Upstate NY and Albany Home Inspection Service FAQs
What does our Albany home inspection service include?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are unsafe or not performing correctly. If a problem or a concern is found, our Albany home inspection service will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.
Why is a home inspection important?
Home Buyers: Excitement often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before moving in. Vacant homes and foreclosure homes are often subject to higher risks of problems since they are unoccupied and in most cases the power has been off for some time.
Home Owners: New York state has some of the most extreme weather in the entire country with heavy rains, snow storms and floods. Most New York homes are designed to withstand these weather conditions. Over time, these types of conditions add stress to the home, usually referred as wear and tear. Home owners often assume that if the water runs and the lights turn on, the home is structurally sound, but in some cases they are not. Water leaks, poor insulation, poor electric and many small items can make a big difference in the safety of your loved ones. Usually minor problems can be corrected at a minimal cost and have a positive impact on reducing some of your long term utility expenses. Most importantly, our Albany home inspection service from Hawks Eye Home Inspectors can stop a minor problem from become a costly nightmare.
Home Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their home. First and foremost, you should have a home inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the home. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated a price and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Our upstate NY home inspection solutions vary from a simple fixes to adjusting the purchase price. Having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
What does a home inspection include?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected.
For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home, and a home inspector not tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if there are no issues with the home, but be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.
What areas do you service?
Upstate NY Home Inspectors serve all of Upstate NY including Albany, NY, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley, Saratoga, Latham, Catskills, Wynantskill, Loudonville, Schenectady, Delmar, Glenmont, Selkirk, Troy, Cohoes, and Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie & Washington Counties.