Home Inspection Services in New Hyde Park
If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections in New Hyde Park. A quality 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 her weight in gold should be able to identify the primary systems and components that could be ready to break down on you as a new buyer. A great inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure considerably.
Simply put, a home inspection is a formal professional evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components within a home (roofing, electrical, plumbing, structure, cooling and heating, etc.) and is intended to give the customer a better understanding of the unit’s overall condition. Phone today to schedule 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 requests an evaluation of the home he or she is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home confirmed or questioned, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair defects that the owner/seller 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, an inspection of the property makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a customer in the event an item inspected fails.
Side Note: You can buy warranties to cover several key items in the home.
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Don’t consider an inspection of the home as a complete 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. An inspection of the home can also include pest inspections, pool inspections, energy audits, Radon testing, water testing, energy audits, and many other specific items that may be location-specific.
Home inspections are also paid for (less often) by a home seller before 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 property:
1. Safety hazards, such as lack of safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), bare wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, etc.
2. Major defects, such as large differential cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of level or plumb; decks not supported or installed correctly, and others. These are items that are expensive to repair, which we classify as entire systems needing more than 2% of the purchase price to repair.
3. Things that could lead to serious defects – damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof leak that could grow larger, or a beam that was not tied to the structure properly.
Your property inspector should advise you about what to do about these problems. He/she may recommend a formal evaluation on issues – by licensed or certified professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector will advise you phone a licensed structural or building engineer if he/she finds sections of the property that are out of alignment, as this could indicate a serious structural problem and one that might cost thousands to fix
Home Inspections are only performed by a buyer when he or she signs a formal contract, right?
This is simply not true! As you will see once you read on, a home inspection may be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by way of a current homeowner, a proactive technique by sellers to create their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the condition of the potential home.
Sellers, specifically, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a few of the advantages for the homeowner:
· The homeowner will make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry following the contract is signed.
· The homeowner will soon be alerted to any safety issues found in the house before they open it up for open house tours.
· The homeowner will take the report and allow it to be into an advertising piece for the home.
· A home inspection can help the homeowner be more objective as it pertains to setting a fair price on the home.
Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?
Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity needed to inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes inside and out, but they really don’t. By using the services of a professional home inspector, they gain an improved knowledge of the condition 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 really 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 personally be present through the inspection – whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance in addition to point out maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s not a problem because the report you obtain will soon be very detailed. If you are not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that is unclear in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully so you know what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If you have 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’d like the inspector to come back following the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is advisable, 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 contract
However, it’s very important to let the inspector do the job 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. 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 building, owners pay a monthly assessment fee to a also is responsible for maintaining the 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 condominium including walls, appliances, balconies, porches, plumbing, and electrical. There are fewer 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 fickle bunch. And they’re all very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about it 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.
New Hyde Park Home Inspections Include
The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you get, but the inspector will be following a standard checklist for the property:
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Bushes, trees, shrubs, lawn
* Retaining walls
* Soffits, eaves, and fascias
* Basement, crawlspaces, and foundation
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
* Windows and window gaskets
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* Electrical panels, electrical system
* Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
* Smoke detectors
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Heating controls and equipment
* Fire places
* Air Conditioning and controls
* Heat pumps and controls
* Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.
Some tests that aren’t a part of the standard inspection often incur an additional fee.
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Gas Line Leak test
· Septic systems
· Alarm System
· Sprinkler System test
· Water quality test
Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?
Your new home has lots of systems and approx. 9800 moving pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When these systems and appliances work together, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the machinery, however, can produce problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car with no qualified mechanic looking at it? Your house is far more complex, and to really 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
Many people believe all things are inspected exhaustive on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer for being upset with their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there’s a justification for this.
For those who hire separate licensed experts in cooling and heating, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to examine your home, it will take about fifteen hours and run you around $2000! It is more practical to get an experienced inspector who has a general familiarity with home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by an expert 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 carefully written to safeguard both your property and the inspector.
For example, we are instructed to not turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not able to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water whether it’s off (possible flooding), and against the rules to get rid of through the sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside on this practice is that often by not operating a control, by not seeing under the furniture, and to not get into the crawlspace or attic, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed in perspective, the prospect of missing something serious because of this is fairly low. There are additional things that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside an ordinary inspection, including inspecting most things that are not bolted down (installed within the home) like electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioners, or specialized systems like water purifiers, home security systems, etc.
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New Hyde Park Home Inspection Experts
If you are searching for a professional, affordable, and reliable town home, condo, or home inspection in New Hyde Park, look no further. We understand you have choices and we would be happy to send out one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We’re committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. E-mail or phone one of our staff now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.