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Buyer's Inspection Questions
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Home, Building, Condo, and Co-op Inspections
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646.757.4500 • 800.605.1500
An Engineer's inspection, a pre-purchase 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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You have found your dream house or the building you have been seeking. There are a few questions you should ask yourself.
Do you need a pre-purchase inspection? Yes, you need an Inspection! Who should perform the inspection?
Questions Home, Condo,
Building, And Co-op Buyers Ask
Question: Do you want to prevent your child from growing up in a broken home?
Answer: The Engineer will examine the house or building and determine what is broken and the severity of the defects.
Some problems are cosmetic, while others are significant. The Licensed Engineer prioritizes the need for repairs, including a expense analysis in the engineering report, of the home or building that you are considering purchasing.
Question: Have you read a bad review of Heimer Engineering?
Answer: Anyone can post anything on the Web. There is no requirement that what is posted be accurate, based on real experiences, or true. Clients have called Heimer Engineering asking us to check a seller's repair for free, and threatening to post a bad review if we did not provide free services.
Many clients call or email to thank us for their inspection. Some inspection companies give discounts in exchange for a good review. Some inspection companies post their own reviews. Such practices are unethical. Heimer Engineering does not engage in unethical practices.
Question: Are you buying the home or building 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 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. AS IS has killed the spirit of many real estate purchasers. 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 home can be both a personal and a financial burden on you and your family.
Have a Engineer tell you, in an Engineering report with a expense analysis, what AS IS really means.
Question: Has anyone told you who should inspect your home or building?
Answer: Make sure that you were referred to an experienced Licensed Engineer. You should make sure that the Engineer's experience is in pre-purchase inspections.
It is foolish to trust someone who has little home and building inspection experience. A Licensed Engineer lacking experience in pre-purchase inspections lacks the experience you need.
Question: What is the difference between a Home Inspector, a House Inspector, a Licensed Home Inspector, a Licensed House Inspector, an Engineer, a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Professional Engineer, a Certified House Inspector, a Certified Home Inspector, a Master House Inspector, and a House Inspection Master?
Answer: They are all titles. Some of the titles have meaning, and some do not:
- Home Inspector or House Inspector: Basically, a person who inspects homes.
- Licensed Home Inspector or Licensed House Inspector: A person licensed by the state to perform pre-purchase inspections.
- Engineer: If the person is licensed as a Professional Engineer, that person is licensed by the state. If the person who claims to be an Engineer is not licensed as a Professional Engineer, the title means nothing. Beware of anyone claiming to be an Engineer who is not licensed as a Professional Engineer.
- Licensed Professional Engineer, Licensed Engineer, or Professional Engineer: A person licensed to act as an Engineer by the State. Professional Engineers can sign off on plans, and provide professional opinions regarding structural soundness, sufficiency of electrical service, etc.
- Certified House Inspector, Certified Home Inspector, Master House Inspector, and House Inspection Master: These are certifications provided by various organizations. They usually mean the inspector has passed some tests and performed a minimum number of inspections.
- Certified Big Apple Inspector, Certified Green Home Inspector, Approved Accurate Building Inspector, Gotham Certified Home Inspector, Certified House Master, Sherlock Certified Home Inspector, Good Housekeeping Approved Home Inspector, Google Approved Inspector, America Spec Approved Inspector, Brick Kicker Approved Inspector, Home Team Inspector, Pillar To Post Approved Inspector, Buro-Certified Master Inspector, Win Licensed Home Inspector, Approved National Property Inspector, Buyer's Choice Top Choice Inspector, Trained to Inspect America, House Master Inspector, Criterium Licensed Engineer, American Property Inspection Team Member, or Certified American Inspector: To the best of our knowledge, none of these certifications exist, although we have had clients call and ask for these certifications.
Make sure that the inspector you choose is a Licensed Engineer with the experience in pre-purchase inspections.
Question: Has someone you know offered to look at the home or building for you?
Answer: If the person is a Licensed Engineer, and is experienced in pre-purchase inspections, their services will be helpful.
A Licensed Engineer without experience in pre-purchase inspections does not have the experience to provide the in-depth services Heimer Engineering provides. Do you want to trust the judgment of someone who has little building evaluation experience?
Question: Do you pay any fees for referrals?
Answer: Heimer Engineering never pays referral fees. Paying referral fees is unethical and a violation of the Professional Engineering laws of the State of New York to pay for referrals. This practice is called fee splitting, and is a violation of the law.
We offer repeat and referral clients a discount on inspections. Mention this website and ask about the inspection discount when you contact us to set up the inspection.
If you are choosing a home inspector based on a referral that someone has paid for, do not expect a good inspector. You should choose a Licensed Engineer based on the quality of services offered.
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 based on the quality of services offered.
In the State of New York, it is difficult to successfully sue someone who performs a pre-purchaser home or building inspection. The reason is that the laws in New York recognize that there are inaccessible and unobservable areas in a home or building, 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. You should choose a Professional Engineer based on the quality of services offered.
Question: Are all homes and buildings held to the same inspection standards?
Answer: Each home and building is judged based on its size, age, and construction. A 100-year old home will differ significantly from a two-year-old home in areas such as energy efficiency, water penetration into the basement, general design, construction materials used, etc. There will also be differences in structural design standards, general architectural design standards, etc. It is not helpful to a home buyer to apply the same standards to a 100-year old home and a two-year old home.
If you are looking at a 100-year old home, it is probably because you want a home of that age. If you buy a 100-year old home, expect age-related issues. The Engineer will find age-based Engineering issues, and disclose them to you so that you can make an informed decision on purchasing the real estate.
Some people prefer older homes because they feel that an older home is somehow better. Older homes are different than newer homes. Many say that an older home has character that a newer home lacks. But modern design, materials, and building techniques have made newer homes superior to older homes in many ways.
Question: Have you seen something in the home or building that concerns you?
Answer: The Engineer provides accurate advice based on the condition of the home or building. The inspection report including an expense analysis helps you make an informed decision.
If there are aspects of the home or building that concern you, it is best to find out about them before you commit to purchasing the real estate. You do not want to find out there is a problem the day after closing.
Question: All inspectors are the same, so shouldn't I use a cheap home inspector?
Answer: It has been said that you get what you pay for. If you choose a home inspection strictly on price, you may get an inexperienced inspector. Or you may get a part-time inspection firm that is not there when you need them to answer a question.
It is not necessarily a question of the least expensive inspection, but the pre-purchase inspection that best fits your needs. Choose an Engineer that is the best fit for your needs. Remember that if you choose poorly, you may pay twice.
Answer: Foreclosure and short sale homes are often in a state of disrepair. The previous occupant may not have performed needed maintenance or repairs.
The Licensed Engineer assesses the home or building and provides an expense analysis in the engineering report. This helps you make an informed decision about purchasing the real estate.
Question: Do you want peace of mind in the home or building you are purchasing?
Answer: Many prospective purchasers have less than five days to have an inspection.
Heimer Engineering's 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 Licensed 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 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.
In 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.
In addition to the webpage discount, discounts are available for referrals (attorney, real estate broker, mortgage broker, co-worker, friend) first time buyers, senior citizens, military (army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard), first responders (police, ambulance, fire), municipal employees, security personnel, and union members.
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