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Pre-Purchase Co-op Inspections in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, and Westchester

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Why Choose Heimer Engineering℠?

  1. Heimer Engineering℠ uses only Licensed Professional Engineers to perform pre-purchase inspections.
  2. Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer's inspection fees.
  3. The easiest way to see the difference between Heimer Engineering℠ and other home inspection companies is to look at a sample report. (This sample report is of a house that needs a lot of work).

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  4. Heimer Engineering P.C. BBB Business ReviewThe Better Business Bureau gives Heimer Engineering℠ an A+ rating.
  5. Heimer Engineering℠ provides you with a verbal report, an on-site summary report, a termite report, and an emailed report.
  6. Heimer Engineering℠ includes cost factors where applicable in the written reports.

Emailed Comments to
Heimer Engineering℠

Heimer Engineering PC BBB Business ReviewOrganizations like the Better Business Bureau, which requires verification of complaints, give Heimer Engineering℠ an A+ rating. The Better Business Bureau provides a level playing field where both the business and the client get equal input.

The following are excerpts of client emails. The comments have been edited to remove identifying information, and correct spelling errors.

Thank you for sending …. He explained everything and was very patient with us.

J…, Suffolk County

I was a little annoyed that … didn't talk much during the inspection. After the inspection, … went over everything. It was obvious that … was concentrating on the house.

L…, Queens

My first deal didn't go through because the sellers backed out. I need another inspection. We loved … Please send … again.

O…, Westchester County.

Thank you for sending…. Not only did he do a great job, but he called me back on a Friday evening because I needed an answer right away.

"…said he was an Engineer. Turns out he only used a computer program written by an Engineer. Now the sellers won't accept anything the guy said. So I need to pay for an inspection by a real Engineer."

K…, Brooklyn

"We hired a Home Inspector. We've lived in apartments since we were married and didn't know better. The inspector said there was a crack in the foundation. The inspector said an Engineer needed to tell me if it was a problem. My broker said to call Heimer Engineering. Heimer sent an Engineer who said it was not structural. Heimer's Engineer also told me that the electrical service was good (the inspector told me to replace it) and that the chimney only needed pointing (the inspector told me to put new bricks on the chimney). And the Engineer cost less, because he didn't test for radon and didn't charge extra for termites. Next time, I'll get an Engineer the first time."

S…, Nassau County

The old house needed work, but it was big and cost less than other houses. The floor was sagging, so I had an inspector come who said he could tell me about the floor sagging. He didn't say a word about the sagging, so I asked him. The inspector told me to get an Engineer to check the floor sag. So I paid an Engineer after I paid the inspector. Good thing, because Heimer Engineering showed me there were serious problems because of the way this 100-year-old house was built. I got an estimate from a contractor for $90 thousand to rebuild the porch and the second floor. No thank you, deal's off. The broker said I was smart to get an Engineer. I'll use Heimer Engineering for the next inspection!

B…, Westchester County

 

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.

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.

DangerOnly a Licensed Electrician should open a circuit breaker panel. A Licensed Electrician can correct hazards created by opening electrical panels. A responsible Home Inspector will not open electrical panels.

Communities 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.)

Our Engineers 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.

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Leaks and Thermal Imaging

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

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

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Inspection Reports

Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineers.

On-Site Verbal ReportThe On-Site Verbal Inspection Report provides instant information and the opportunity to ask the Engineer questions.

The On-Site Written Inspection Report is a short-form report that highlights Heimer Engineering's℠ findings.

The Emailed Inspection Report includes information relevant to the inspected home or building and to real estate purchases in general in a mobile-friendly form. The Emailed Inspection Report contains a Quick Start Summary that guides you to sections of the report specific to the real estate you are purchasing.

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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.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 house is structurally unsound.

If you use images to negotiate with a seller, it is the seller's interpretation of the images that you are negotiating with. Photographs in a report work to the seller's advantage.

Heimer Engineering℠ will provide you with inspection photographs if you request them, subject to our privacy policy. We do not recommend that you use the photographs to negotiate with the seller in most situations.

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. When you retain a Licensed Engineer to perform a pre-purchase inspection, you expect a Licensed Engineer to visit the site. It is unethical 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.

Environmental Inspections

Home, building, condo, and co-op inspections and the environment.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. We do 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 EthicsThe 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, the ASHI® Standards of Practice, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. In the event of a  conflict, the Licensed Engineer uses Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.

We only share inspection findings with you and your Attorney. If someone other than you or your Attorney asks for information, we require your written authorization before we speak with them.

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Pre-Closing Inspections

Pre-closing home, building, condo, and co-op inspectionsA pre-closing inspection helps you find out what changed after the inspection:

  • Furniture and stored material should have been removed, providing access to more areas;
  • Leaks may 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 may damage the building;
  • And many more changes can occur.

The best way to protect yourself is a pre-closing inspection. A pre-closing inspection gives you the opportunity to have adjustments made at closing.

Contact Heimer Engineering℠

Call for a Home InspectionHeimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspectionsHeimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available 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.

Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer's fees, especially when you consider that many non-Engineers charge extra for termite inspections, swimming pools, etc.

Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.

To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony email Info@heimer.com, text 888.769.6910, or call 800.605.1500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.

Ask About a Web Discount

Heimer Engineering P.C. BBB Business ReviewHeimer Engineering℠ serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).

Heimer Engineering℠ respects your privacy. Some home 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 us with personal information. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

Call 911In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.

Standards of Practice
and Code of Ethics

Our Licensed Engineers 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, the ASHI® Standards of Practice, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. In the event of a  conflict, the Licensed Engineer uses Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.

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Heimer Engineering℠ performs home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York. Expert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.

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