Infrared Inspections by Certified Inspectors, Mineola NY
Certified Home Inspectors License # 16000047085 – New York State, Mineola. Me, Tom Driscoll, and my house engineer and home inspectors will give you – the real estate home buyer a thorough Thermal Imaging Home Inspection service of your real estate property in Long Island, New York, building systems, heating system, air conditioning- plus roof examination – with a detailed Property Condition Report complete with photos, for both the houses’ interior and exterior. This is needed and very important so that you do not have any unpleasant, and often expensive, surprises or conditions (like asbestos or mold) nor costly repairs after you buy your new house – which could be a disaster! Your pre-purchase examination is part of a professional real estate buy offer and the sale will be dependent upon the state of the structure.
>>Termite Pest home investigations included at no extra price!
Call us first – you will be glad you did – Mineola, NY 516-415-3230 or 516-855-HOME (4663)
Selecting the Right Property Inspector for Your Real Estate Purchase
Price does not determine a quality; some people will offer it as low as $100.00, but these low-cost services – are not professionals – these people claim to be licensed and certified or members of trade associations such as ours – International Society of Certified Home Inspectors INTER Nachi, but ARE NOT. This is a sign that they are inexperienced in building codes, often under-equipped, and/or who rush through numerous house examinations each day with no written reports. They provide only a basic, and inadequate report or checklist that they prepare quickly and carelessly. Photos plus recommendations are not included, so your real estate buying decision will be less informed and could even be hazardous to your financial well-being if building defects are not discovered – BEFORE you buy the house! We follow best practices industry standards for structural building system reviews.
Review for Service
Customer Name: Richard Baxter
Date: July 15, 2015
“Really checked out the house from top to bottom…”
“With their inspector I know precisely all the condition information about this property so I feel confident in my real estate buying decision”
Costs: What to Look For in Service Cost, Home Checklists and Reports
When buying or selling a real estate, don’t settle for less than the top standards we offer. Our inspectors are certified, professionally trained and equipped with cutting-edge equipment – so you get the best service at the best price. We pay attention to detail and the state of building materials that an untrained eye would not be able to notice. For example without the use of an infrared camera, the poor wall insulation in the photo on the left would not be noticed and thus cause trouble in the future.
Property Inspection Checklist: Written Reports of Building Conditions
We include thorough and detailed computerized statements that include digital images of the building, making them very easy to understand. Within 24-48 hour duration of the inspectors analysis, the client is sent the review conclusions report in writing. This time is needed in order to complete a full review of which outlines the findings noted along with best recommendations for property improvement and any possible building construction code violations – including termite analysis and evaluations – this is not true for other inspection companies!
Our Company’s Real Estate Property Inspectors are Fully Licensed & Insured with the Highest Level of Training
Our professionally trained and Licensed by New York State workers have all the proper engineering & building skills, tools plus expertise to identify problems during your service that a home buyer or seller who is untrained will not see, especially during a time when stress and emotions are running high with excitement and anticipation about the experience of buying a new place. Be your best housemaster – hire us!
Common House Issues & Defects Often Discovered During Reviews
Our inspectors find these types of construction and maintenance issues during our real estate inspection services:
- Anything that might prevent you from obtaining a mortgage or live in the house, make rentals and get homeowners or rental insurance on the house.
- Safety hazards such as a problem with the electrical system that could harm either you or destroy the property.
- Things that can lead to significant problems, such as a small roof leak that can lead to interior damage.
- Major problems such as structural issues or conditions that could cause water intrusion leading to mold issues.
Real Estate Examination Checklist – We use for all Property Reviews
When we perform your service we use a comprehensive checklist like this, to point out issues, and to make sure that we are examining all parts of your residence to search thoroughly for all your houses conditions to report.
During your service, we check off those items that are in acceptable condition and make notes about those that are in poor repair and may require renovation before purchasing the real estate property.
Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!
That is WHY you need a good inspector to check out the house you intend to buy – BEFORE you buy! So you can live in comfort with peace of mind for years to come!
This checklist should not be relied upon as a report, nor should it be considered a substitute for an actual review. This list is representative, but NOT exhaustive.
If you require a house review study, contact us at (516-415-3230) we are qualified, educated, licensed and experienced and proud members of the trade association INTER-NACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) Go with the Professionals.
1. Grounds Environmental
Proper grading drainage away from house
No leaks from septic tank or leach field
Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in beautiful shape
No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof
Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in solid standing, no clue of termite destruction or rotted wood
Railings on stairs and floors are adequate and secure
Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in serviceable state, and pitched away from structure
Downspout drainage directed away from structure
2. House Structure
Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level
Sides of house seem straight, not bowed or sagging
Window and door frames appear square (especially bowed windows)
Visible foundation in a proper manner- seems straight, plumb, with no significant cracks
3. Exterior Surfaces
Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials (6″ minimum); no wood-to-earth contact
Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay
Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling or flaking components Stucco: no large cracks (discuss all stucco cracks with a professional inspector) Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, deterioration, no bowing or loose siding
No vines on surface of structure
Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters
No stains on exterior surfaces
4. Windows, Doors, and Wood Trim
Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay
Joints around frames are caulked
No broken glass (window or storm panes) or broken screens, no broken double- paned, insulated window seals.
Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good presentation
Storm windows or thermal glass used
Drip caps installed over windows
Composition shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, flawed or missing shingles, no more than two layers of roofing
Wood shingles or shakes: no mold, rot or decay, no cracked/broken/missing shingles, no curling
Flat roofs: no obvious patches, no cracks or splits, minimal blisters/”alligatoring” and wrinkles, no silt deposits (indicates improper drainage), sealed tar at flashings
Flashing around roof penetrations
No signs of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk
Soffits and fascia: no decay, no stains
Exterior venting for eave areas: vents are clean and not painted over
Gutters: no decay or rust, joints sealed, attached securely to structure, no bending or sagging, no sections of gutter or downspout missing, gutters clean, no mud deposits
Chimneys: straight, properly flashed, no info of broken bricks or cracked joints, mortar/cement cap in satisfactory presence
No stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations
No marks of decay or injury to structure
Sufficient insulation and properly installed insulation (moisture barrier installed closest to the heated area of the house)
Adequate ventilation, clear path into attic for air entering through soffit vents, adequately sized gable end louvers, all mechanical ventilation operational
No plumbing, exhaust or appliance vents terminating in attic
No open electrical splices
6. Interior Rooms
Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level
No stains on floors, walls or ceilings
Flooring materials in capital fashion
No significant cracks in walls or ceilings
Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping, “weep holes” installed
Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, no broken hardware
Paint, wall covering, and paneling in nice shape
Wood trim installed well and in select form
Lights and switches operate properly
Adequate number of three-pronged electrical outlets in each room
Electrical outlets test properly (spot check)
Heating/cooling source in each habitable room
Indication of adequate insulation in walls
Fireplace: no cracking or marred masonry, no manifestation of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade), damper operates properly, flue has been cleaned, flue is lined
Working exhaust fan that is vented to the exterior of the building
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (“GFCI”) protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s)
Dishwasher: drains properly, no leaks, baskets, door spring operates properly
No leaks in pipes under sinks
Floor in cabinet under sink solid, no stains or decay
Water flow in sink adequate
No excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes
Built-in appliances operate properly
Cabinets in strong bearing: doors and drawers operate properly
Working exhaust fan that doesn’t terminate in the attic space
Adequate flow and pressure at all fixtures
Sink, tub and shower drain properly
Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in service mode
If sink is metal, it shows no signs of rust, overflow drain doesn’t leak
Toilet operates properly
Toilet stable, no rocking, no stains around base
Caulking in nice semblance inside and outside of the tub and shower area
Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid
No stains or witness of past leaking around base of bath or shower
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required by local ordinances
Stairway treads and risers solid
Stair handrails where needed and in good condition
Automatic garage door opener operates properly, stops properly for obstacles
10. Basement or Mechanical Room
No testimony of moisture
Exposed foundation; no stains no major cracks, no flaking, no efflorescence
Visible structural wood: no sagging, no damage, no decay, no stains, no damage from insects, sills attached to foundation with anchor bolts
Insulation at rim/band joists
11. Crawl Space
Adequately vented to exterior
Insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes
Insulation between crawl space and heated areas, installed with vapor barrier towards heated area
No data of insect damage
No confirmation of moisture damage
Visible pipes: no damage, no signs of leaks, no signs of stains on materials near pipes; drain pipes slope slightly down towards outlet to septic/sewage system
Water heater: no signs of rust, vented properly, sized to produce adequate quantities of hot water for the number of bedrooms in the house.
Pump: does not short cycle
Galvanized pipes do not restrict flow
Hot water temperature between 118 – 125 degrees Fahrenheit
Visible wiring: in sound condition, no “knob-and-tube” wiring, no exposed splices, cables secured and protected
Service panel: adequate capacity, all cables attached to panel with cable connectors; fuses or breakers are not overheating
No aluminum cable for branch circuits
14. Heating/Cooling System
Appears to operate well throughout (air flow on forced hot air systems)
Flues: no open seams, angles and slopes up to chimney connection
No rust around cooling unit
No combustion gas odor
Air filter(s) clean
Ductwork in good condition
No asbestos on heating pipes, pipes or air ducts
Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal
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