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Why Choose Heimer Engineering℠?

  1. Heimer Engineering℠ uses only State of New York Licensed Professional Engineers to perform pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co-op inspections.  You will not have to pay for a second inspection to check the structure
  2. Heimer Engineering℠ provides you with an on-site verbal report, an on-site summary report, a termite report, and a full emailed written report.
  3. Heimer Engineering P.C. BBB Business ReviewThe Better Business Bureau gives Heimer Engineering℠ an A+ rating.
  4. Heimer Engineering's℠ reports are emailed in mobile-friendly smartphone accessible PDF format.
  5. Heimer Engineering℠ includes cost factors where applicable in the written reports. This helps you understand the cost of needed repairs.
  6. Heimer Engineering℠ is a full-time Engineering company. Heimer Engineering℠ is here for you. You can always reach Heimer Engineering's℠ owner Harold Krongelb PE at 646.757.4511 or HK@heimer.com.
  7. Read on for more reasons to choose Heimer Engineering℠.

Six Reasons to Choose
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Pre-Purchase InspectionsAre you using a non-Engineer to perform the pre-purchase real estate inspection. Consider the following:

  1.  A Licensed Engineer does everything that a Home Inspector does, and more. A Home Inspector who is not a Licensed Engineer cannot advise you about structural soundness.
  2. Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection reports go through multiple quality control steps. Don't settle for an instant report that with its instant report errors.
  3. Becoming a Licensed Engineer requires a minimum of four years of Engineering College and four years of relevant experience, and passing two Engineering exams. A Licensed Engineer is required to take continuing education classes.
  4. Woman with magnifying glassEngineers seek solutions. When unusual conditions are found, Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineer acts as a detective to find the cause.
  5. Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineers assesses the systems of a building and how they work together. Both the function and the interaction of these systems must be evaluated.
  6. Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineers' training and experience help them detect deficiencies non-Engineers would miss. Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineers analyze areas of concern and provides you with Engineering recommendations.

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Co-op Inspections

New York townhouse co-opIn a co-op unit, you are generally responsible for maintenance of interior areas. It is easy to look at a co-op unit and think that the repairs needed are minor.

You may be assessed for repairs outside your co-op unit. For example, the cost of upcoming roof or boiler replacement may be assessed against all co-op unit owners. If permitted access at the time of the inspection, Heimer Engineering's Engineers check important common areas.

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Home Inspector Versus Heimer Engineering℠

Heimer Engineering LogoSome Home Inspectors have webpages bashing Engineers and making wild claims such as anyone can say he is a PE, and only a home inspector can evaluate the structure of an old building. Before you decide, learn the truth.

You may be told, "You shouldn't use an Engineer because they have so many disclaimers in their report". Heimer Engineering℠ discloses limitation in the report. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Heimer Engineering℠ is doing more for you than an ordinary Home Inspector. Naturally, there are more limitations that need to be disclosed to you.
  2. A non-Engineer Home Inspector can use a simple disclaimer: "I'm not an Engineer". Heimer Engineering℠ needs to be specific because much more is inspected.

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Why Pay Twice?

Why pay twice for your home, building, condo, and co-op inspection?Why risk having a low-cost or inexperienced inspector tell you, "only a Licensed Engineer can tell you if this crack is structural".

Heimer Engineering's℠ is often asked to perform an inspection after a non-Engineer has performed a home inspection. The non-Engineer's report stated, "Assessing the structural integrity of a building is beyond the scope of a standard building inspection." Assessing structural integrity is within the scope of a Licensed Engineer's inspection.

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Heating System

The Professional Engineer examines the heating system as part of the pre-purchase co-op inspection.Buildings in the Metro New York area that are occupied year-round have a heating system. The heating system keeps the co-op unit comfortably warm during the winter months. In some newer buildings and buildings, the heating system and air conditioning system are combined.

Common types of heating systems include forced hot air heat, hot water (or hydronic) heat, steam heat, and heat pumps. The source of fuel for the heating system can be oil, gas, or electricity.

You need to know whether the heating system will adequately heat the co-op on cold days. Heimer Engineering assesses the sufficiency of the heating system. Other things the Engineers assess include the age of the heating system, whether it will need replacement soon, whether there are hazardous conditions, if the heating system is outdated, etc.

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Hot Water System

The Professional Engineer examines the hot water system as part of the pre-purchase co-op inspection.Hot water is used for bathing and cleaning. Hot water serves a vital role in maintaining good health. To serve this role, hot water must be available at an appropriate temperature.

Most co-op units are served have a tankless hot water heater, a hot water heater with a storage tank, a hot water booster tank, or an indirect-fired hot water heater. It would be frustrating to move into your new co-op, and find that you do not have enough hot water the first time you shower.

Heimer Engineering evaluates the hot water system in your co-op and advise you if it is sufficient. You are also advised of the need to budget for upcoming replacement of the hot water system.

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Plumbing System

The Professional Engineer examines the plumbing as part of the pre-purchase co-op inspection.Plumbing describes different systems in a building. Plumbing can mean fixtures such as a sink or tub, the pipes that bring water to the fixtures, the pipes that drain the sewage from the fixtures, gas supply lines, underground sprinkler systems, and heating pipes. Heimer Engineering's Professional Engineers check the plumbing for function, leaks, sufficiency of water supply, etc.

One of the biggest concerns of many co-op purchasers is leakage. Water dripping from a pipe is an obvious leak. Other types of leakage can be difficult to detect, since all that is visible is a stain on a ceiling or a piece of duct tape wrapped around a drain line. The Engineer inspects for both obvious leaks and difficult to detect leakage.

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Electrical System

The Professional Engineer examines the electrical system as part of the pre-purchase co-op inspection.A modern co-op requires electricity to run many of its vital systems such as lighting, heating, hot water, appliances, the air conditioning system, etc. Because many of today's appliances require electric power, some existing buildings do not have enough electric circuits to support the demands of modern electrical usage.

Buildings with insufficient electric service may not be old. Even a building constructed 25 years ago may not have the electric wiring to support the today's needs.

Electric service insufficiency is often aggravated by owners who add appliances without properly upgrading the electric wiring. Even changing an electric oven to an electric self-cleaning electric oven may increase the electric loads to the point where the electric service needs to be upgraded. If an owner adds appliances without upgrading the electric service, a hazardous condition may be created.

Only a Licensed Electrician should open a circuit breaker because of the risks. A Licensed Electrician can correct hazards created by opening electrical panels. Someone who is not a Licensed Electrician lacks the experience to deal with hazards. If a problem develops because of opening the panel, the Inspector is not in a position to resolve the problem. A responsible Home Inspector will not open electrical panels.

DangerCommunities require electricians to be licensed, and prohibit anyone other than a Licensed Electrician from performing electrical work. (Exceptions are made for homeowners wiring their own home.)

Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineers can determine the condition of the wiring by visual examination. The question is why do some Home Inspectors insist on opening the circuit breaker panel when it creates a hazard. Can't these Home Inspectors see the risks and hazards on the outside?  Are these Home Inspectors missing wiring problems because of their narrow focus?

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Leaks and Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging and home, building, condo, and co-op inspections.Some Home Inspectors claim thermal imaging provides better information than traditional inspection methods. Claims of an ability to detect leaks and hidden structural defects have been used in home inspection advertising.

Contrary to what some Home Inspectors claim, thermal imaging cannot detect invisible leaks, concealed overheated wiring, structural defects, termite damage, old pipes, asbestos, and mold. Thermal imaging is looking at the infrared emissions (essentially, the temperature) of an object. Thermal imaging provides no special ability to detect concealed defect.

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Complaints and Reviews

Heimer Engineering PC BBB Business ReviewMany websites allow consumers to rate, recommend, or complain about a company. These reviews can assist or mislead consumers. The websites that post these reviews survive by generating advertising revenue.

The Better Business Bureau is careful about who posts reviews and complaints. Unlike other websites, the Better Business Bureau only posts verified reviews. The Better Business Bureau gives Heimer Engineering℠ a rating of A+.

Positive reviews show satisfied clients. Negative reviews from sellers are the equivalent of positive reviews from clients.

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Four Inspection Reports

On-Site Verbal ReportA lot of information is collected during an inspection by a Licensed Engineer from Heimer Engineering℠. Providing four inspection helps you understand the condition of the real estate you purchasing. All four reports are included in the inspection fee Heimer Engineering℠ quoted to you.

The On-Site Verbal Inspection Report is Heimer Engineering's℠ discussion of the inspection findings. The on-site verbal report provides instant information and the opportunity to ask the Engineer questions.

You are welcome to accompany the Engineer during the inspection and ask questions. The appropriate time for the Engineer to answer questions is after he has completed walking through the site. Answering questions before gathering information risks providing inaccurate answers.

The On-Site Written Inspection Report is a short-form report that highlights Heimer Engineering's℠ findings. This on-site report includes heating, termites, leaks, structure, hot water, electrical system, roof, etc.

Emailed Inspection ReportThe Emailed Written Inspection Report includes information relevant to the inspected home or building and to real estate purchases in general. Additional information is included so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the real estate.

The Emailed Written Inspection Report goes through three quality control reviews. Only after all of these reviews does Heimer Engineering℠ send you the report.

Some inspection companies provide an instant report. A home or building is a major purchase.  While quality control does not guarantee no errors, Heimer Engineering℠ makes every effort to minimize errors. Don't settle for an instant report that with its instant report errors..

The Termite Inspection Report is a specialized report banks often need to issue a mortgage. If there is no termite evidence, HHeimer Engineering's℠ termite inspection report is often sufficient to issue a mortgage. If there is termite evidence, then termite control measures are needed. The firm that applies the termite control measures then issues a termite inspection report.

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Inspection Photographic Images

These home inspectors fail to point out the limitations of the photographs, or how photographs can adversely affect reports.A Licensed Engineer's pre-purchase inspection is not performed to show you what the building looks like. Heimer Engineering's℠ reports are not driven by a photograph-based commercial inspection report software. Heimer Engineering℠ uses proprietary inspection report software written by a Licensed Engineer.

The Engineer assesses what is important regardless of how the defect looks in a photographic image. Heimer Engineering's pre-purchase inspection reports are based on providing you with the information needed to make an informed decision.

Photographic images included in a Home Inspector's report may show a gutter draining near a foundation wall, a crack in a path,  or siding shingles close to ground level. You never see photographs showing the insufficient electrical service, an undersized boiler, or that a structurally unsound house.

If you want to remember what a room looks like, take photographs. Photographic images add color to a report, but you need a Licensed Engineer to interpret the image. A Licensed Engineer provides a professional opinion regarding structural soundness, sufficiency of the heating system, sufficiency of the hot water system, sufficiency of the electrical system, etc.

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Mobile-Friendly Inspection Reports

Mobile friendly home, building, condo, and co-op inspection reportsOne cannot keep up with the changes that affect home purchasers. Updated information available via the internet. Heimer Engineering's℠ reports contain links that help you learn more about your prospective purchase.

Many people use smartphones to read emails. Heimer Engineering℠ emails a PDF of the inspection report. Heimer Engineering's℠ reports are mobile-friendly and can be viewed on most smartphones, allowing you quick access to the report.

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Is the Home Inspector a
Licensed Engineer?

New York State Licensed Engineer IDMany inspection companies send non-Engineer inspectors when the buyer requested a Licensed Engineer. At the site, the non-Engineer Inspector promises a review by an Engineer in the office. It is unethical to send a non-Engineer when you expect Engineering services.

When you retain a Licensed Engineer to perform a pre-purchase inspection, you expect a Licensed Engineer to visit the site. It is unethical for a home inspection company to send a non-Engineer when you expect the services of a Licensed Engineer. Heimer Engineering℠ uses only Licensed Engineers to perform pre-purchase inspections.

In New York State, a Licensed Engineer can obtain a state-issued identification card. When the Inspector arrives on site, ask to see the New York State Professional Engineer photo ID. A non-Engineer cannot lawfully obtain a State of New York Professional Engineer's photo ID.

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Environmental Inspections

Home, building, condo, and co-op inspections and the environment.Pre-purchase inspection standards specifically exclude environmental inspections. Some companies imply they provide environmental inspections by pointing out environmental concerns. These Inspectors often have limited environmental experience, and may unnecessarily alarm real estate purchasers.

The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ point out environmental concerns like other Inspectors. Heimer Engineering℠ will not deceive you by claiming the pre-purchase inspection is an environmental inspection.

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Code of Ethics
Standards of Practice

Licensed Engineer's Code of EthicsA Home Inspector's Code of Ethics deals with non-inspection issues such as the Inspector's relationship with the buyer, seller, and real estate broker. The Standards of Practice deals with what is inspected, what the client can expect, what an Inspector is permitted to do, etc.

The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to multiple home inspection codes of ethics and standards of practice. If the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice conflict with the Heimer Engineering's℠ responsibility to you, the Licensed Engineer uses his professional judgment.

Heimer Engineering℠ only shares the inspection findings with you and you Attorney. Heimer Engineering℠ is required to use information obtained during the inspection only for your benefit. If someone other than you or your Attorney calls for information, Heimer Engineering℠ requires your written authorization before we speak with them.

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Pre-Closing Inspections

Pre-closing home, building, condo, and co-op inspectionsHeimer Engineering's℠ pre-purchase inspection describes the condition at the time of the inspection. The condition of the building can change after the inspection. A pre-closing inspection helps you find out what has changed.

A pre-closing inspection is important because:

  • Furniture and stored material should have been removed, providing access to more areas and possibly exposing defects;
  • Leaks may have develop after the original inspection;
  • A system or appliances that were functioning during the original inspection may break;
  • A strong storm, neighborhood construction, very hot or very cold weather, etc. may damage the building;
  • And  many more changes can occur.

The best way to protect yourself is a pre-closing inspection. Heimer Engineering's℠ Licensed Engineer returns to the site before closing, and determines what has changed. A pre-closing inspection gives you the opportunity to have adjustments made at closing.

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Call for a Home InspectionHeimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available to answer your questions from Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week. Choose Heimer Engineering℠.

Heimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspectionInspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex, and you should be able to speak with someone who can give you real answers to your inspection questions.

Heimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspectionsTo set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony Emailsend Heimer Engineering℠ an email at WebInfoRequest@heimer.com, Emailsend Heimer Engineering℠ a text at 888.769.6910, Emailcall Heimer Engineering℠ at 800.605.1500, or Emailcall Heimer Engineering℠ at 646.757.4500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.

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Heimer Engineering℠ respects your privacy. Some inspection firms share information with insurance, landscaping, home maintenance, moving, cable, mortgage, and other companies. You will not receive phone calls or solicitation emails from third parties as a result of providing personal information.

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Heimer Engineering℠ Standards of Practice
Heimer Engineering℠ Code of Ethics

The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Code of Ethics, to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors, and to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are also bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.

The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice and the ASHI® Standards of Practice. In the event of a  conflict, the Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence.


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