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Home Inspection Services in Oakland Gardens

If you’ve been around, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections. A home inspection protects you the buyer against those obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his weight in gold will be able to pinpoint the major components and systems that could be ready to break down on you as a new homeowner. A decent inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure considerably.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection in Oakland Gardens is a formal professional evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components within a house (structure, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, roof, etc.) and should give the customer a better understanding of the home’s general state. Call today to schedule an appointment at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Typically, it is a homebuyer who requests an inspection of the home he or she is serious about purchasing. A home inspection provides data so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home questioned or confirmed, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair defects that the owner/seller may not be aware of. It is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not point out repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the property makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local building codes or protects a customer in the event an item inspected fails.

[Side note]: You can buy warranties for several key items in the home.

 

Oakland Gardens Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property 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. A home inspection can also include, for extra fees, pool inspections, water testing, Radon gas testing, pest inspections, energy audits, and several other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are also used (less often) by a homeseller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by homeowners simply wanting 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 a property inspection:

1. Major flaws, such as large differential cracks in the foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed properly, and others. These are items that are costly to repair, which we classify as entire systems needing more than two percent of the purchase price to repair.

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

3. Safety hazards, such as exposed electrical wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, no safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), etc.


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

Home inspections are performed by a buyer once they sign a contract, right?

This isn’t true! As you will discover when you keep reading, a home inspection can be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current home owner, a proactive technique by sellers to produce their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the problem of the potential home.

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


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

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

· The seller can take the report and make it into an advertising piece for the home.

· A home inspection may help the seller become more objective as it pertains to setting a reasonable price on the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

You most certainly can. However, often times, home buyers lack the objectivity, skill, and knowledge necessary to skillfully inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. By using the services of an expert home inspector, they gain a better understanding of the problem of the property; especially whether any items do not “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is a generalist and has broad training in most home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a great idea for you to be present throughout the inspection – whether you are a homebuyer, seller, or home owner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance as well as mention maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. In the event that 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 should be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that’s not clear in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If you have a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you want the inspector to return after the inspection to show you things, this is arranged and is advisable, however, the inspector could charge you extra since a second walk through not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your home inspection agreement

However, it’s important to let the inspector do the work you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interruptions and interference make the inspection unnecessarily 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 condominiums are individual units within a building, homeowners pay an assessment fee to a also is responsible for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many 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 condominium including walls, electrical, appliances, plumbing, balconies, and porches. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still critical. As you well know, HOAs are a fickle bunch. And they’re all so very different, even within a city. Ask us about our policy 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.

Oakland Gardens 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 receive, but the inspector will be following a standard check list for the property:
· Grading and site drainage
· Driveway
· Entry steps, hand rails
· Decks
· Masonry
· Shrubs, trees, bushes, lawn
· Retaining walls
· Roofing system
· Soffits, eaves, and fascias
· Walls, patios, doors, walkways, windows
· Foundation, basement, and crawlspaces
· Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors
· Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
· Laundry appliances (washer & dryer) if being sold with the home
· Floors, walls, ceilings
· Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
· Windows
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Electrical system and panels
· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
· Smoke (fire) detectors
· Insulation and ventilation systems
· Heating controls and equipment
· Ducts and distribution systems
· Fire places
· Heating and air conditioning
· Heat pumps and controls
· Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.


Some tests which are not a part of the original inspection sometimes incur an extra charge.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your home has lots of systems and more than 10,000 moving pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation and to appliances. When these systems and appliances work together, all is right with the world. Weak links in the device, however, can produce assorted problems leading to a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you get a used car without a reputable mechanic looking at it? Your property is far more complicated, and to have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a written report arms you with substantial information which to make informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Many people think that the entire home is inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer for being upset using their inspector. The inspections we perform are usually not exhaustive and there is a good reason for this.

Should you hire individual licensed experts in cooling and heating, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect your own home, it may well take about fifteen hours and cost you about $2000! It may appear far more practical (and affordable) to hire a professional inspector who may have a general familiarity with home systems, knows what to look for, and can suggest further inspection by an experienced professional if needed. Your inspector is also following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are meticulously written to protect both your house and the inspector.

Here are some examples, we have been directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off prior to the inspection (for safety reasons); we are not ready to move furniture (might harm something); not allowed to turn on water if it is off (possible flooding), and not allowed to sneak via a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The downside with this practice is always that by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and failing to get enough on the attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put into perspective, the chances of missing something serious because of this is fairly low. There are more things that more than 90% of inspectors consider outside an average inspection, including inspecting most things who are not bolted down (installed inside home) for example electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems for example water purifiers, home security systems, etc.

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Oakland Gardens Home Inspection Experts

If you’re searching for a professional, reliable, and affordable home, condo, or town home inspection in Oakland Gardens, your search is over. We understand you have choices and we would be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your home and property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. E-mail or phone one of our staff today (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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