What is a home inspection?
Home Inspection is defined as the process by which a home inspector observes and provides a
written report of the systems and the components of a residential building including but not limited to:
- Heating System
- Cooling System
- Plumbing System
- Electrical System
- Structural Components - foundation, roof masonry structure, exterior and interior components or any other related residential building component recommended by the Home Inspection Council and
implemented by the Department of State through the regulatory process.
is the best time to schedule a home inspection?
The best time to schedule a home inspection is right after the offer to purchase contract is signed, prior to
executing the final purchase and sales agreement. However, before you sign the offer to purchase contract, be sure that your Realtor includes an inspection clause in your contract making the purchase
obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the Buyer and Seller are obligated. Home inspectors are aware of the time constraints involved
in purchase agreements and most are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.
How long will the inspection take?
A typical inspection will take about 2-3 hours. The size, age, and overall condition of the home will cause some variability in the actual inspection time.
Should the utilities be on?
The short answer is "yes". With the utilities on, we will be able to check the functionality of the various systems of the house. The absence of electricity,
water, and gas places restrictions on the inspector.
Do you inspect newly built homes?
Yes. Any home you buy, whether antique or newly built is a major investment. It is in your best interest to know everything you can about the house before you buy
Will I be able to attend the home inspection?
Certainly! In fact we encourage our clients to come along on the inspection. It's the best way to learn about the home. It's also the perfect time to ask the
inspector questions about specific concerns you may have.
Who gets a copy of the home inspection report?
YOU! Your report is confidential. You are the client and when you purchase a home inspection it becomes proprietary to you. You can do with it what you wish.
How quickly can I get my home inspection report?
We will provide an electronic version in .Pdf format within 48 hours of the inspection.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause
of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and have high radon levels in your home, you're at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure
indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation
Are you certified to do inspections?
Caliber Home Inspection is certified by the State of New York as home inspectors, having met or exceeded all of the criteria set forth by the state. We are also bound by
a code of ethics, state law and the New York Standards of Practice and Conduct. We have all of the applicable licenses and certifications on hand for your review. Make sure whomever you choose
Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal
inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property at the time of
inspection and indicates what may need repair or replacement. A home inspector won't tell you how long something is going to last, or the value of something.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. The findings serve to educate you in advance about the
condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be
involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.
Who else will attend the inspection?
Many variables affect who attends a home inspection. In most cases, however, Buyers hire us as their private consultant, which means the buyer or buyer's agent should
have the last word on who should attend their home inspection.
Real estate agents usually coordinate who attends the home inspection, but circumstances often override their preferences. In some cases, Buyers are unable to attend because they live out of the area
or are not able to get time off from work. In those instances, Home Inspectors may be accompanied by the Buyers agent or a representative on the Buyers side. In most cases, Buyers will attend all or
part of my home inspection. This may occur with or without his/her Agent, or it may also include contractors and possibly some relatives and friends.
Whether Sellers should attend the inspection is more complicated. Buyers cannot forbid the Sellers from remaining during the inspection. Some Sellers willingly leave for a few hours, some remain
without involving themselves in the inspection, and still others become actively involved, engaging the buyers in lengthy conversations or shadowing the Inspector on every step. It’s always best to
have the Sellers leave for the duration of the inspection if possible. The bottom line is that the confidential inspection report and our labors are contracted by a "client". In most cases that
"client" is a prospective home buyer although it can also be a home seller getting a "Pre-Listing" inspection. We have no obligation to provide anyone a copy of the report without written consent
from the client.
What shall I do to prepare for the home inspection?
It's helpful for you (or the Realtor) to notify the Seller that all utilities must be on and all gas pilots lit prior to the inspection. We will be looking over all areas
of the home and its mechanical systems. In order for us to complete the work properly, we must have access to all areas, including the attic, garage, and all mechanical equipment. If we cannot gain
access to certain components due to stored materials or some other reason, the home inspection cannot be completed. This will be reported as "not inspected" and may create surprises for you when you
do finally gain access to these areas.
Who picks the home inspector?
YOU. The person who is paying the home inspector is responsible for picking the inspection company. While referrals are great, and recommendations from realtors are great
(of which we are benefactors of) you should do your own research and pick a company that meets your needs, is affordable and trustworthy.
We hope that we have answered all of your questions but if you have anything further don't hesitate to call us.
Caliber Home Inspection