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Home Inspection Services in Hollis Hills

If you’ve been around as long as I have, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections in Hollis Hills. A 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 or her weight in gold will be able to pinpoint the primary systems that could be ready to break down on you as a new home owner. A good inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure considerably.

Typically, a home inspection is a formal professional evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components within a home (heating and cooling, electrical, roofing, plumbing, roofing, structure, etc.) and is meant to give the client a clearer understanding of the unit’s general condition. Phone today to book an inspection 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 inspection of the home he or she is serious about buying. A home inspection provides data points so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home confirmed or questioned, and can uncover expensive and serious defects that the homeseller may not be aware of. It is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not point out repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the home makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a client in the event an item inspected fails in the future.

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

Hollis Hills Home Inspection Specialists

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

Home inspections are also paid for (less often) by a seller prior to putting the property on the market 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 areas that inspectors pay close attention to when inspecting your home:

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

2. Major flaws, such as large differential cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported correctly, and others. These are items that are pricey to fix, which are systems requiring over two percent of the buy price to fix.

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

Your property inspector should counsel you about what to do about these problems. She may recommend a formal evaluation on serious issues – by certified and/or licensed professionals who are specialists in the problem areas. For example, your inspector may advise you call a licensed building engineer if he/she finds sections of the home that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a major structural deficiency and one that would cost thousands to repair.

Home Inspections are merely done by a buyer once they sign a formal contract, right?

This is false! As you will discover whenever you keep reading, a home inspection may be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool by a current homeowner, a proactive technique by home owners to produce their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the problem of the potential home.

Sellers, specifically, can benefit from getting a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a some of the advantages for the seller:

· The seller knows the house! The home inspector will be able to have answers to his/her questions on the real history of any problems they find.

· A home inspection may help the seller be much more objective in regards to setting a fair price on the home.

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

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

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

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Who says you can’t? Of course you can. Unfortunately, most home buyers lack the objectivity, skill, and knowledge 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 knowledge 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” with a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is just a generalist and has broad 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 home buyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance in addition to explain maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem considering that the report you obtain will be very detailed. If you are not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that is not yet determined in the report. Also read 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 difficulties quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to come back after the inspection showing 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 make the process painfully slow. Write 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, owners pay assessments to a also is responsible for maintaining the community boiler system 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. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condo 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 critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickled lot. And they’re all so very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about our policy 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.

Hollis Hills 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 be following a standardized checklist for the home:

· Electrical system, panels
· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
· Distribution systems and ducts
· Fireplaces
· Parking areas on the property
· Kitchen appliances (dishwasher, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, microwave, disposal, trash compactor)
· Laundry appliances (washer and dryer) if being sold with the house
· Heating equipment and controls
· Site drainage and grading
· Soffits, eaves, and fascias
· Walls, patios, doors, walkways, windows
· Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
· Retaining walls
· Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
· Windows and window gaskets
· Heating and air conditioning
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Floors, walls, ceilings
· Safety items such as TPRV valves, railings, egress etc.
· Masonry
· Hand rails, entry steps
· Decks
· Plumbing fixtures and systems
· Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation
· Garage walls, doors, and doors

Some tests that aren’t a part of the original inspection sometimes require an extra fee.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your home has dozens of systems and more than 9900 parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation and to appliances. When they interact with each another seamlessly, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the device, however, can produce problems leading to a loss in value and shortened system lifecycle. Would you get a used car without a qualified mechanic taking a look at it? Your house is far more complicated, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a report arms you with substantial information where to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

The majority of people feel that all things are inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to get upset using their inspector. The inspections we do usually are not exhaustive and there’s a good reason for this.

In the event you hired individual licensed experts in air conditioning, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to examine your property, it may well take about fourteen hours and run you about two grand! It is far more practical (and affordable) to get an experienced inspector who may have a general information about home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by an experienced professional if needed. Your inspector is likewise following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written to safeguard both your property and also the inspector.

For instance, I am told to NOT turn systems on if these were off during the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not ready to move furniture (might harm something); unacceptable to turn on water if it’s off (possible flooding), and unacceptable to get rid of by using a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside on this practice is the fact that by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and not receiving on the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, used in perspective, the chances of missing something serious for that reason is very low. There are many products that 96% of inspectors consider outside an ordinary inspection, for example inspecting most things that aren’t bolted down (installed inside home) for example electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems for example water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

Living in Hollis Hills

 Famous PS 188 Primary School whose fame and reputation has steadily driven up property prices over the years. The area is largely unknown, with only a shopping mall and restaurants located in the heart of one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, just blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge. 

The only shops and restaurants in the community are in small groups and the only grocery stores in West Hollis, a neighborhood with fewer than 1,000 residents. Westollis Station is home to a freight station that has been shared with St Albans for over a century and has included the Hillside Maintenance Facility since 1991. 

The closest proximity to Manhattan is by driving to the nearby Jamaica Center and Parsons Archer stops or by walking or cycling. Alternatively, commuters can take the E or F train or the Q46 bus from Westollis Station to New York’s Central Park. Another option is to drive to West Hollis or cross the Queensboro Bridge or the Hudson River Bridge, both of which are just outside Manhattan. 

Hollis Hills also has some of the best public schools in Queens, which has the second-highest percentage of students in New York City’s public schools as a district. The American Roman Catholic Martyrs “School has 235 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and District 26 (which itself leads the city) is ahead in student numbers. 

New Yorkers live an average of 81.2 years, according to the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the numbers vary significantly, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. Manhattan has the highest average life expectancy, at 80.5 years, while the Bronx has the lowest, at 84.9 years, and Brooklyn the second lowest – the highest, at 83.4 years.

According to the New York Department of Health and Mental Health, preterm births and teen births in Hollis were more common in 2018 than anywhere else in the city. The average age of birth for teens in Queens County is 18, more than twice the age of the rest of New Jersey and nearly twice the age of the city as a whole, the Eagle reports. 

In Long Island City and Astoria, one in four said they had drunk in the past 30 days, the highest in Queens, and an estimated 20% of residents have behaved in ways that make them struggle to pay their rent, compared with 56% in Hollis and Jamaica. According to New York Department of Health data, one in eight residents, or 12%, is unemployed, compared to the city as a whole. An estimated 1.2 million people in New Jersey live in poverty, compared with 2.5 million in Manhattan and 3.4 million in Brooklyn. In Queens County, on average, one in ten residents (18%) live below the federal poverty line ($15,000 per year), and one in five residents live below the federal poverty line (2%) compared to the rest of the state.

According to Community Health Profiles, 14 percent of Queens residents are coma drinkers, the highest rate in the city and more than twice the national average. 

In general, Hollis Jamaica had the highest proportion of college students in 2018 – educated residents of a New York City district. 51% of residents had a college degree and a higher education; 19% had less than a higher education, while 25% of residents in the most affluent districts of the district had no higher education. 

While the aging population points to better health, it also poses challenges in a city where housing and other resources are scarce. As the Queen’s Eagle reports, many seniors in Queens are struggling to find affordable housing, while resources like senior centers are threatened with closure. 

Although you do not need to be a practicing Christian or Jew to qualify for the right to live in Hollis Hills, there are several churches and synagogues in the neighborhood. Holles Hills Jewish Center has served the community since the religious community moved in in 1948, offering a variety of enrollment programs for families, as well as a wide range of educational programs and services. 

On the Creedmoor campus, one of the best-kept secrets of the neighborhood, the Living Museum, exhibits art created by patients with mental illness. In 1912, the first mental health hospital in New York State opened with 32 patients, and in the following decades, the campus was expanded to include more buildings. Today, Creed Moor, which is still run by its original owners, has only a few hundred patients. Today, however, the thriving Queens County Farm Museum occupies the area once tended by patients and occupies much of its grounds. 

Alley Pond Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling and picnicking. Alley Pond and Cunningham Parks have running and cycling trails, as well as a playground and picnic area. 

The northern boundary of the community is formed by a forest path that is part of the New York State Park System, a public parking system. The border is on the slope, and the forest forms a buffer to the highway.

Hollis Hills Home Inspection Experts

If you are looking for a affordable, reliable, and professional townhome, condo, or home inspection in Hollis Hills, your search is over. 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 a satisfied customer. E-mail or phone one of our staff members now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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