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Congratulations, you found your first home. As a first time homebuyer, you probably have a lot of questions.
Heimer Engineering can help you answer your questions. As a first time homebuyer, your will find all the information contained in the engineering reports especially helpful in understanding the costs of home ownership.
Questions First Time Home,
Condo, And Co-op Buyers Ask
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.
Answer: People say "love is blind". This is why you need an unbiased 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.
Answer: There are many considerations in deciding who should inspect the home, the most important of which is are you hiring a Licensed 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 Licensed 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.
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. The Engineer 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.
Have an Engineer tell you, in the inspection report with an expense analysis, what AS IS really means.
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 an Engineer based on the quality of services offered.
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 our experienced 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.
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.
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.
We assess the condition of the foreclosure or short sale homes for you, and provide expense analysis in the Engineer's inspection report. This helps you make an informed decision.
Answer: Many homebuyers have less than five days to have an inspection. As a first time homebuyer, you have little experience in selecting an Engineer Inspector to inspect the real estate you are considering purchasing.
Heimer Engineering's Professional Engineer Inspectors 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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We are happy to help you. To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony, click below for a contact form, send us an email, text us at 6602 0091 55, 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. Some inspection firms sell their client lists. These practices are unethical. You will not receive phone calls or solicitation emails from third parties as a result of providing personal information.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency (fire, building in danger of collapse, facade with loose bricks, debris falling from a building, gas leak, etc.) do not call Heimer Engineering. If there is a life-threatening emergency or other hazardous condition, call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled immediately by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, have utilities shut off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
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