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Some people feel that newly constructed homes and buildings do not need to be inspected because the building inspector checks the building before issuing the Certificate of Occupancy. Others feel that a new condo unit does not require an inspection. In reality, new construction needs an inspection just as existing construction needs an inspection.
Before construction of a home or building begins, an application is filed at the Department of Buildings and a building permit is issued. Periodic inspections are performed by the building inspector. The inspector is checking for compliance with applicable building codes and zoning codes, whether the building is built according to the approved plans, and whether the building is constructed in a manner that is acceptable to the municipality.
The building inspector is not checking many of the things that our Licensed Engineers examine. In fact, there is little overlap between what the Engineer investigates and what the building inspector checks. After the inspection, the engineering report helps you understand the condition of the building.
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The following defects were uncovered during a pre-purchase inspection of a newly constructed house. These are all problems that should be corrected before moving into the house. No Certificate of Occupancy had been issued at the time we performed the inspection. However, Closing had been scheduled for three days after the inspection:
- There was no access panel for the whirlpool tub motor
- The appliance installation was incomplete
- Paint spatters were present on the windows
- The handrail on the main steps was improperly installed
- Many of the windows did not latch properly
- The central air-conditioning system was missing the condensate pump
- The garage door opener was not connected
- The kitchen cabinet doors were improperly adjusted
- There was evidence of water penetration into the basement
- The were non-structural foundation cracks that needed to be patched
- The front door could not be opened from the inside
Many potential problems are beyond the scope of the municipal building inspector's inspection. This includes obvious minor problems such as a kitchen cabinet door that does not latch properly.
Some problems may be detected by careful purchasers. Having a pre-purchase inspection performed by an Engineer Inspector maximizes your chances of finding the problems before you move in. You can use the information provided by the Engineer to help create a punch list you can provide to the builder.
During the inspection, the Heimer Engineering℠ examines, analyzes, and/or reports on (as appropriate based on the building):
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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℠ 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).
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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.
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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Heimer Engineering℠ performs home inspections, building inspections, condominium inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York. We do not perform inspections or recommend Inspectors or Engineers outside of the State of New York. We provide Licensed Professional Engineer consultation services including hurricane and storm damage and damage from adjoining construction. Expert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.
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