New York State Licensed Inspectors
What Should a Prospective Buyer Look For in a Home Inspector or Home Inspection Company?
Most importantly, are they licensed?
This may seem like common sense, but there are contractors out there that operate without a license and proper insurance day in and day out. A potential buyer’s first task when choosing a home inspection company should be to research the inspector’s license number. If it is a valid license number, the next thing you should do is check with the New York State Department of Licensing, to make sure the inspector is clear of any violations. Many times, the process of buying a home becomes so overwhelming that the buyers don’t give much thought to the Home Inspection; one of the most important parts of the home buying process. It is important to spend some time and do your research, making sure to qualify your Home Inspector in order to avoid the potential for undiscovered problems with the property down the road. Furthermore, once you are sure the Home Inspectors license is valid and clear from violations, you need to make sure the Inspector or inspection company is Qualified. Anyone can go through the steps and testing required to get a home inspection license, but that doesn’t mean they are Qualified to perform Home Inspections right pout of the gate. It takes years of industry experience to be able to recognize the shortcomings of the home systems which are inspected. Experience is something that SiteCheck Home Inspections carries with them to each and every inspection.
How Does Professional Experience as a Paint Contractor Help in the Home Inspection Process?
When a qualified paint contractor is called to do work on a home, the first thing they must do is identify the failing paint systems. They then work backwards to understand why they’re failing and to locate the source before attempting to repaint a soggy exterior door molding for example or refinish a cracking kitchen ceiling with a bathroom a floor above it. To guarantee that the paint job does not fail again, they must be absolutely certain that the source of the failure has been corrected. Many of the repairs they can perform themselves under their contractor’s license, but for others such as plumbing, electrical, mold, rodent, etc , they lean on their network of licensed contractors to handle the job. In this process, there is a constant evolution of their home systems knowledge. Leaking air handler drip pans, old roof flashing, hydronic baseboard past its serviceable life, these are a few things we’ve seen that have caused major problems in homes which make themselves identifiable through failing paint finishes. With 20 years of combined Paint Contractor experience, we’d like to think we’ve seen it all (but we know we haven’t).
Is your Home Inspector reliable?
When you are interested in a house that is getting a lot of buzz on the market, the last thing you want to have happen is for the Home Inspector to call and say he cannot make the inspection, or even worse, just not show up. When you are waiting for the results of the home inspection to decide whether or not you want to go to contract on the property, your home inspector better show up! Call around; ask them for some references and past customers, the home inspector should be more than happy to provide you with a few.
How long will the Home Inspector spend inspecting an average house?
The answer should be two and half to three hours. If a Home Inspector says he can inspect the average home in under an hour, watch out! The old saying “haste makes waste” could not be more true here, and unfortunately, the person that pays the price for a rushed low cost inspection is the home buyer who gets a substandard inspection. If your Inspector is going to do the job in less than hour, he better have a good explanation of how he plans to do that.