Frequently Asked Questions

What type of properties do you inspected?

What needs to be done prior to the inspection?

Why have an inspection agreement?

How long does it take for an inspection to be completed?

What is included in the inspection?

Should I accompany the inspector?

Will you be able to tell me if I should buy the property?

What are the rules for home inspectors in New York State?

Are there limits to the home inspection?

Will the inspection find everything that’s wrong with the home?

When will my home inspection report be ready?

Can I contact you with questions after I receive the report?

Are you insured and licensed?

There is a pet at the inspection site - is this a problem?

What about small children?

How is a Pre-Listing inspection different from a buyers inspection?

What are your service area?

Do you climb on roofs?

  • What type of properties do you inspected?
    ​Brownstones, Co-ops, Condos, single and multifamily houses, and townhouses.

     

  • What needs to be done prior to the inspection?

Prior to the inspection I confirm your information and the property address and email you or your agent an inspection agreement.   The Inspection agreement must be sign as soon as possible prior to the inspection date  before the home inspection can began.

  • Why have an inspection agreement?

As per NYS Home Inspection Rules and Regulation Title 19 subpart 197-4.2, a signed home inspection agreement is required before beginning the home inspection 
 

  • How long does it take for an inspection to be completed?

About 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on the age and size of the home and the weather conditions. The most important thing is the quality of the inspection and attention to detail, which can sometimes extend the inspection time.

  • What is included in the inspection?

A home inspection consist of a visual observation of the home's:

Heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, roofing, basement, attic, plumbing systems, electrical systems, walls, windows, doors, exterior of house, insulation, stairs, decks, balconies, stoops, walkways and porch. Railings are also inspected as well as eaves, soffits, and fascias, vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, garages, retaining walls etc.  Soon after the inspection is completed you will be provided a detailed report which will include information pertaining to areas of concern. 

  • Should I accompany the inspector?

If possible Yes, at some point before the conclusion of the inspection.  

  • Will you be able to tell me if I should buy the property?

No.  You will have to make that determination yourself. 
 

  • What are the rules for home inspectors in New York State?

It is important for our clients to fully understand what the law requires and what an inspection cover.  Please see the NYS Home Inspector Standards of Practice.  An inspection can uncover many issues, but it cannot do the impossible, which is to guarantee that no issues will happen in the future. It can only uncover possible current issues that are readily visible during the inspection.

  • Are there limits to the home inspection?

Yes.  To get a detailed idea of the scope of a typical home inspection, please review the NYS Standards of Practice for the Home Inspectors. It details everything a NYS licensed inspector is required and not required to do during an inspection.

  • Will the inspection find everything that’s wrong with the home?

It’s physically impossible to find every possible issue with a home, considering some issues can be behind walls, or may not be showing any outward signs that can be seen during a visual inspection.

  • When will my home inspection report be ready?

Generally, you'll have your report within 24 hours. Reports for inspections completed Saturday afternoon may not be completed until Monday, but every effort will be made to provide your report to you as soon as possible.

 

  • Can I contact you with questions after I receive the report?

Absolutely. Your report will be as detailed as humanly possible, complete with photos of defects.  I welcome any questions you may have about the report, or anything on the report that needs clarifying.
 

  • Are you Insured and Licensed?

Yes, I'm fully insured and New York State licensed.  I'm also certified by both the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (Internachi) and American Home Inspectors Training Institute, (AHIT).
 

  • There is a pet at the inspection site - is this a problem?

During an inspection, inspectors have to walk around the residence opening doors and windows, walking up and down stairs, and may leave and enter the residence multiple times.  To prevent potential problems it’s necessary that your pet is supervised during the inspection.
 

  • What about small children?

Due to the potential for injury, it is suggested that small children be supervised during the inspection. 

  • How is a Pre-Listing inspection different from a buyer's inspection?

It’s essentially the same report, but the seller is the client instead of the buyer. This is an invaluable tool for the seller. There may be issues with the property that can easily be fixed that can maintain or add value to the home if addressed prior to the house viewing.

  • What are your service area?

Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau, Long Island.

  • Do you walk on roofs?

It depends on the roof.  Brownstones, multi unit housing and single story ranch style homes are usually easy but some of the two story house roofs exceed our safety procedures. It also depends on the slope of the roof, condition of the roof covering, weather conditions, etc.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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