House Inspection

There's a lot more to know about the house you are about to purchase than location, lot size, living area and the year it was built. A house consists of many complex components including exterior components - foundation, framing, roofing - and interior components - electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems.

As experienced and licensed professionals New Jersey Home Inspectors & Home Inspectors NY, we service Brooklyn, Staten Island, The Bronx, Manhattan, and all of New Jersey, we are able to provide you with a thorough inspection of your house, cooperative and condominium – from roof to foundation. From the outside we will check the exterior walls, roof, driveway, deck, etc., and then we will move inside to examine the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. The heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems will all be examined to ensure that they function correctly and don’t need maintenance or replacing. Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, attics and basements (or crawl space) will also receive a thorough check.

Here are some of the many items we will be looking at during your home inspection:

  • Inspection of the site and adjacent grounds;
    Grading, water run off, decks, porches, retaining walls, landscaping, fences, paved areas, sidewalks, walkways, driveways…

  • Structural inspection;
    Wall and floor framing, foundation, bearing and non-bearing walls, flooring and ceiling systems…

  • Exterior inspection;
    Siding, windows and doors, exterior trim, steps and staircases, balconies, decks and porches…

  • Roofing inspection;
    Roof decking, attics, roof sheathing, flashings, parapets, search for leaks and signs of deterioration

  • Inspection of the heating and air conditioning systems;
    Boilers, furnaces, air handlers, air conditioners, duct work, determine capacities, adequacies, efficiencies and equipment life expectancies …

  • Interior inspection including kitchens and bathrooms;
    Interior surfaces, windows and doors, interior trim…

  • Inspection of the plumbing system;
    Water mains, sewer lines, water supply piping, hot water heaters and hot water supply systems

  • Electrical inspection;
    Main electrical panels, branch panels and circuits, wiring, electrical switches, outlets and lighting

We encourage you to come along for the inspection because you will be able to follow the inspector around and visually learn about the condition of your house, how the various systems operate and how to properly maintain them. You will also have the opportunity to ask our New York and New Jersey home inspectors about the contents on the home inspectio report. Who should have better knowledge of a home than its next owner?

If you have any questions, you can contact us at: (646) 665-4399

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Condo & Co-op Inspections

Having a Condo or Co-op inspected is a very vital step and it can be trickier than inspecting a House.  

When you buy a single-family dwelling, the inspection is for all the pieces of that home that you are purchasing. This includes items discussed on the “House Inspection” page of this site, the interior and the exterior of the home, structure and foundation, roof, mechanical systems, electric and plumbing. However, when you buy a condominium, you are not purchasing the entire building, so logically, the Condo or Coop inspection won’t cover the parts that you are not purchasing. 

This isn't true.

Generally, the areas that you may be concerned about around the condo complex that you are looking to buy will be areas that could cost you heavily in repairs in the next few years. You have to be concerned about the state of areas outside of your unit that could end of costing you money through association fees or special assessment fees. 
All of these Items are included in the price of basic Condo/Coop inspection, and no additional charge will be added. 

  • Interior of the Condo or Coop unit
  • Electrical service and branch circuits of the Condo or Coop unit
  • Plumbing inside the Condo or Coop unit
  • Heating and Air Conditioning of the Condo or Coop unit
  • Doors and Windows inside the Condo or Coop unit;
  • We check appliances inside the Condo or Coop unit (if permitted)
And much more….

Superior Home Inspections Services, Inc. can inspect the following items as a part of a full Condo or Coop inspection:

  • Common roofs
  • Parking areas; Trees and landscaping; Communal recreation areas
  • Basement and building structure;
  • Building’s electrical service
  • Building’s plumbing and mechanical systems
  • Building’s Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Vermin and Wood Destroying Insect Inspection

Any concerns that your inspector conveys to you about areas of the complex that you are buying will likely be very valuable to you when you are making a decision regarding whether or not to make the purchase. 

Call today for a Condo & Co-op Inspection: (646) 665-4399

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Commercial Property Inspection for Seller/Buyer

Our qualified team of professionals who’ve had experience inspecting a diverse range of property types will supply you with a commercial property condition assessment report that will help:

  • Sellers prepare a property to be put on the market by finding any problems that may exist for immediate fixing or replacing or to prevent any surprises during the buyer’s inspection.
  • Buyers by spotting anything that may need maintenance or replacing and further reduce the financial risk that comes with buying a commercial property.

Pre-Lease Inspection

If you are entering in to a lease that states you will be responsible for all expenses which are normally associated with ownership, such as utilities, repairs, insurance and taxes, also called a closed end lease. This type of lease states if a component associated with the building is defective or needs replaced, you are responsible for full replacement costs. In many facilities when a component needs replaced it could cost many times more than the monthly lease payment. If the building components are inspected and a baseline is established for the estimated remaining life span, you could present this valuable information to the potential landlord before signing the lease and negotiate the responsibilities of the costs that will occur. Further protecting yourself from many unforeseen costs in the future, and adding to your bottom line.

A Team Approach With A Single Point of Contact

Each commercial building inspection or property condition assessment performed is coordinated by our senior inspector Mark Bendit from Superior Home Inspection Services who works directly with the client from proposal development to final delivery of the completed property condition assessment.

Depending on the level of complexity of the commercial building and your needs, the senior inspector will draw from a team of experts to perform specialized inspections – ranging from structural inspectors to elevator specialists, to ADA compliance inspection.

Types of Properties We Inspect Include:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Bars
  • Condominiums
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Manufacturing Facilities
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motels
  • Multi-Building Complexes
  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Office Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores / Strip Malls
  • Warehouses

Call today for a Commercial Inspection: (646) 665-4399

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Do You Know What's In Your Water?

Did you know your tap water could be contaminated? Superior Home Inspection Services is now offering homes throughout New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ) water quality testing services to assess the quality of your water. Our NY home inspection professionals are certified and qualified in water testing services.

The Safe Drinking Water Act mandates the EPA to strictly regulate the contaminates found in your community's drinking water. To meet these water quality standards, chemicals like chlorine are added to your water supply. As part of the chlorination process, Trihalomethanes (THMs) are released to disinfect most public drinking water systems. The EPA does not allow public water systems to have more than 1/100 parts per billion of THMs in treated water. However, some municipal systems still have difficulty meeting this water quality standard, providing your home with unsafe drinking water.

Water quality testing services

Quality water is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both for drinking and for hygienic reasons. Many people don’t realize that your body actually absorbs more chlorine through your skin and through inhalation during a 10-minute shower than drinking 8 glasses of water in a day! Without your realizing it, your body is constantly exposed to chemicals that weren’t filtered out of your water. This is why it is so important to have your water quality tested regularly.

Call us today to find out more about Water Testing: (646) 665-4399

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Lead Paint

Lead-based paint is a concern in most homes built before 1978. Before the decline in use and eventual ban of lead-based paint, it was considered a high quality and durable paint. It is estimated that over 80% of the homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint.

Exposure to Lead Paint

The primary concern with having lead-based paint in the home is lead poisoning from inhaling lead dust, ingesting lead dust from placing hands or other objects covered with lead dust in the mouth or even ingesting lead paint chips. Particularly at risk are young children under the age of six years. Their innate and indiscriminate habits of putting objects in their mouths make them most susceptible to ingesting lead dust or paint chips. Their smaller body mass allows dangerously high concentrations of lead to develop more easily with minimal exposure. Also at risk from exposure to lead-based paint are pregnant women.

Get your home checked for lead-based paint by our New York home inspections team to protect your family’s health.

Call today to get your home checked for Lead Paint: (646) 665-4399

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Radon Testing

Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is a radioactive gas emitted from the ground that may seep into the home.

EPA Recommends:

  • If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
  • For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
  • Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
  • Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.
  • Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test

EPA estimates that radon causes approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

Radon is a Radioactive Gas that Causes Cancer

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon but it may still be a serious problem in a home. Breathing air containing radon increases the risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.

Test for Radon

Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Our inspectors are trained and licensed in testing for radon. It is essential for both buyers and sellers to test for radon before making a transaction.

For more information about Radon Testing, call: (646) 665-4399

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Asbestos Inspection

Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma - a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity
  • Asbestosis – a condition in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.

Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos, as we all are in our daily lives, do not develop these health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. The fibers can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of disease. Asbestos material that would crumble easily if handled, or that has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder, is more likely to create a health hazard.

Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:

  • Steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly.
  • Resilient floor tiles (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on vinyl sheet flooring, and adhesives used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
  • Cement sheet, millboard, and paper used as insulation around furnaces and wood-burning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation.
  • Patching and joint compounds for walls and ceilings, and textured paints. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
  • Asbestos cement roofing, shingles, and siding. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut.

Our Asbestos Inspection Services

Our New York home inspections professionals are trained in handling asbestos material. In addition, we can perform enviornmental testing. The inspection involves checking any suspected materials by taking samples, assessing their condition, and advice about what corrections are needed and who is qualified to make these corrections. Professional correction or abatement contractors are hired after the inspection to repair or remove asbestos materials.

To learn more about Asbestos Inspections, call: (646) 665-4399

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Mold Testing

Mold Basics

  • Mold is caused by moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, it should be cleaned up promptly and the cause of the moisture should be found and stopped immediately.

Should Mold be Growing in My Home?

Although mold growth is a part of the natural environment, it should be avoided indoors. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold starts to grow when mold spores land on wet surfaces. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Mold has the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Mold can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.

Receiving a Mold Inspection

If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. A trained mold assesor can determine what parts of the property have mold and where the moisture fueling the mold is coming from. Our  inspectors will be able to identify the problem and provide you with the necessary information for hiring a mold removal company.

To learn more about Mold Testing, call us at: (646) 665-4399

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Are You Selling Your Home?

A home inspection is valuable for sellers to help identify any potential problems that may need tending to. If you intend to put your house on the market, a home inspection will identify items that would be called out on a buyer’s inspection, which allows to you to make prior repairs and modifications, putting your house in a more sellable position.

Having a home inspection performed ahead of time helps the seller in many other ways including:

  • It helps you price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make prior repairs and modifications.
  • There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
  • It may reduce your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.

You should always make copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs available to potential buyers.

Most home sellers are now having their homes inspected before they are listed.

Call now for your Pre-Sale Inspection: (646) 665-4399

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Pre-Listing Home Inspection (For Realtors)

An inspection of your client’s home can help you sell it easier, faster and more profitably by addressing any issues on the front end, rather than in the negotiation process. Having any issues in the home addressed before a potential buyer walk-through will increase the chances of the home selling without any problems or speed bumps.

With a pre-listing inspection your home can sell faster and for a higher price without any renegotiations because the results of an inspection will be presented ahead of time. Your potential buyer will be reassured about the condition of the home from the detailed inspection report. A pre-inspected listing will also give you the ability to fix any problems and deal with any issues ahead of time, so there won’t be any surprises.

Superior Home Inspection Services is always ready to work with qualified realtors.

Call us today for a Pre-Listing Inspection Quote: (646) 665-4399

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Final Walk-Through Inspection

A final walk-through inspection is important to all buyers because it's your last chance to inspect the property before closing. The whole point of the walk-through inspection is to protect yourself and your future property from sellers that may not have lived up to the terms of the contract. If the seller has not, you want to know about it in advance of the closing so a solution can be agreed upon before the deal is sealed.

We are always ready to come along for the final walk-through and complete a final inspection. We will accompany you during the walk-through to make sure there are no new problems or items needing fixing and that any repairs or maintenance jobs that were required are completed satisfactorily. 

If you are ready to purchase your new home or commercial real estate, call us to set up the Final Walk-Through Inspection:
(646) 665-4399

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