Home Inspections

Importance of a Home Inspection:

Buying a home is most likely the largest purchase you are ever going to make. Before endeavoring in such a large purchase, it is important to do your due diligence.  This begins with a home inspection.  A home inspection is usually performed before the contract of sale is signed. It is intended to allow a purchaser to make a fully informed decision about entering into a real estate transaction by being fully aware of all of the problems or potential problems with a prospective property. A home inspection is performed by a trained professional and it can help to reveal issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye such as structural problems, basement leakage, dangerous electrical conditions, and potential environmental hazards like lead paint or mold. The cost of a home inspection is usually paid for by the potential buyer. You should make yourself available to be at the home inspection. This will be your chance to take a detailed tour of the home with a trained profession and have all your questions answered regarding the condition of the property.

The home inspection will cover everything from the roof to the basement, and everything in between. Here are some of the areas that as a buyer you should stay special attention to:

1) Roof

Potential roofing problems include:

  • Loose, damaged, or missing shingles
  • Mold or rot
  • Obvious holes or leaks
  • Places where repairs have been made in the past
  • Hanging, loose, or damaged gutters
  • Improper venting, clogged vents, or vents that have been painted over
  • Any issues with the chimney

2) Attic

What to look for:

  • Stains and water damage to the ceiling
  • Evidence of rodent or insect infestation
  • Improperly installed or missing insulation
  • Vents are properly installed

3) Heating and Cooling Systems:

Common issues include:

  • Systems is properly maintained
  • Filters are clean
  • Cold and/or hot spots

4) Electrical Systems

Potential problems to watch out for:

  • Wiring that isn’t up to code
  • Insufficient amps
  • Improperly operating or installed outlets
  • Insufficient amount or placement of outlets
  • Improperly installed or inaccessible breaker box

5) Plumbing

Common plumbing issues include:

  • Low water pressure
  • Rusted or leaking pipes
  • Dripping faucets
  • Slow drains, or drains that “back up” into other areas
  • Water taking too long to get hot
  • Toilets flushing slowly or continuing to run after flushing
  • Water pressure diminishing when other faucets are turned on

6)  Appliances

Signs that appliances might be at the end of their usefulness include:

  • Age
  • Loud noises
  • Strange odors when the appliance is running
  • Poor overall condition
  • Missing knobs or handles
  • Mold or mildew on the seals

7) Basement

Common issues include:

  • Signs of mold and mildew
  • Cracking walls
  • Damp floors or walls
  • Odors
  • Stains

8) Structure

Signs indicating an issue with a building’s structure:

  • Walls that appear to bow, either inward or outward
  • Sagging ceilings
  • Doors or windows that appear uneven, leaving gaps
  • Cracked or sliding foundation
  • Sloping walls

9) Energy Efficiency

Signs that the Property may not be energy efficient.

  • Single-paned glass
  • Poor condition of door and window seals
  • Moisture building up on the inside of walls, doors, and windows
  • Signs of mildew on window sills and door frames
  • Drafts near windows and doors
  • Windows and doors with gaps when fully closed

10) Curb Appeal

These problems can include:

  • Cracked, broken, or peeling siding or stucco
  • Peeling paint
  • Missing or crumbling brick and mortar
  • Poorly maintained garages and sheds
  • Signs of water pooling toward the foundation, rather than away from it

You shouldn’t expect to have a perfect home after an inspection but knowing the property’s issues can held you make an informed decision.  If some major issues arise you have the following options. You can:

  • Request that the seller pay for the necessary repairs
  • Lower your offer to account for the repairs you’ll need to make
  • Ask for a credit for the repairs at closing
  • Withdraw your offer

Who am I?
I am a Real Estate Transaction Attorney.  My sole practice area is real estate purchases and sales for residential and commercial properties. I have successfully closed over 5000 transactions.  I also represent local and national lenders in New York City and Long Island. My practice primarily serves the following communities in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, New York City and Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk):  Bangladesh, Pakistani, Indian, Arab.  My staff speaks Bengali, Urdu, and Hindi.  We understand these communities and are sensitive to their cultural and religious diversity, in particular the Islamic/Muslim faith.

By |2018-09-01T19:04:11+00:00August 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Home Inspections