Complete Home Inspection
Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, as to minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planning to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having an inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.
How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
Every home inspection is different. A lot depends on the size of the home, the age of the systems and the number of questions you have. However, you should plan on 2 to 3 hours to complete an inspection on a single home.
Can a Home Inspection Fail?
NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.
Do I Have to Be There?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how the systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property firsthand through the inspector's eyes.
When Will I Get My Report?
Because we won't use simple check-list style reports, we complete your report off-site. Generally, you will have your report within a few hours of completing your inspection. In every instance you will have it within 24 hours of your inspection
What Really Matters
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.
Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. The author points out that having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
• It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party. It helps you to price your home realistically.
• It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ... Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later..
• There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
• You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
• It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
• It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
• It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
• It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
• Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.
1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
2. Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
3. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. This condition may invite the comment of "inaccessible" which may incur a re-inspection and a delay in closing.
7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
8. Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
10. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!
The purchase of a property will likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lives. Comfort Zone Home Inspections uses a flat pricing scale because we want you to feel comfortable knowing we will stay there until every question is answered to your satisfaction. There are no hidden costs associated with our inspections. Don't be fooled by individuals whose training consist of viewing a video tape for 2 hours and then print business cards claiming to be a "Home Inspector". Our entire staff of inspectors have been inspecting homes for many years.
What We Inspect
We will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, inside and out.
Comfort Zone Home Inspection has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with a thorough and professional, non-intrusive, visual inspection of your home, from roof to foundation.
Outside the home, we will check the exterior walls, roof, driveway, deck, etc., and then we will move inside to examine the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. The heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems will all be examined to ensure that they function as intended. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms receive a thorough check, along with the attic and basement or crawl space.
Here are some of the many items we will be looking at during your home inspection:
• Foundation and support structure
• Roof systems
• Basement seepage
• Safety controls
• Water heater
• Electrical capacity & components
• Structural integrity
• Steps and stairs
• Heating system
• Central Air Conditioning system
• Walks and driveways
• Built-in appliances
• Plumbing system & fixtures
• Garages, Carports, Workshops or other external buildings
• Surface drainage
• Windows & doors
• Gutters & downspouts
• Sump pumps We invite you to come along and watch as we inspect your home, and you are free to ask questions at any time during your home inspection. For more information on home inspections, please browse the rest of our web site. If you have any questions, please contact us.
To provide home buyers and sellers in the Western New York area the absolute best value in home inspections.
Comfort Zone Home Inspections was founded in 2010 with a very simple business plan... Do the best job at a very reasonable price. It has remained our core value to this day, we offer expert home inspections at one of the lowest prices in the area.
Over the last 7 years Comfort Zone Home Inspections has completed well over 700 home inspections. Our inspectors are members in good standing with Western New York Alliance of Home Inspectors.
Comfort Zone Home Inspections conducts all their inspections in accordance with the New York State Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
New York State requires 12 hours of continuing education per year. We personally try to double that amount as long as there are classes available that we feel will be helpful to us and our clients. Also we meet with other Home inspectors in the area once a month to help improve our techniques and processes to make us the best we can be.
Your home is one of the biggest investments that you will make. Choosing the right home inspector for this major investment can be difficult.
Unlike most professionals, you may not have the opportunity to meet us until after you hire us.
Different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and yes, different pricing. One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work, a lot of work. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector's own effort.
If you honor us by permitting Comfort Zone Home Inspections to inspect your new home, I guarantee that we will give it our very best effort.
Daniel Gervasi NYS Lic # 16000041368 (716) 860-6181 Micheal Grabowski
NYS Lic# 16000041344
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