted down (installed inside home) such as electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems such as water purifiers, security systems, etc.

Living in Far Rockaway

Rockaway Beach is the longest urban beach in the United States, but the miles of beaches are accessible and explorable. There is a unique urban – meets – suburban scene, but if you are ready to explore it, there is much more to experience on the beach, including a variety of restaurants, bars, shops, restaurants and even a few hotels. 

Even with the pandemic, Rockaway Beach has become a place where New Yorkers can play boogie boogie music, play football, and collect mussels while remaining socially distant. The most striking theme is that the trip is worth it, because at the end of the day the view is of the sea. Other neighborhoods in Manhattan may take longer to reach Far Rockaways, but residents remain what keeps them active and tempts others to join the flock that moves to the coast. It slows them down and keeps the inhabitants at bay, encouraging others to join the flocks heading for the coasts. 

Typically, you take the LIRR to Jamaica or hire a private stagecoach to cross the marshlands on the way to Far Rockaway. The New York Beach Ferry will take you from Lower Manhattan to a stretch of beach that is still easily accessible, but is about 800 meters from the beach and just a few hundred meters from the road. If Riis is not close to the subway, he can take you by bus to the nearby Jamaica Beach ferry terminal, which is about an hour away. Some sun-seekers take the train from Canarsie to drive all the way to Jamaica, lurch along the slippery roads where they are taken by ferry to Rockaways Beach, which is halfway between Jamaica and the coast and completely bypasses Far Rockaway. Normally you have to travel with LirR from Jamaica to Long Island City and then take the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan. 

Buses run daily, meaning customers can drive them all the way from Long Island City to the ferry terminal without having to drive through Nassau County.

If you’re looking for insurance in Far Rockaway, Hughes & Associates of Queens is the only logical choice. Again, you can shop around to make sure you’re not paying a penny more for home insurance than you need to. They offer homeowners insurance and can be bought back at the best prices, making it easy not to pay more pennies than I do. 

CAMBA now has a site in Arverne, New York, but the majority of its clients attend schools in Brooklyn. Its program runs in 60 locations across New York, including more than 30 schools, and its programs run in more than 60 locations across New Jersey and 40 of the more than 60 locations in New Orleans. For example, Far Rockaway High School, an imposing school that outnumbered its size by 1,400 students, is now run by a private charter school in the Bronx and a public school in Long Island City. The former Beach Channel High School also closed in 2014 and has since been rebuilt to house several small specialized academies. It was in Rockaways Park in Far Rockaway, but was pulled out of Far Rockaway due to the high school attendance and lack of space. 

At the northern end of Far Rockaway lies West Riis, a cluster of 604 NYCHA apartments wedged between the Nassau border. In the 19th century it seemed to be swampy, crossing several streams that connected Jamaica Bay to the ocean, but there was little value in it, and there is little to no value in it today. West Riis is an unguarded beach populated by all the whites who have moved to Brooklyn in the past decade. 

The arrival of the subway in 1956 convinced many people that Far Rockaway as a whole was feasible – 24 hours a day. Today there is no two-way train to Far Rockaway, but there are some options, and they consist of a short walk from the station or an hour’s bus ride from West Riis. 

Proximity to the beach makes Far Rockaway one of the most popular destinations in New York City, and proximity to the beaches makes it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The funny thing is that you drive 60 blocks across the island and you’re looking for the same people you want to live as an outsider. As far as New Yorkers seem to be away, it feels like we’re like outsiders living in a different part of Brooklyn than the rest of New Jersey, or at least the parts of Long Island. Obolsky has reconsidered the transition from Brooklyn to the beaches, but there is nothing to upset him after a hard day at work or a long day at the office. 

Far Rockaway Home Inspection Experts

If you are searching for a reliable, professional, and affordable home, condo, or town home inspection in Far Rockaway, 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. E-mail or phone one of our staff members (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

Customer Reviews

Thank you so much for bending over backwards to accommodate us during the holidays. Great report too. Thanks.
Tanya A, Far Rockaway
Dietetic Technician
Whew. That was a load off our minds, the way you wrote that report. Went to seller and got about 50% of what we asked to be repaired prior to closing. Thanks for uncovering.
Marin K., Far Rockaway
Clinical Psychologist

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