Best Long Island Home Inspection Obtains A+ Accreditation Rating from Better Business Bureau

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1/26/2016
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Company: Best Long Island Home Inspection.com
Address: 350 Latham Road Mineola, NY 11501
Telephone Number: 516-415-3230
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Best Long Island Home Inspection Obtains A+ Accreditation
Rating from Better Business Bureau

Best Long Island Home Inspection, a new division of Solid City Company located in Mineola NY on Long Island, announced that they got A+ Accreditation Rating from Better Business Bureau.
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According to BBB or Better Business Bureau, the rating that was obtained by Best Long Island Home Inspection was based on 13 different factors and those factors that pushed up the rating of Solid City Group, Inc. up include the number of months or years the company has been providing its services or products and the absence of any complaints that were filed with Better Business Bureau.

Better Business Bureau has said that Solid City Group, Inc. has met the accreditation standards that include a dedication to making a positive faith effort in resolving any consumer complaint. The BBB accredited businesses do pay a charge for accreditation evaluation or monitoring and also for the support of Better Business Bureau services to the public. The accreditation from BBB doesn’t mean that the business’ services or products were assessed or endorsed by Better Business Bureau or that the agency has made a purpose as to the product’s quality and ability in performing services.

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There are many unqualified and inexperienced people who are selling their services for home inspection in the Long Island NY area which jeopardizes the home buyers with either incomplete or fraudulent reports on the property conditions. The residents have horror stories to share about hiring one of these people only to find that their new home needs expensive and extensive repairs.
certified home inspector - Call Today - We will inspect tomorrowTom Driscoll, the President of Solid City Group, Inc. and owner of Best Long Island Home Inspection, is proud to have all the New York state required licensing and insurance in place to protect Long Islanders who want to purchase real estate. He said, “I am proud to display the BBB Better Business Bureau A+ rating on all my company materials. Consumers know that they can trust us because we have passed the BBB stringent requirements.” Best Long Island Home Inspection specializes in home inspections in Long Island New York. Termite inspections is included with all home inspections. The company has gained its accreditation last November 3, 2015.
The Best Long Island Home Inspection wants to have the chance to educate the consumers about the difference in the accredited firms and those which are unlicensed and unqualified.
The Best Long Island Home Inspection specializes in home inspections and they offer their services in Long Island New York. This company aims to help home buyers ensure the quality of a property they want to buy.

 

Sellers Get a Pre-Purchase House Inspection

Home Inspection Before Listing House for Sale by Sellers

Buying a house is one of the single-biggest investments and decisions that individuals make; by increasing homebuyers’ peace of mind, a pre-purchase inspection can be very beneficial in that choice. Finding an expert in your area who can offer a detailed, certified and professional inspection is important before you actually move in because it could save you money, time and from frustrations in the long run.

pre purchase house inspectionA sound home inspection provides you with the necessary information to make an educated purchasing decision, allowing you to understand if there are any potential problems or discrepancies beforehand. That’s where we can help you; as a member of a good standing and trusted community like the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), we have the knowledge and experience to help guide your decisions.
A certified inspector will provide you with unbiased information about any major repairs or upgrades that might be necessary. Looking before you leap is available and much more effective if you’ve got a trained pair of eyes working for you. When you’re spending valuable resources for a personal property that will possibly be a home for many years for you and your family, We let you know you’ve made a sound decision because you will be guided by a qualified and reliable home inspector.

An inspection will typically look at the condition of the structure’s main components, including the roof, foundation, drainage, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, walls, doors and electrical system. These are typically areas that go unnoticed by homebuyers who are usually more interested in the room sizes, decor, and amenities. A trained eye can pick out what you might miss during the walkthrough.

Digging deeper into the details such as the kind of valves used in the plumbing, the type of drywall, method of insulation and potential health/allergen problems; can make an enormous difference in the process and these slight details are matters known only by an expert. Given that the inspector is your advocate in the procedure, what he knows – you know, and their specialized knowledge becomes your power in determining which home to buy and how much to offer.

A home inspector’s completed report gives you an overview of the property’s condition, as observed at the time of inspection. Typically, it will show the condition of every major system and component of the home, as well as areas or parts of a home that are unsafe, need to be repaired or replaced now, or may need servicing in the near future. A pre-inspection can also turn up evidence of past problems.

Armed with the inspection, you may opt to ask the seller to make certain repairs, accept a lower offer, or compensate for possible repair costs. Ultimately, you may choose not to buy the house.
A pre-inspection also then arms you with valuable information going into what may be the largest purchase of your life and choosing someone you can trust to objectively and independently provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the property is imperative. A professional who’s working in your best interests and offering guidance is a great way to help safeguard your investment.

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What is a Home Inspection?

questions to ask home inspectors

Questions about Home Inspections – Home Buyers Need to Know – Before they Buy that House

What is it?

Simply put it is the process of inspecting and or studying a home that is available for real estate purchase. Nothing in the home is disturbed during the review which is mainly a visual analysis of the home structure, foundation, roof and important systems such as plumbing, heating and cooling and electrical.

Who does it?

These inspections of houses are conducted by individuals who have trained in the art and science of evaluating property and reporting on its condition to prospective buyers and or property owners who are planning to list their property for sale.  Industry associations such as the international Association of certified home inspectors  issue certifications to those who have passed the professional requirements to perform complete home inspections.

How much does it cost?

Please are dependent upon your location and the size and age of the house.  Some inspection services include pest inspections such as termite and high-tech imaging using thermal heat imaging to look behind walls for hidden damage.  As an example, in Long Island New York the range is from $300-$500.

Keep in mind that the few hundred dollars cost of the inspection could save you the homebuyer tens of thousands of dollars and future headaches for big repairs and renovations that were unknown at the time of purchase.

What does it include?

The home inspector’s report will review the full house and its systems including heating, central air conditioning, interior plumbing, visible insulation, floors, ceilings, Windows, foundation, basement and walls.  Some inspectors will include more services than the standard home inspection these can include thermal heat imaging – often known as an energy audit – mold testing and termite pest inspections also.

Should I be there during the home inspection?

Yes, this is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the home you are considering purchasing. Also you may have questions that the home inspector can answer for you with their professional building knowledge.  But please do not cover about the inspector, you have hired them to do a service and they need to concentrate on the work at hand.

Do they use an inspection checklist?

Most professional inspectors will use the pros tools such as the official home inspection checklist issued by trade Association. It will include all of your major home systems, roofs, walls, windows, doors, floors, foundations, and basements.

What happens afterwards?

If the home inspector finds systems and or building structure issues that are not performing correctly or are considered dangerous the buyer will be notified immediately.  The inspector will issue a description of the problem in writing, including photos, and recommend further evaluation and repair

Home buyers need to negotiate with the property sellers to decide who will pay for these repairs and when they will be done. If the repairs are extensive and expensive the homebuyer can choose to not close the real estate deal.

How to Choose Home Inspector

Look for credentialed and well-trained individuals and companies in your area who are members of the major trade associations such as INTERNachi – the international Association of certified home inspectors. This way you are certain that these individuals have had proper training and met exacting guidelines.  While reviews can be helpful.. some bad inspection companies has posted fake reviews.. so go with the safe choice..a certified member of a major trade association.  Here is a link to the – Find a Certified Home Inspector by State search tool 

 

 

 

New York State: Professional Home Inspection Checklist pdf

Home Inspection Checklist

When we, licensed home inspectors,  perform your Home Inspection we use a comprehensive check list like this printable .pdf file to make sure that we are inspecting at all parts of your house to thoroughly search for all your houses condition issues for our written reports.  During your house inspection we check off those items that are in good condition in your building and make notes about those that are in poor condition and may require repair 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 Certified home inspector to check out the house you intend to buy – BEFORE you buy!

If you need a home inspection in Long Island or Brooklyn, contact BestLongIslandHomeInspections.com (516-415-3230) qualified, educated, licensed, experienced INTER-NACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)

1. Grounds

____ Proper grading drainage away from house
____ No evidence of standing water
____ No leaks from septic tank or leech field
____ Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in good condition
____ No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof
____ Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rotted wood
____ Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure
____ Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from structure
____ Downspout drainage directed away from structure

2. Structure

____ Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level
____ Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging
____ Window and doorframes appear square (especially bowed windows)
____ Visible foundation in good condition – appears 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, damage, 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 damaged screens, no broken double- paned, insulated window seals.
____ Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good condition
____ Storm windows or thermal glass used
____ Drip caps installed over windows

5. Roof

____ Composition shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, damaged 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 evidence 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 evidence of damaged bricks or cracked joints, mortar/cement cap in good condition
Attic
____ No stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations
____ No evidence of decay or damage 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 good condition
____ 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 good condition
____ Wood trim installed well and in good condition
____ 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
____ Evidence of adequate insulation in walls
____ Fireplace: no cracking or damaged masonry, no evidence of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade), damper operates properly, flue has been cleaned, flue is lined

7. Kitchen

____ 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 good condition: doors and drawers operate properly

8. Bathrooms

____ 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 good condition
____ 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 good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area
____ Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid
____ No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower

9. Miscellaneous

____ 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 evidence 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 evidence of insect damage
____ No evidence of moisture damage

12. Plumbing

____ Visible pipes: no damage, no evidence 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.
____ Water pump: does not short cycle
____ Galvanized pipes do not restrict water flow
____ Hot water temperature between 118 – 125 degrees Fahrenheit

13. Electrical

____ Visible wiring: in good 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 (good air flow on forced hot air systems)
____ Flues: no open seams, 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, water pipes or air ducts
____ Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal

Asbestos Home Inspections for Long Island, NY

Where to Find Asbestos in Your Home or Building

Our Asbestos Testing Commitment

Should we have the honor of inspecting your potential home, we promise you will have our very best efforts. We will provide you with answers to all of your concerns. Here you become our client for life, not only on the day of the inspection. Please contact us at anytime; we are here to help you live in comfort and safety!

Asbestos is a mineral that was first used and named by the Ancient Greeks. The name literally means “inextinguishable.”

Asbestos Testing ServicesAsbestos testing is very important because you often don’t know if particular material contains asbestos or not. Asbestos was a very common material that was used in everything from automobiles to textiles and was even common in ship building. The use of asbestos has dropped off considerably as the dangers of asbestos became more widely known and such knowledge could no longer be suppressed by the industries using that material.

Asbestos fibers are generally so small as to be invisible to the naked eye. It is this invisibility that makes them dangerous because they can cause considerable lung damage and cancer. Consequently this should always be done by professionals who know the health risks and know what to look for. The EPA requirement for asbestos testing is polarized light microscopy using specialized microscopes. This can determine the type and percentage of asbestos in a given material.

The Ancient Greeks used asbestos primarily as a type of woven cloth. But, even the Ancients noticed the harmful effects of asbestos and that slaves who did the weaving would often come down with a lung sickness.

It was the Industrial Revolution that made asbestos a popular commodity because of its many useful qualities and resiliency. Asbestos can be woven to be strong under pressure, to act as electrical insulation and can be blended into other materials, such as concrete for reinforcement.
Asbestos is the least dangerous when it is bonded, that is firmly mixed with other material so that asbestos fibers are unlikely to be released into the air unless the material itself is damaged. Bonded asbestos was used in wall sheeting, cement, drain pipes and flooring and in certain types of vinyl.
Far more dangerous is the use of asbestos in friable materials, that is materials that can be broken down easily, such as sprayed on asbestos fire retardant.
Asbestos exposure is still quite common because it was used so widely in the construction industry, railroads, shipyards and the auto industry. Exposure can also come from older buildings where asbestos was used in their construction. The problem is that while asbestos materials are usually safe if encapsulated or covered in some way, they can escape during demolition or renovation and become airborne.
So, its important to know where asbestos may be lurking, before performing renovations. It’s also important to know the possibility of asbestos if you are dealing with fire, flood or other types of damage.
Asbestos can be found in old floor tiles, and ceiling tiles around ducts, pipes, boilers and fireplaces. Asbestos was also used in Sheetrock and in pipe cement.
In short, it was everywhere. So, if you suspect asbestos, take the time and spend the money to run the proper tests, your health depends on it.

How To Choose The Right Home Inspection Company

Some Things To Consider When Looking For a Home Inspector in Long Island, Nassau or Suffolk County, NY

For most people, buying a home could be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.  Don’t you want that decision be an informed one?  Here is a list of questions to ask when you are hiring a professional home inspector.

Is home inspection your only profession? 

Make sure it is! Many independent inspectors only work on a part-time basis to supplement their real businesses as contractors, roofers, etc., and their report findings might be suspect. You can find a good home inspector by getting a referral from a satisfied customer. Avoid referrals from anyone who has a financial interest in the sale going through.

Do they carry all the necessary insurance, including professional liability (Errors & Omissions or “E&O”), general liability, and worker’s compensation ?

Make sure they have Errors and Omissions Insurance. “This malpractice-type insurance protects the inspector (and indirectly the home buyer and those referring the inspector) against post-inspection legal problems.” General liability covers personal liability not covered by the basic Errors and Omissions policy; and worker’s compensation covers the safety of the inspector during the inspection.

How long does the inspection take, can I accompany the inspector, what type of equipment do they use and are the updated plus knowledgeable in the inspection business?

A professional home inspection of the average house varies. Be skeptical of home inspectors who don’t want you to tag along. Home inspectors who invite the home buyer along will often offer valuable maintenance tips.

A good home inspector will have the most updated equipment available to him or her like thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters

What type of a report will I receive and when will I receive it?

There are various types of reports given by professional inspectors, including typed narrative (sent to the home buyer within a week) and on the spot written reports for those who need or want the information as soon as possible.

Don’t accept a verbal report without a written backup, since you will have no record of the inspector’s findings for future referral.

Home Inspectors should use a format, which is filled out on the spot and is presented to the client at the time of the inspection plus, they should explain it.

Is the home inspector trained or certified in home inspection by a recognizable organization, such as the National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI), or the American Home Inspectors Institute (AHII), or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?

With no official government regulation of the home inspection industry, certification by one of these organizations ensures that the inspector meets strict guidelines set forth by the largest and most reputable home inspection organizations in the country.