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Home Inspection Services in Linden Hill

If you’ve been around for a while, then you’ll know all about home inspections. A home inspection in Linden Hill protects you the prospective homeowner 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 break down on you as a new buyer. A great inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure greatly.

Typically, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the accessible and visible components and systems within a home (cooling and heating, plumbing, roofing, electrical, structure, etc. and is intended to give the customer a better understanding of the home’s overall condition. Call today to schedule an inspection at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Typically, the inspection is a homebuyer who asks for an inspection of the home they are 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-to-repair and serious defects that the seller/owner may not be aware of. It is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not point out any 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 customer in the event something inspected fails in the future.

[Side note]: You can buy warranties for a multitude of items in the home.

 

Linden Hill Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property as a complete 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. An inspection of the home 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 also done (less often) by a homeseller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by owners simply wishing to care for their homes, prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value as high as possible

The following are aspects that inspectors pay close attention to during an inspection:


1. Safety hazards, such as bare electrical wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, lack of safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), etc.

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

3. Major flaws, such as large differential cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed properly, etc. These are items that are expensive to repair, which we classify as systems requiring more than 2% of the purchase price to repair.


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

Home Inspections are only performed by a buyer when they sign a contract, right?

This is not true! As you will see once you keep reading, a home inspection can be utilized for interim inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool by way of a current home owner, a proactive technique by homeowners to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to ascertain the problem of the potential home.

Homeowners, in particular, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a few of the advantages for the homeowner:


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

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

· The homeowner usually takes the report and ensure it is into a marketing piece for the home.

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

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most buyers lack the skill, knowledge, and objectivity 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 a qualified home inspector, they gain a better comprehension of the problem of the property; especially whether any items don’t “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” by a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is really a generalist and has broad training in most home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s wise for you to personally be present through the inspection – whether you are a buyer, seller, or home owner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance along with point out maintenance features which will be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s not a problem because the report you obtain will be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you ought to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that’s not clear 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 trouble with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the difficulties quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you would like the inspector to come back following the inspection to show you things, this is often arranged and is recommended, however, you could be charged extra since a second walk through not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your agreement

However, it’s very important for you 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. Write 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 units within a condo building, owners pay an assessment fee to a also is responsible for maintaining the HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. 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 qualified is still a must. As you well know, HOAs are a fickled bunch. 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.

Linden Hill 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 check list for the home:
· Site drainage and grading
· Driveways
· Handrails, entry stairs
· Decks
· Masonry
· Shrubs, trees, bushes, lawn
· Roofing system
· Fascias, soffits, and eaves
· Doors, walls, patios, walkways, windows
· Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
· Floors, walls, ceilings
· Windows and window gaskets
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Electrical system, panels
· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
· Smoke (fire) detectors
· Ventilation systems and Insulation
· Heating equipment and controls
· Ducts and distribution systems
· Fire places
· Air Conditioning and controls
· Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.


Other tests which aren’t a part of the normal inspection typically incur an additional charge.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your new home has lots of systems and approx. 9900 moving parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When these systems and appliances interact, all is well with the world. Weak links in the machinery, however, can produce a myriad of problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you buy a used car with no reputable mechanic taking a look at it? Your home is far more complex, and to really have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a report arms you with substantial information on which to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

A lot of people think that all things are inspected in depth on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer being upset with their inspector. The inspections we all do are usually not exhaustive and there’s a justified reason for this.

In the event you hired separate licensed experts in heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to examine your own home, it could take about 14 hours and run you around $2000! It is far more practical to engage a reliable inspector that has a general comprehension of home systems, knows what to look for, and can recommend further inspection by an expert if needed. Your inspector is usually following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written to protect both your house and also the inspector.

For example, we are told to NOT turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we are really not capable to move furniture (might harm something); unacceptable to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and unacceptable to break through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The side effects of the practice is that by not operating a control, by not seeing under the furniture, and failing to get enough on the attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed into perspective, the chances of missing something serious therefore is reasonably low. There are more products that about 94% of inspectors consider outside a normal inspection, and these include inspecting most things that aren’t bolted down (installed within the home) for instance electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioners, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, security systems, etc.

Living in Linden Hill

There are about 2.3 million people living in Queens, about half of whom live there with their families. The average commute of 43 minutes suggests that the majority of people there drive south of the city and north of the Hudson Valley to work. Eventually, more people in Linden Hill decide to walk to work every day, but the average commute for residents of the neighborhood is only about 20 minutes. Did you know that it has the second-highest number of homeless in a New York City borough, with more than 1,000 people per square mile of housing units per 1.5 square feet of land, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau? 

For those who choose to work in New York City, the subway is a relatively easy way to get around. The walk from Linden Hill across Manhattan’s Central Park West to the Manhattan Bridge leaves little doubt that no one is from Queens. Queens is a great place for young professionals and families who want to be in the middle of Manhattan, and it is. 

Mitchell Linden Branch is known as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in New York City and is located on Union Street. It also borders the Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing Meadows – Corona Park and is home to the US Tennis Open. Also here is the Brooklyn – Queens Tennis Center, which was once home to the US Tennis Open, and the Nassau County Courthouse. 

Also in the park is the Queens Museum of Art, which houses one of the largest architectural models ever built. It is home to a number of other Queens landmarks, including the Brooklyn – Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, as well as the Nassau County Courthouse. 

It has also developed a large and fast-growing Chinese community and satellites of Flushing Chinatown. There is a Koreatown that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s because of its proximity to New York City and has expanded to other parts of the city. Given its rapidly growing status, Flushed Chinatown may soon overtake it, but it is doubtful that it has already done so. 

In this article, we will explore the much-vaunted hood in northeast Queens by taking a look at the existing stock of homes and drinking habits of Linden Hill as seen through the eyes of its residents and visitors. In the neighborhood there are a number of restaurants, bars, shops and restaurants as well as a few restaurants and bars in Flushing. 

Queensboro Hill is part of the postcode 11355 – 11367 and contains the New York Hospital Queens branch. West of the sprawling Forest Park, Jackie Robinson Parkway runs along the east side of Linden Hill, bordering the park to the west, providing a nice ride up and down the green hills. 

Although the area was developed for residential development in 1889, Murray Hill was once home to several large nurseries owned by the King Murray Parsons family. There is a late 17th century historical museum operated by the Queens Historic Society, and the homes offer about 1,400 residents access to a variety of amenities including a library, theater, opera house and even a bowling alley. 

Murray Hill, which should not be confused with its Manhattan counterpart, is located east of downtown Flushing and has had an influx of Korean residents in recent decades. The neighborhood is an upper and middle-class enclave, with some homes still for sale for as little as $1,000 to $2,500 a month. Although the cost of living in Queens is higher than the average in America, it is still a relatively affordable place to live in New York City. Prices vary depending on the size of the house and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms available, but the median rent in Queens is about $1,400, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Ernest Mitchell owned an adjacent area known as Breezy Hill, and his father owned the area, which is now called Linden Hill. The official address of Cypress Hills is in Brooklyn, but you can enter through the neighborhood’s entrance from the Queens side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Ernest Mitchell’s father owned a house in an area we now call Lindon Hill in the early 20th century. There is Mount Hebron Cemetery, founded in 1909, located on a 1.5-acre lot on the west side and at 6,000 feet above sea level, the highest elevation of any cemetery in New York City. 

The city disintegrated and remained a township until 1898, when Queens became a New York City district. The name Flushing was associated with today’s neighborhood, and today the term “Flushing” is commonly referred to as Linden Hill, Lindon Hill Park, or even the neighborhood’s name. In 1898 Queens became part of the New York City, the city was dissolved, but the township remained in its original form until the dissolution of the borough in 1898, when it became the Queens borough. 

Linden Hill Home Inspection Experts

If you’re searching for a professional, affordable, and reliable townhome, condo, or home inspection in Linden Hill, look no further. We know you have choices and we would be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We’re committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. Email or call one of our staff members now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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