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An Engineer's inspection, a pre-purchase condo inspection, and a termite inspection. You receive four reports: an onsite verbal report, an onsite written report, an emailed written report, and a termite report. Call 800.605.1500 or 646.757.4500 if you have questions. We are happy to help you.
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Condo Inspection Information
Heimer Engineering is a professional condo inspection firm. The company has performed over 80,000 inspections. With a staff of experienced Licensed Engineers, your condo inspection needs can be quickly accommodated.
The purchase of a condo is a major investment. A thorough evaluation and narrative engineering report gives you the advantage in making an intelligent purchase decision. The included expense analysis helps you understand the expenses of owning the condo.
Four Reasons To Choose
A Licensed Engineer
- Under New York law, only a Licensed Engineer can assess structural integrity, sufficiency of electrical service or heating, etc. A Professional Engineer does everything that a Home Inspector does, and more. An Inspector who is not an Engineer cannot advise you about structural soundness.
- Becoming a Licensed Engineer requires a minimum of four years of Engineering College and four years of relevant experience with Building Codes and Engineering Standards, passing two Engineering exams, etc. A Licensed Engineer is also required to take continuing education classes to keep up-to-date.
- A Licensed Engineer assesses the systems of a building, and how they work together. A building has a structural system, a heating system, an electrical system, a plumbing system, etc. Both the function and the interaction of these systems must be evaluated.
- The Licensed Engineer's training and experience help him detect deficiencies that a non-Engineer would miss. Engineers are, by training and experience, problem solvers. An Engineer analyzes areas of concern and provides you with reliable recommendations.
Home Inspector Versus Engineer
You may need to choose between a State of New York Licensed Home Inspector and a State of New York Licensed Engineer. Some Home Inspectors have posted 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 to use an Inspector over an Engineer, learn the truth.
You may be told, "You shouldn't use an Engineer because they have so many disclaimers in their report". It is true that Engineers have more more limitation information in the report. There are two reasons for this:
- The Engineer is doing more for you during the inspection. Naturally, there are more limitations that need to be disclosed.
- A non-Engineer Home Inspector can use a simple disclaimer for everything: "I'm not an Engineer". A Licensed Engineer performing home inspections needs to be specific as to the limitations on the inspection.
Complaints and Reviews
Many 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. They are looking to bring visitors to the site.
The Better Business Bureau is careful about who can post reviews and complaints. Unlike some other websites, the Better Business Bureau only posts reviews that can be verified. And the Better Business Bureau gives Heimer Engineering a rating of A+.
Positive reviews show satisfied clients. Negative reviews from clients show us how to make future clients satisfied. And negative reviews from sellers are the equivalent of positive reviews from clients.
Four Inspection Reports
A lot of information is collected during the inspection. Providing four inspection helps you understand the condition of the real estate you purchasing. All four reports are included in the inspection fee you are quoted.
The On-Site Verbal Inspection Report is the Engineer's discussion of the inspection findings with you. 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 you with inaccurate answers.
The On-Site Written Inspection Report is a short-form report that highlights the Engineer's findings. This on-site report includes heating, termites, leaks, structure, hot water, electrical system, roof, etc.
The Emailed Written Inspection Report includes information relevant to the inspected home or building and to real estate purchases in general. Details are provided about both major and minor findings. Additional information is included so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the real estate.
The Emailed Written Inspection Report goes three quality control reviews. The first quality control review is performed by the Engineer before the report is submitted for processing. When the report arrives in the office, it receives a second quality control review. After the report is drafted, it receives a third quality control review. Only after all of these reviews are you sent the report.
The Termite Inspection Report is a specialized report banks often need to issue a mortgage. If there is no termite evidence, the 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. Traditionally, termite control measures are paid for by the seller.
A Licensed Engineer's pre-purchase inspection is not performed to show you what the building looks like. You can see that yourself. 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 to you regardless of how the defect looks in a photograph. Heimer Engineering's pre-purchase inspection reports are based on providing you with the information needed to make an informed decision.
Photographs included in Home Inspector's report may showing a gutter draining near a foundation wall, a crack in a path, rotted wood trim, or siding shingles close to ground level. You never see photographs showing the electrical service is insufficient, that the boiler is insufficient in size, or that a house is structurally unsound. The Licensed Engineer interprets the building's condition and provides that information in the report.
If you want to remember what a room looks like, take photos. Photographs add color to a report, but you need a Licensed Engineer to interpret what is in the photograph. 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.
Who Can Inspect For Termites?
There is misleading web information regarding termite inspections. You will see statements such as licensed termite inspector, New York licensed termite inspection, New York approved termite inspector, trained in termite inspections by New York, New York certified termite inspector, and many more.
The State of New York neither trains nor licenses termite inspectors. The State of New York licenses pesticide applicators and pesticide technicians. In the State of New York, you are required to be licensed to purchase or apply pesticides.
Licensed Engineers look for evidence of termite activity as part of the pre-purchase inspections. The Engineer knows about termite evidence, what conditions invite termite activity, where termites are likely to be found, etc. In addition, a Licensed Engineer checks for structural damage caused by termites.
A pre-purchase inspection is not an environmental inspection. Pre-purchase inspection standards specifically exclude environmental inspections. Some companies imply they are providing environmental inspections by pointing out environmental concerns. These inspectors often have limited environmental experience, and may unnecessarily alarm real estate purchasers.
Our Licensed Engineers point out environmental concerns just like other inspectors. However, Heimer Engineering will not deceive you by claiming the pre-purchase inspection is an environmental inspection.
Mobile-Friendly Inspection Reports
It is almost impossible to keep up with the changes that affect home purchasers. However, there is updated information available via the internet. Heimer Engineering's emailed reports contain links to websites that help you to learn more about your prospective purchase.
Many people regularly use smartphones to read emails. Heimer Engineering emails you a PDF of the inspection report. These reports are designed to be mobile-friendly, and can be viewed on most smartphones, allowing you quick access to the report.
A pre-purchase inspection describes the condition of the site at the time of the inspection. The condition of the building can change after the initial 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 that was functioning during the original inspection may break;
- During the winter, pipes may freeze;
- A strong storm, neighborhood construction, very hot or very cold weather, etc. may damage the building;
- Equipment or appliances may fail;
- A repair the seller makes may be improper;
- And many, many more changes can occur.
The best way to protect yourself is a pre-closing inspection. The Licensed Engineer returns to the site just before closing, and checks to determine what has changed. A pre-closing inspection gives you the opportunity to have adjustments made at closing.
Bronx Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Bronx, New York communities of Baychester, Bedford Park, City Island, East Tremont, Eastchester, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Melrose, Morris Heights, Mosholu, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Norwood, Oldfield, Parkchester, Port Morris, Riverdale, Schuylerville, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, Tremont, Unionport, University Heights, Van Nest, Wakefield, West Farms, Westchester, Westchester Heights, Williamsbridge, and Woodlawn.
|Brooklyn Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Brooklyn communities of Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Coney Island, Crown Heights, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Greenpoint, Midwood, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park, Sheepshead Bay, South Brooklyn, and Williamsburg.|
|Nassau County Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Nassau County communities of Albertson, Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor, Barnum Island, Baxter Estates, Bay Park, Bayville, Bellerose, Bellmore, Bethpage, Brookville, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, Center Island, Cove Neck, East Hills, East Meadow, East Norwich, East Rockaway, East Williston, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Flower Hill, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Garden City South, Gibson, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Greenvale, Harbor Hills, Harbor Isle, Hempstead, Herricks, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Hicksville, Inwood, Island Park, Jericho, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Lakeview, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Levittown, Lido Beach, Locust Grove, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Manorhaven, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Matinecock, Meadowmere Park, Merrick, Mill Neck, Mineola, Munsey Park, Muttontown, Nassau Shores, New Cassel, New Hyde Park, North Hempstead, North Hills, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainedge, Plainview, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Point Lookout, Port Washington, Port Washington North, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Heights, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Searingtown, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Strathmore, Syosset, Thomaston, Uniondale, University Gardens, Upper Brookville, Valley Stream, Wantagh, West Hempstead, Westbury, Williston Park, Woodbury, Woodmere, and Woodsburgh.|
|Putnam County Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Putnam County communities of Adams Corners, Akins Corners, Barnum Corners, Brewster, Bullet Hole, Carmel, Carmel Hills, Christian Corners, Cold Spring, Deans Corners, DeForest Corners, Drewville Heights, Dykemans, Fahnestock Corners, Farmers Mills, Field Corners, Forsonville, Four Corners, Garrison, Gilbert Corners, Haines Corners, Haviland Hollow, Hopkins Corners, Houseman Corners, Kent, Lake Mahopac, Lake Peekskill, Ludingtonville, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Maynard Corners, McKeel Corners, Milltown, Milltown, Nelsonville, North Highlands, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam Lake, Putnam Valley, Sodom, South Highlands, Southeast, Steinbeck Corners, Stillwater, Sunnybrook, Tilly Foster, Tompkins Corners, Travis Corners, Watermelon Hill, West Mahopac, and West Patterson.|
|Queens Licensed Engineer condominium unit Inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Queens communities of Astoria, Auburndale, Averne, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Belle Harbour, Bellerose, Breezy Point, Briarwood, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, College Point, Corona, Douglaston, Douglaston Manor, Edgemere, Elmhurst, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Glendale, Hollis, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Key Gardens, Laurelton, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Long Island City, Malba, Maspeth, Middle Village, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Queens Village, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rockaway, Rockaway Park, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Saint Albans, Steinway, Sunnyside, Whitestone, Woodhaven, and Woodside.|
|Rockland Licensed Engineer County condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Rockland County communities of Airmont, Bardonia, Bear Mountain, Blauvelt, Bon Air Heights, Chestnut Ridge, Clarkstown, Congers, Dunderberg, Durant, Garnerville, Germonds, Grandview, Haverstraw, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Ladentown, Monsey, Monsey Heights, Mount Ivy, Nanuet, New City, New Hempstead, Nyack, Orangeburg, Orangetown, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, Pomona, Pomona Heights, Ramapo, Sloatsburg, Sparkill, Spring Valley, Sterlington, Stony Point, Suffern, Tallman, Tappan, Thiells, Tompkins Cove, Union Hill, Upper Nyack, Valley Cottage, Viola, Wesly Hills, West Haverstraw, and West Nyack.|
|Staten Island Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Staten Island communities of Annandale, Arden Heights, Arrochar, Bloomfield, Castleton Corners, Charleston, Chelsea, Clifton, Dongan Hills, Egbetville, Eltingville, Emerson Hill, Fort Wadsworth, Fox Hills, Grant City, Grasmere, Great Kills, Grymes Hills, Huguenot, Livingston, Mount Loretto, New Brighton, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Old Place, Pleasant Plains, Port Richmond, Richmond, Richmond Valley, Richmond Town, Rosebank, Rossville, Saint George, Stapelton, Sunnyside, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, Travis, West New Brighton, Westerleigh, and Woodrow.|
|Suffolk County Licensed Engineer condominium unit inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Suffolk County communities of Amagansett, Amityville, Apaquogue, Aquebogue, Asharoken, Atlantique, Babylon, Baiting Hollow, Barnes Hole, Bay Shore, Bayport, Bayside Park, Bayview, Beach Hampton, Belle Terre, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Bridgehampton, Brightwaters, Brookhaven, Calverton, Canoe Place, Captain Kidd Estates, Cedar Beach, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Centerville, Central Islip, Cherry Grove, Cobb, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copiague, Coram, Coram Hill, Cutchogue, Davis Park, Deer Park, Deerfield, Dering Harbor, Devon, Ditch Plains, Dix Hills, Dunnwood, East Commack, East Cutchogue, East Farmingdale, East Half Hollow Hills, East Hampton, East Hampton Beach, East Holbrook, East Islip, East Marion, East Mattituck, East Moriches, East Moriches, East Northport, East Patchogue, East Quogue, East Setauket, East Shoreham, Eastport, Eatons Neck, Edgewood, Elwood, Fair Harbor, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Fire Island, Fire Island Pines, Fireplace, Flanders, Flowerfield, Flying Point, Fort Salonga, Freetown, Georgica, Gerard Park, Grassy Hollow, Great River, Great River Station, Greenlawn, Greenport, Hagerman, Halesite, Half Hollow Hills, Hampton Bays, Hardscrabble, Hauppauge, Head of the Harbor, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Huntington Bay, Huntington Station, Huntington Village, Islandia, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jamesport, Kings Park, Kingstown, Kismet, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lakeland, Laurel, Lindenhurst, Lloyd Harbor, Lloyd Neck, Lonelyville, Lower Melville, Maidstone Park, Manetto Hills, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, Mecox, Medford, Melville, Middle Island, Middleville, Mill Hill Estates, Miller Place, Montauk, Montauk Beach, Montauk Point, Moriches, Mount Sinai, Nassau Point, Nesconset, New Suffolk, Nissequogue, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Bellport, North Centereach, North Great River, North Haven, North Lindenhurst, North Patchogue, North Sea, North Selden, North Shore Beach, North Smithtown, Northport, Northville, Noyack, Oak Beach, Oakdale, Oakville, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Old Field, Old Mastic, Old Stony Brook, Oregon, Orient, Orient Point, Pantigo, Patchogue, Peconic, Pine Aire, Pinelawn, Point O'Woods, Ponquogue, Poquott, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Promised Land, Quiogue, Quogue, Ram Island, Rampasture, Reeves Park, Remsenburg, Ridge, Riverhead, Roanoke, Robins Rest, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Rose Grove, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Saint James, Saltaire, San Remo, Sayville, Scuttlehole, Seaview, Selden, Setauket, Shelter Island, Shelter Island Heights, Shinnecock, Shinnecock Hills, Shirley, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, South Centereach, South Commack, South Hauppauge, South Haven, South Holbrook, South Huntington, South Jamesport, South Manor, South Medford, South Setauket, South Stony Brook, South Yaphank, Southampton, Southold, Southport, Speonk, Springs, Springville, Squiretown, Stirling, Stony Brook, Terryville, Three Mile Harbor, Tiana, Tuckahoe, Upton, Vernon Valley, Village of the Branch, Wading River, Wading River, Wainscott, Water Island, Water Mill, West Amagansett, West Bay Shore, West Bellport, West Brentwood, West Hills, West Island, West Islip, West Neck, West Sayville, West Tiana, West Yaphank, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Wheatley Heights, Wickapogue Amity Harbor, Wynadanch, and Yaphank.|
|Westchester County Licensed Engineer condo inspections: Pre-purchase condo inspections in the Westchester County communities of Amawalk, Ardsley, Ardsley-on-Hudson, Armonk, Baldwin Place, Bedford, Bedford Center, Bedford Hills, Boutonville, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Cantatoe Corners, Chappaqua, Cortland, Crompond, Cross River, Croton, Croton Falls, Croton-on-Hudson, Crotonville, Crugers, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Fleetwood, Goldens Bridge, Granite Springs, Greenburgh, Greenville, Harmon, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Hawthorne, Irvington, Jefferson Valley, Katonah, Kitchawan, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Lincolndale, Mamaroneck, Millwood, Mohegan Lake, Montrose, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, North Tarrytown, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Pleasantville, Port Chester, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Purdys, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Shenorock, Shrub Oak, Somers, South Salem, South Somers, Tarrytown, Teatown, Thornwood, Tuckahoe, Valhalla, Verplanck, Vista, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown, Yorktown Heights.|
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To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony send Heimer Engineering an email, send a text to 888.769.6910, call 646.757.4500, or call 800.605.1500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message. Remember to ask about a web discount.
Heimer 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 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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