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Licensed Professional Engineers must meet education and experience requirements and pass rigorous exams administered by the state. Passing this exam permits Licensed Professional Engineers to offer engineering services directly to the public. A Licensed Engineer is bound by a strict code of ethics. In the State of New York, you can verify online that you are really hiring a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Note: Requirements vary from state to state. The requirements listed below are based on the requirements of the State of New York. However, these are not the official requirements of the State of New York.
Becoming a Licensed Engineer typically requires at least 12 years of acceptable education/experience credit. Some of this is often obtained through college study, although there are other ways of obtaining the required credit.
After obtaining six years of acceptable education and/or experience credit, the candidate takes the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. After passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and obtaining at least 12 years of acceptable engineering/education experience, the Engineer must pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. Only when all requirements have been met can an individual be considered a Professional Engineer.
The state engineering licensure board regulates the licensed practice of engineering within a state. Individual state boards may have different requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer. However, similar exams are used in all states. The Fundamentals of Engineering and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam are prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and are used by all states.
Licensed Engineers are ethically bound to place the public interest above everything else. The licensing, experience, and commitment of a Licensed Engineer is your best protection when selecting someone to perform a pre-purchase home or building inspection. For your protection, choose a Licensed Engineer to perform your pre-purchase inspection.
Heimer Engineering's Engineers are licensed in the State of New York. Some of the Engineers are members of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE). NABIE is a national organization of Licensed Professional Engineers who specialize in home inspections and building inspections. NABIE is a sub-group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). NSPE is a national organization of Licensed Engineers.
The following statement regarding home inspection and building inspection was issued by the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying:
It is the opinion of The Board that the inspection and examination of single or multiple family residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional buildings regarding their structural, electrical, and mechanical subsystems for proper integrity or capacity constitutes the practice of engineering as defined by the "law." Any attempt to determine the structural integrity, capacity of a building, or any subsystem thereof, other than the detection of problems by visual inspection or normal operation of the user’s controls, constitutes the practice of engineering. This would include the diagnosis and analysis of problems with buildings and/or the design of remedial actions.
Therefore, an individual who advertises or practices in this area shall be a registered professional engineer in the State of New York.
Licensing helps assure that a professional is competent, trained, and is working in your interest. These qualities are needed by anyone providing pre-purchase home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, or co-op inspections. The purchase of a home or building is a major investment. Choose a Licensed Engineer for your pre-purchase inspection. Selecting a non-Engineer may save you a few dollars now, or you may have to pay twice for the inspection. And think about what it could cost you later.
Professional Engineers Are Exempt
From Home Inspection
Licensed Engineers are excluded from this licensing requirement because of their extensive training, testing, and experience.
Even with the new licensing
requirements, home inspectors
do not meet the standards
Professional Engineers are held to
The law requiring home inspectors to be licensed had no effect on Licensed Engineers. The training and education requirements for Professional Engineers always exceeded the requirements placed on home inspectors. That is why Heimer Engineering only uses Licensed Engineers. Even with the new licensing requirements, Licensed Home Inspectors do not meet the standards Licensed Engineers are held to.
Emailed Comments to
The following are excerpts of client emails sent to Heimer Engineering℠ regarding our Professional Engineer Home Inspectors. The comments have been edited to remove identifying information, and correct spelling errors.
… was amazing. We had several homes inspected by another company and liked the inspector. He wasn't available for this house. Our lawyer recommended Heimer. Your engineer spent time looking at important things. The other inspector who we thought was good was more concerned with a ceiling crack than the broken air conditioning in the last house we looked at. But it was your report that was truly amazing. Wow! The other inspector's report had pictures. Every picture was in the report at least twice and everything wrong was listed two or three times in the other inspector's report. I couldn't figure out what was going on. And the pictures in the other inspector's report were colorful, but who needs a picture of a wall crack or the statues in front of the house? I took my own pictures. Your report told us what was wrong, when it was going to need repair, and who should fix it. And there were dangerous things in the house that your report highlighted in red. We're buying the house, and we got the seller to lower the price because of the wonderful inspection report. I know who I'm recommending that my friends use for their next inspection. Thank you so so much. :-)
L…, Queens, New York
Thank you for sending … He explained everything and was very patient with us.
J…, Suffolk County
I was a little annoyed that … didn't talk much during the inspection. After the inspection, … went over everything. It was obvious that … was concentrating on the house.
My first deal didn't go through because the sellers backed out. I need another inspection. We loved … Please send … again.
O…, Westchester County
Thank you for sending…. Not only did he do a great job, but he called me back on a Friday evening because I needed an answer right away.
"Our first inspector, …, said he was an Engineer. Turns out he only used a computer program written by an Engineer. Now the sellers won't accept anything the guy said. So I need to pay for an inspection by a real Engineer. Thank you Heimer for sending … on short notice to save our first home purchase."
"We hired a Home Inspector. We've lived in apartments since we were married and didn't know better. The inspector said there was a crack in the foundation. The inspector said an Engineer needed to tell me if it was a problem. My broker said to call Heimer Engineering. Heimer sent an Engineer who said it was not structural. Heimer's Engineer also told me that the electrical service was good (the inspector told me to replace it) and that the chimney only needed pointing (the inspector told me to put new bricks on the chimney). And the Engineer cost less, because he didn't test for radon and didn't charge extra for termites. Next time, I'll get an Engineer the first time. Thank you Heimer Inspections."
S…, Nassau County
The old house needed work, but it was big and cost less than other houses. The floor was sagging, so I had an inspector come who said he could tell me about the floor sagging. He didn't say a word about the sagging, so I asked him. The inspector told me to get an Engineer to check the floor sag. So I paid an Engineer from Heimer after I paid the inspector. Good thing, because Heimer Engineering showed me there were serious problems because of the way this 100-year-old house was built. I got an estimate from a contractor for $90 thousand to rebuild the porch and the second floor. No thank you, deal's off. The broker said I was smart to get an Engineer. I'll use Heimer Engineering for the next inspection!
B…, Westchester County
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Registered Architects, who have experience with pre-purchase inspections, can evaluate your home or building. Just as you should with a Professional Engineer, make sure that the Registered Architect has experience with pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co-op inspections.
Many people call a contractor for a "free" estimate when a problem is suspected. This seems to save the expense of retaining an Engineer. However, many contractors have limited expertise outside their field. For example, a carpenter may have very limited experience with electrical and plumbing issues. Moreover, there is a conflict of interest on the part of the contractor giving you the "free" estimate. A contractor who finds work benefits financially. As a result, you may pay for unneeded repairs.
Heimer Engineering is not a contracting firm, so there is never a conflict of interest in our professional advice. Heimer Engineering is not associated with any contractor. Heimer Engineering does not recommend any contractors. You can count on accurate, professional advice from Heimer Engineering's Licensed Engineers. Depend on the insight and analysis that only an Engineer offers.
How A Consultation By A
Professional Engineer Helps You
There are multiple issues about which an Professional Engineer's professional advise can help you. Examples include:
Expert Court Testimony
Eight Reasons To Choose
A Professional Engineer
- The Licensed Engineer brings years of training and experience to each inspection.
- The Licensed Engineer provides professional judgment on structural soundness.
- The Licensed Engineer provides professional judgment on system capacity.
- The Licensed Engineer has the experience to evaluate unusual situations.
- The Licensed Engineer works for his or her client. There is no conflict of interest.
- The Licensed Engineer is accountable to the State Registration Board.
- The Licensed Engineer is prudent in his or her judgment. The Licensed Engineer will not understate or overstate the seriousness of a problem.
- The Licensed Engineer is bound by ethical standards that help protect you.
Contact Heimer Engineering℠
Heimer 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, call 646.757.4500, or call 631.462.1515. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.
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Heimer Engineering℠ serve the Greater 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).
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.
Standards of Practice
and Code of Ethics
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℠ performs home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York. Expert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.
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