What to Expect from Your Home Inspection-The Jim's

Real Estate

You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to Contracts being drawn. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a satisfactory home inspection.

This inspection Results allows you to ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, you may walk away if challenges arise. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is finished and you have had a  opportunity to review it.

How to Chose an Inspector
Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors they’ve worked with in the past to recommend to you. HGTV suggests 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 discuss their experiences.

4. Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors,  Member-ship in one of these organizations does, however, often mean continued training and education are required.

5. Errors and 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 they might miss something they should see.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, so 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 you and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, ventilation, fireplace and chimney, foundation, and so much more.

Some Inspecors The Jim's have worked with are:

      It is our privilege to recommend a few of our Home Inspectors that we have worked with for many years. This list is designed to help you navigate the details of INSPECTING a HOME. 
     We check on references, compare costs, and gather feedback from our clients and customers who have used the services of those listed below. James McKenna LBA and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage makes no representations or warrantees.  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.
     I hope this resource 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 www.dos.state.ny.us or call DOS at 518-474-4429, or ask to see the home inspector’s licensee.


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 you can trust to give you the most information possible, so 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 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.