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Real Estate Attorneys and Real Estate Brokers often have questions regarding home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, and co-op inspections.
Answer The information in the engineering report is included to provide the home buyer with information on which to base their decision. Included in the reports are web links so prospective purchasers can obtain more information. Prospective purchasers should be aware of the findings in the report, the expense analyses, and other recommendations regarding the home, building, condo, or co-op they are considering purchasing. It is then up to the client to make a decision.
Answer The State of New York, in their online brochure What You Should Know About Professional Engineers and Their Services" lists one of the reasons that an Engineer should be used to "evaluate the structural integrity, electrical, and/or mechanical systems of a house prior to purchase or renovation". The State of New York has laws in place to make sure the general public is protected when it comes to selecting engineering services.
If your client does not use a Licensed Engineer, he or she may hire and inspector, and then retain a Licensed Engineer. Why should your client pay twice for a home inspection?
There is a difference between the services a Licensed Engineer provides and the services the non-Engineer home inspector provides.
Question How long does it take to get the inspection report?
Answer The report is generally emailed within two business days after the inspection. At the time of the inspection, the Engineer initially walks through the site and takes notes. The Engineer provides a preliminary report to your client, and answers your client's questions at the time of the inspection. In addition you can call the Engineer with future questions.
After speaking to your client, the Engineer reviews the notes and perform the preliminary quality control review on the report. This step can take as long as the site inspection. After the Engineer's review, the notes are transmitted to the office. The office converts the initial notes into a final report, and there is a second quality control review. The report is then emailed to your client.
Answer A bank issuing a mortgage generally requires a termite treatment and a warranty should any active termite infestation be found. It has been our experience that, if there is no evidence of termite infestation and no previous termite treatment, banks will accept the termite report.
Question The termite report expires within 60 days. Is there any way to get an extension?
Answer The NPMA-1 form has a 60-day expiration date set by the designers of the form. Heimer Engineering does not control the expiration date. For the buyer's protection, a termite warranty from a pest control company should be obtained at closing.
Answer It is your client's perception that the house is in excellent condition. Our Engineers have examined many houses which have a new interior paint job, new windows, new appliances, etc. In other words, the interior was renovated and updated. The Engineer's inspection revealed that the same house had an old boiler, an old hot water heater, faulty wiring, water in the basement, and termite infestation with structural damage. In addition, plumbing was old, the roof had not been properly installed, and the siding and trim had been poorly painted. The prospective purchasers had focused on the interior renovations and the new appliances, and were completely unaware of all the other defects until the inspection was performed.
Answer Unless your client is willing to risk the expenses of problems that your client is currently unaware of, an inspection by an Engineer is essential.
In addition, the expense analysis contained in the inspection report helps home buyers understand the expenses in fixing up an old and rundown house. It is easy to look at a rundown house and thing that a new kitchen and a paint job will make the real estate like new. Most buyers purchasing rundown real estate have no idea what they are getting into.
Answer New homes, buildings, condos, and co-ops can have defects just as existing construction. In a recent inspection of a house supposedly ready for delivery, defects found included a missing boiler. Apparently, the boiler had been stolen from the site. There was a hot water heater, and the prospective purchaser had mistaken this for the heating system. The builder of the home was unaware that the boiler was stolen. Had a Licensed Engineer not performed the inspection, these buyers would have purchased the house only to find that the heat did not work when the heating season arrived.
Answer A home buyer planning renovations should get cost estimates from the contractor. However, cost estimates for anticipated renovations are not a substitute for a home inspection performed by an Engineer.
A contractor provides estimates as if your client already owned the house. When you own a home, building, condo, or co-op, you own its problems. When you purchase a home, building, condo, or co-op, you purchase its problems. An inspection by an Engineer tells your client what problems they are purchasing should they choose to buy the real estate.
Answer Heimer Engineering has been in the business performing inspections since the late 1960s.
Heimer Engineering's Engineers have performed over 80,000 inspections. You can be sure that when you refer a client to Heimer Engineering, your client will be receiving professional services from an experienced Engineering company.
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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 give you real answers to your inspection questions.
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Heimer Engineering℠ Standards of PracticeThe 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, and to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are also bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.
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The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice and the ASHI® Standards of Practice. In the event of a conflict, the Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence.
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