Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection

Real Estate

So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to contracts being sent out. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, to walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector
Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you (see list at end of Blog). HGTV recommends that you consider the following five areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.

2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report, the better.

3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.

4. 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.

5. 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 have missed something they should have seen.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection (The Jim's strongly suggest this) 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!

Bottom Line
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.

Jim & Jim’s  Recommendations for a Home Inspection Company:

We have had years of  personal experience with the below  Licensed 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. James McKenna LBA 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.         

Yours sincerely, Jim & Jim McKenna LBA & LSA 

InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector®
10 Beach Manor Ct.
West Islip, NY 11795
Matthew Kaplan Operations Manager

John Zeoli
New Home Inspectors
Win Home Inspection Bob O'Gorman, CRI
NYS Lic # 16000010943

or a home inspection company of YOUR choice..
Effective 12/31/2005, Article 12-B of the NYS Real Property Law took effect. The text of the article states any individual that claims to be able to inspect a home for compensation, MUST BE LICENSED. To check the name of licensed home inspectors, visit the DOS website at or call DOS at 518-474-4429, or ask to see the home inspector’s licensee.

 The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. James McKenna Associate Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage & 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 Associate Real Estate Broker, 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.