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Home, Building, Condo, and Co-op Inspections
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An Engineer's inspection, a home and building 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 if you have questions. We are happy to help you.
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All inspections are subject to a pre-inspection agreement. Some home inspection firms do not tell you the terms of the inspection until they arrive on site. Heimer Engineering discloses the terms of the inspection in a pre-inspection agreement on our website.
Use of a pre-inspection
agreement is standard
practice in the
State of New York.
If you use an inspection company that does not require a pre-inspection agreement, they are inexperienced in the field of pre-purchase inspections. Use of a pre-inspection agreement is standard practice in the State of New York, and required by liability insurance carriers. No matter what inspection firm you choose, be sure and review the terms of the inspection and their pre-inspection agreement.
Questions And Answers
- Why is there a pre-inspection agreement? The pre-inspection agreement discloses the limitations of the inspection. These limitations exist in all pre-purchase inspections. There is no tool or technique that can overcome these limitations. Example limitations include we cannot see through walls, and cannot predict whether a tree branch will fall on your house. An informed client should be aware of all limitations.
- Does the pre-inspection agreement matter? For almost all clients, the pre-inspection agreement is simply a statement of the terms of the inspection. However, some clients try and turn an inspection into an insurance policy. We have had clients ask us to pay for replacing light bulbs. These very rare clients require us to be very specific in the contract.
- Are the pre-inspections agreements "legal"? Courts in the State of New York have recognized pre-inspection agreements as being enforceable. Without an agreement, anyone performing pre-purchase inspections would be severely limited in what they could tell you. Having an enforceable agreement works to your benefit, as the Engineer can accurately describe the conditions of the home or building you are considering purchasing. Without such an agreement, the Engineer would have to limit what he told you.
- What if I do not agree with the pre-inspection agreement? Find an inspection firm that has an agreement you find acceptable. All legitimate pre-purchase inspection firms have similar agreements. If you find a pre-purchase inspection firm without an agreement, they are inexperienced and you should stay away from them.
- Is there a difference between a home inspector's pre-inspection agreement and an Engineer's pre-inspection agreement? Yes. A home inspector who is not an Engineer should disclose that limitation in the pre-inspection agreement.
- Why don't other inspection companies post their agreements on the Web? Many pre-purchase inspection firms do not tell you about the agreement until they arrive at the inspection. If you send them away, you risk losing the house or building. We conduct our business the same way we perform inspections: Truthfully, honestly, and with full disclosure of what we can and cannot do. We tell you the conditions of the inspection in the pre-inspection agreement, just like we tell you the condition of the home or building after the inspection.
Heimer Engineering's professional services are only available in the State of New York.
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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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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 in the areas outside of the State of New York. We also 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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2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 230
Commack, New York, USA 11725-2947
New York Metro Area: 800.605.1500
Bronx, New York: 718.547.2000
Brooklyn, New York: 718.237.7777
Manhattan, New York: 212.563.4777
Nassau County, New York: 516.487.2100
Putnam County, New York: 845.638.4900
Queens, New York: 718.544.3000
Staten Island, New York: 718.227.5000
Suffolk County, New York: 631.858.5500, 631.549.2500, 631.288.3900
Westchester County, New York: 914.576.6100
Fax: 631.858.5599, 646.795.4571
Coordinates: 40.8439215, -73.2871259
International Standard of Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4 Classification: 71
North American Industry Classification System (SAISC) Classification: 541330, 541350