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First Time Home Buyer's
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As a first time homebuyer, you probably have a lot of questions.Are you a first time home buyer with home inspection questions? A Professional Engineer answers first time home buyer's home inspection questions.

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First Time Home Buyers

Why have an inspection on a "handyman's special"?

Have you fallen in love with a home you have seen?

Should I hire the cheapest inspector I can find?

Are you buying the home AS IS?

If the Inspector misses something, can I sue him?

Has a friend offered to look at the home for you?

Have you seen something in the home that concerns you?

Is your first home a foreclosure or short sale?

Do you want Peace of Mind?


Why have an inspection on a handyman's special?Question Why have an inspection on a "handyman's special"?

Answer You need to know the true severity of the defects. Some problems are cosmetic while others are significant.

Heimer Engineering℠ prioritizes the defects and provides valuable information, including an expense analysis of the home you are considering purchasing.

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Have you fallen in love with a home, condo unit, or co-op unit you have seen?Question Have you fallen in love with a home you have seen?

Answer People say "love is blind". This is why you need an unbiased Professional Engineer inspect the home, condo, or co-op. As a first time homebuyer, you may not realize the severity of a defect. The expense analysis helps put problems in perspective.

It is easy to say that a deficiency is small or does not matter much. Many first time homebuyers expect a parent or relative will help them out. For small things, that may work out. For larger things, you may have to pay for repairs. Nobody likes unexpected costly repairs.

Some defects are difficult or expensive to repair. It is better to know before you buy. And be careful about choosing a cheap home inspector as a way of keeping expenses down.

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All home inspectors are the same.  Should I choose the cheapest inspector I can find to look at the home, condo, or co-op?Question All home inspectors are the same. Should I choose the cheapest inspector I can find to look at the home?

Answer There are many considerations in deciding who should inspect the home, the most important of which is are you hiring a Professional Engineer. You should also consider how long the home inspector has been in business.

You do not want someone who is here today and gone tomorrow. Look at whether you are hiring a full-time company, or someone who does inspections as a spare-time hobby.

Always ask if you are getting a Professional Engineer to perform the home inspection. You expect to be living in the home for years, so do not skimp on the inspection. Choosing a non-Engineer can be a mistake.

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Are you buying the home, condo unit, or co-op unit AS IS?Question Are you buying the home, condo, or co-op AS IS?

Answer When real estate is sold AS IS, it may mean there are serious problems wrapped up in the as is label. AS IS is a home buying trap you do not want to be caught in. Heimer Engineering℠ tells you what AS IS really is.

AS IS has killed the joy of moving to a new home. Do not be caught by the AS IS home buying trap waiting to ensnare you.

There are no do-overs in home buying. Buying an AS IS house can be both a personal and a financial burden on you and your family.

Choose Heimer Engineering℠ to tell you what AS IS really means.

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If the Inspector misses something, can I sue him?Question If the Inspector misses something, can I sue him?

Answer If you are choosing an inspector based on possibly suing for a perceived mistake, do not expect a good inspection. The choice of inspector should be made based on the quality of services offered.

In the State of New York, it is difficult to successfully sue someone who performs a pre-purchase inspection. The laws in New York recognize that there are many inaccessible and unobservable areas in a home, conditions change following an inspection, etc. State of New York law recognizes that a person performing pre-purchase inspections is providing his best professional judgment based on what is visible at the time of the inspection.

Proving that an inspector made an error is extremely difficult. Pre-purchase inspection contracts limit liability to the fee paid for the inspection, so even if you win all you do is get your money back. Choose a Professional Engineer based on the quality of services offered.

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Has a friend offered to look at the home, condo unit, or co-op unit for you?Question Has a friend offered to look at the home for you?

Answer If the person is a Professional Engineer, and is experienced in pre-purchase home inspection, then their services might be fine.

In the State of New York, you can verify online that you are really hiring a Professional Engineer. Some inspection firms give you the idea they are sending an Engineer, but instead send a non-Engineer.

As a first time homebuyer, you should rely on Heimer Engineering's℠ Professional Engineers to help you make this important decision. There are no do-overs in home inspection. Do not depend on a friend who has no home inspection experience.

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Have you seen something about the home, condo unit, or co-op unit that concerns you?Question Have you seen something about the home, that concerns you?

Answer We provide accurate and confidential professional advice based on the condition of the house. The inspection report and expense analysis help you make informed decisions.

Get professional advice on anything that concerns you. It is best to find out about defects before you purchase the property.

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Is your first home, condo unit, or co-op unit a foreclosure or short sale?Question Is your first home a foreclosure or short sale?

Answer Many first time homebuyers are attracted to foreclosure or short sale homes. Foreclosure and short sale homes are inexpensive, and are often in a state of disrepair. The previous occupant may not have performed needed maintenance or repairs.

Heimer Engineering℠ assesses the condition of the foreclosure or short sale homes for you, and provide expense analysis in the Professional Engineer's inspection report. This helps you make an informed decision.

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 Do you want peace of mind in your home, condo, or co-op purchase?Question Do you want peace of mind in your home purchase?

Answer Many homebuyers have less than five days to have an inspection performed. As a first time homebuyer, you have little experience in selecting a Professional Engineer Inspector to inspect the real estate you are considering purchasing.

Cheap Inspectors

Heimer Engineering's℠ Professional Engineers have performed over 80,000 inspections in the New York area over the last 40 years. You will be comfortable with your choice of a Professional Engineer when you call Heimer Engineering℠.

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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 Home Inspector'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 646.757.4500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.

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Heimer Engineering's℠ Professional Engineer Home Inspectors 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 Professional Engineer Home Inspectors use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Professional Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.

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Heimer Engineering PC
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Commack, New York, USA 11725-2947

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