So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your offer contingent on a good home inspection.
This contingency might allow you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home if there are any Safety issues etc. , ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. The Jim's can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
How to Choose an Inspector:
We will recommend a list of inspectors that we have worked with in the past. HGTV recommends that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.
Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that continued training and education are provided.
Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, that way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.
Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace and chimney, the foundation, and so much more!
They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional who you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.
The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. James McKenna Licensed Broker Associate & Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. James McKenna LBA, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage & Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.
We have had years of personal experience with the below Home Inspection Companies and have check on references, compared costs, and gathered feedback from our clients and customers who have used the services of those listed below. Jim & Jim McKenna and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage make no representations or warranties. Although we cannot guarantee the quality of the work any of these people will provide, we feel confident that we can give a strong recommendation for each and every person listed. We have included more than one provider. We hope this will be of tremendous value to you. Once again, we thank you for your business, and look forward to taking great care of you and the people that you refer to us to buy or sell a home. Many thanks. The Jim's
Long Island Home Inspections Eric Caminati 516-987-3538
House Master Home Inspection Matt Kaplan 631-724-6800
Safe Harbor Inspections Inc James Rupport 631-275-8080
House Detectives NY Tim Gill 631-225-1000