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Home Inspection Services in Rikers Island

If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you’ll know all about home inspections in Rikers Island. A quality home inspection protects you the prospective home owner 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 become a problem for you as a new home owner. A competent inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure considerably.

Simply put, a home inspection is a formal professional evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home (roofing, electrical, plumbing, structure, cooling and heating, etc.) and is meant to give the client a better understanding of the home’s general state. Call today to book 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 asks for a formal evaluation of the home’s condition he or she is serious about purchasing. An inspection of the home provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be questioned or confirmed, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair defects that the seller/owner may not be aware of. A home inspection is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not address repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the home makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a client in the event an item inspected fails in the future.

Side Note: Warranties can be bought to cover several items.

Rikers Island Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider a home inspection as a complete evaluation, but rather property evaluation at this point in time, considering normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. A home inspection can also include for extra, Radon gas testing, water testing, energy audits, pest inspections, pool inspections and many other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are used (less often) by a seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by homeowners simply wanting 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 bare wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, no safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), etc.

2. Serious defects, such as large differential cracks in the foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed correctly, and others. These are items that are costly to repair, which are systems requiring over two percent of the purchase price to fix.

3. Things that could lead to major defects – i.e., a support beam that was not tied to the structure properly, a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, or damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

Your property inspector should counsel you about what you should do about these problems. He/she may recommend a formal evaluation on serious issues – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the problem areas. For example, your inspector may advise you call a licensed building engineer if he/she finds areas of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a major structural problem.

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

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

Homeowners, particularly, can take advantage of finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are simply a some of the advantages for the seller:


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

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

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

· The seller usually takes the report and make it into an advertising piece for the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most home buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity needed to skillfully 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 qualified home inspector, they gain an improved understanding 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 detailed attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is just a generalist and has broad training in every home system.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s recommended for you to 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 explain maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s not a problem considering that the report you receive will be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that’s not yet determined in the report. Also browse the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If you have a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to go back following the inspection to show you things, this is often arranged and is recommended, 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 important to let the inspector do the work you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interference and interruptions (some might even call it nagging) make the process painfully slow. Jot 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, homeowners pay an assessment fee 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 suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the condominium including electrical, plumbing, porches, balconies, appliances, and walls. There are less 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 fickled lot, to be honest. And they’re all very different, even within a city. 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.

Rikers Island Home Inspections Include

The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will be following a standard checklist for the property:

· Electrical system and panels
· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
· Ducts and distribution systems
· Parking areas on the property
· Heat pumps and controls
· Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
· Heating equipment and controls
· Drainage and grading
· Fascias, soffits, and eaves
· Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways
· Bushes, trees, shrubs, lawn
· Retaining walls
· Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
· Windows and window gaskets
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Heating and air conditioning
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Walls, floors, ceilings
· Safety items such as TPRV valves, railings, egress etc.
· Bricks, masonry
· Entry stairs, handrails
· Decks
· Plumbing systems and fixtures
· Garage doors, walls, and floors

Some tests which aren’t a part of the normal inspection may incur an additional fee.

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

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your home has lots of systems and about 9800 pieces – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they work together, all is well with the world. Weak links in the device, however, can produce a myriad of problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car without a qualified mechanic taking a look at it? Your home is far more complex, and to have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a report arms you with substantial information to make informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Plenty of people believe everything is inspected in depth on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to become upset with their inspector. The inspections we do usually are not exhaustive and there’s a justified reason for this.

Should you hire separate licensed experts in heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect the house, it would take about fifteen hours and run you around $2000! It is more practical (and affordable) to employ an experienced inspector that has a general comprehension of home systems, knows what to consider, and can suggest further inspection by an authority if needed. Your inspector is likewise following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are meticulously written in order to protect both your property and the inspector.

For instance, we’re instructed to NOT turn systems on if these were off prior to the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not in a position to move furniture (might harm something); a no-no to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and a no-no to sneak through the sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side on this practice is the fact that by not operating a control, by not seeing within the furniture, and enough sleep. into the attic or crawlspace, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put into perspective, the possibilities of missing something serious due to this is quite low. There are more goods that more than 90% of inspectors consider outside a typical inspection, including inspecting most things which aren’t bolted down (installed within the home) just like electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems just like water purifiers, security alarms, etc.

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Rikers Island Home Inspection Experts

If you’re looking for a affordable, reliable, and professional home, condo, or townhome inspection in Rikers Island, your search is over. We understand you have choices and we’d 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 happy. Email or call one of our staff now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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