Home Inspection Services in Queensbridge
If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you’ll know all about home inspections. A quality 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 identify the primary systems and components that could be ready to break down on you as a new buyer. A competent inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure greatly.
Typically, a home inspection is a formal detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible components and systems within a home (plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, structure, roof, etc.) and is intended to give the customer a better understanding of the home’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.
Typically, it is a homebuyer who asks for an evaluation of the home he or she is serious about buying. An inspection of the home provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive-to-repair and serious defects that the homeseller may not be aware of. It is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not address repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, a home inspection makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a customer in the event an item inspected fails.
Sidenote: You can purchase warranties to cover many items in the home.
Queensbridge Home Inspection Specialists
Don’t consider an inspection of the home as an exhaustive evaluation, but rather property evaluation at this point in time, considering normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the property can also include Radon testing, pest inspections, pool inspections, water testing, energy audits, and other specific items that may be location-specific.
Home inspections are conducted (less often) by a home seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by home owners simply wanting to care for their homes, prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value as high as possible
The following are areas that inspectors pay close attention to when inspecting your property:
1. Safety hazards, such as no safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), bare electrical wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, etc.
2. Things that could lead to major defects – i.e. damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof leak that could get bigger, or a support beam that was not tied to the structure properly.
3. Major 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 items are expensive to fix, which we classify as systems needing more than two percent of the purchase price to fix.
Your inspector should be able to advise you about what to do about these problems. She may recommend a formal evaluation on matters – by licensed or certified professionals who are specialists in the problem areas. For instance, your inspector may recommend you phone a licensed building engineer if they find sections of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural problem and one that might cost thousands to fix
Home inspections are merely paid for by a buyer after they sign an agreement, right?
This is false! As you will discover once you read on, a home inspection may be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool with a current home owner, a proactive technique by sellers to make their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the situation of the potential home.
Homeowners, particularly, can take advantage of finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a several advantages for the home owner:
· The home owner knows the house! The home inspector will be able to have answers to his/her questions on the history of any problems they find.
· A home inspection will help the home owner become more objective when it comes to setting a reasonable price on the home.
· The home owner can take the report and make it into an advertising piece for the home.
· The home owner will soon be alerted to any safety issues found in the house before they open it up for open house tours.
· The home owner may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a rush after the contract is signed.
Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?
You most certainly can do it yourself. Unfortunately, most home buyers lack the objectivity, skill, and knowledge necessary to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of a qualified home inspector, they gain an improved knowledge of the situation of the property; especially whether any items do not “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more attention” by a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is a generalist and has broad experience in every home system.
Should I Be There at the Inspection?
It’s a good idea for you to be present through the inspection – whether you are a homebuyer, seller, or home owner. With you there, the inspector can point out any defects and explain their importance in addition to point out maintenance features which would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s not a problem since the report you receive will soon be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you ought to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that is not clear in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully which means 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 to show you things, this is often 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 to let the inspector do the work 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 condominiums are individual units within a single building, homeowners pay assessments to a home owners association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the maintenance and upkeep of all exteriors including the building itself (lighting, exterior walls, roof, etc.), stairways, fire escapes, landscaping, sidewalks, and parking areas. Depending on the size of the building, the is also responsible for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own boiler that acts as the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condominium including plumbing, electrical, porches, 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 lot to be brutally honest. 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 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.
Queensbridge Home Inspections Include
The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will follow a standard checklist for the property:
* Drive ways
* Entry stairs, handrails
* Bricks, masonry
* Retaining walls
* Soffits, eaves, and fascias
* Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways
* Crawlspaces, basement, and foundation
* Garage walls, doors, and doors
* Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
* Ceilings, walls, floors
* Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
* Window systems
* Interior doors and hardware
* Plumbing fixtures and systems
* Electrical system and panels
* Electrical outlets, GFCI, and grounding
* Fire detectors
* Ventilation systems and Insulation
* Heating controls and equipment
* Ducts and distribution systems
* Heating and air conditioning
* Heat controls and pumps
* Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.
Some tests that aren’t part of the normal inspection sometimes require an extra fee.
· Mold Screening
· Radon gas test
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Septic System Inspection
· Gas Line Leak Test
· Water quality test
· Termite Inspection
Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?
Your home has a large number of systems and over 10,000 parts – from heating and cooling to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they interact with each another seamlessly, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the machinery, however, can produce problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you buy a used car without a qualified mechanic looking at it? Your home is far more complicated, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a written report arms you with substantial information where to create informed decisions.
What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection
Most of the people think that everything is inspected detailed on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to become upset utilizing their inspector. The inspections we all do are not exhaustive and there’s a acceptable reason for this.
In the event you hired separate licensed experts in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to inspect the house, it will take about 14 hours and run you around two grand! It is a bit more practical (and affordable) to engage an experienced inspector who’s a general information about home systems, knows excellent customer service, and can suggest further inspection by a professional 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 property and the inspector.
For instance, we have been directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not allowed to move furniture (might harm something); banned to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and banned to destroy through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side on this practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and not receiving in to the attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put in perspective, the chances of missing something serious for this reason is rather low. There are more items that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside an average inspection, for example inspecting most things which are not bolted down (installed inside the home) such as electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems such as water purifiers, security systems, etc.
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If you’re searching for a affordable, reliable, and professional condo, home, or townhome inspection in Queensbridge, your search is over. We get that you have choices and we would be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. E-mail or phone one of our staff (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.
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