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:
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
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.
Superior Home Inspections Services, Inc. can inspect the following items as a part of a full Condo or Coop 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
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:
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:
Call today for a Commercial Inspection: (646) 665-4399
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.
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.
Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is a radioactive gas emitted from the ground that may seep into the home.
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
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:
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:
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.