30
Dec

New York Home Inspections

Home Inspections in New York and New Jersey

Progauge Home Inspections is a Home Inspection Company providing Affordable Home Inspections and Quality Home Inspections throughout areas New York City, greater New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and boroughs Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island. Getting a Home Inspected Before Buying is an absolutely critical component of purchasing a home. You must know what you are buying, especially considering a home is a large and possible lifetime investment. Lending agencies such as banks will require a Certified Home Inspection prior to lending you money, starting a mortgage, or closing the deal. Just like you, they want to be absolutely sure of the money’s worth when it comes to the home. Problems found during a Home Inspection are not necessarily always deal breakers or an investment death sentence — they merely allow for the most accurate monetary value of what is being offered. While these are not Home Appraisals, as Home Inspectors do not judge the value of the home (instead they report the conditions of said home), this allows buyers and lenders to be fully aware of every contingency. Home Inspections are a critical part in ethical business.

Home Inspections have an added bonus in that they allow Home Inspectors to walk the homeowner’s through their new home, getting them familiar with its components and functioning. While you do not necessarily need to come along on the Home Inspector’s Home Inspection, it is highly encouraged that you join your Home Inspector on his tour as a a Quality Home Inspector will not deny you this privilege — if they do, consider this a red flag. A Home Inspector’s purpose is to be thorough and report his findings in a clear, objective manner.

Whether you’re buying or selling, a Home Inspection in the NYC area done by Progauge Home Inspections is the best choice out there! We also provide Accurate Home Inspections for newly built homes or those undergoing construction. Old and new, all homes need a Home Inspection done right.

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21
Dec

Home Inspection What You Don’t Know

Home Inspection

Home Inspection

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What You Don’t Know

Almost 40% of existing homes experience the ill effects of some significant defect. These sorts of faults can be incredibly costly, even up to $15,000 in repairs. Shield you and your investments from sudden, unexpected repair costs by investing in a quality home inspection before purchasing your a new house. Banks and many other lending organizations demand a home inspection as part of the home buying process. A qualified home inspection can save you money in the long run.

No Repair Work

Home inspectors are just that — home inspectors. While it may seem convenient to hire someone to go through the process of both inspection and updating/repairs, it is best to hire professionals for specific tasks. You want the best plumber for your plumbing issues, just as you want the best home inspector for your home inspection. Hiring someone to do both your home inspection and any repairs presents a conflict of interest and puts the professional in a biased position that may tamper the inspection findings. One accredited organization, The American Society of Home Inspectors, strictly forbids members from soliciting repair bids.

Behind Your Walls

A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of the house, which means the investigation does not extend beyond the surface. Lifting up a throw rug is different than breaking down the walls to peer behind them. A quality home inspection is thorough, but cannot cover every potential defect in the home, especially those that may be hidden away. However, a trustworthy home inspector can offer you assistance in gathering as much information as possible as you make your decision.

Is Your House Up To Code?

Although a home not in code compliance is a vulnerability and financial risk, a home inspection does not typically verify whether or not the home is up to code. While home inspectors have knowledge of the area’s codes, they are not code compliance inspectors. Older homes or those with dated renovations done by the previous owners may not meet modern building code standards, which vary in area. A home not in compliance with local codes may not benefit from modern technologies, such as contemporary fire alarms or in-home sprinklers. Additions to the home may require updates before a building permit will be issued.

10
Dec

Home Inspection – Common Issues Found

Home Inspection – Common Issues Found

The ideal home inspection covers the entirety of the property, but there are common areas of the home when it comes to discovery of problems. This is not a comprehensive list, as each home is unique and may present its own unique problems. Here are some common areas that need attention:

Electrical Wiring

Faulty wiring means you are not only wasting energy and possibly seeing a higher electricity bill, but it’s the third most common cause of fire in the home.

Older homes may not be equipped to handle your modern electrical needs, resulting in many extension cords running throughout the home, which can put a huge overload on your electrical system. Exposed and improperly insulated wiring are susceptible to physical damage and present another potential fire hazard.

Reversed polarity of an outlet, which is when the “Hot” and “Neutral” wires are placed on the improper terminal, is another common error. Double taps, where there are two electrical circuits attached to a single breaker, are equally cause for concern.

Heating Systems

Like any system, those involved in heating the home need to be maintained and regularly checked. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not go through this maintenance process, leading to a common scenario where it the heating system becomes dirty. Dirt and grime can block the ventilation systems and result in over- or under-heating of the home, as well as higher than normal electrical bills. Improper installation can also lead to problems.

Plumbing

Poor plumbing in the home can result in a lifetime of exacerbating problems. Homes with septic tanks ill-equipped to handle the sewage can easily overflow and cause flooding. Plumbing issues are usually leaks from improper installation and insulation or because the system is outdated and worn down. Leaks can result in mold infestation and loss of structural integrity. In older homes, a galvanized water main results in poor water pressure due to corrosion.