A home inspection in Queens, just like the other boroughs, simply put is inspecting the condition of the house before purchasing it and should not be confused with evaluating the value of the same. It is always better to spend another few hundred dollars rather than running into a financial crisis by closing down later knowing the defects. The time duration for an inspection ranges between 2 to 3 hours depending upon the size of the house. It is carried out by the home buyers of a particular house before going for it. Is it necessary that you need to hire a certified person for home inspection? Yes, we would say, considering further facts.
Only certified inspectors know the guidelines imposed by the government following which the house should have been built. In addition, only a knowledgeable person can pinpoint about the actual condition of the building. Say it was the age of the roof, foundation strength, proper drainage system, proper electrical system and so on. The homeowner probably would lie to you in most occasions hoping they would pass on the property to you. They might lie about the age of the roof as just 10 years, which might be actually 20. You can be clear on these only by hiring a professional. Hiring a professional can cost you a minimum of $200 up to $500. Think about it! You can actually negotiate with the homeowner showing the defects and reduce thousands of dollars from the initial offered price. As you see, home inspection is just a part of the investment rather than an expenditure.
Most mortgage companies demand a report on home inspection before they can process the loan for you. Other benefits include that you have a better understanding on what you are going for and makes you confident in buying it.
Now, that you are convinced about the need for a professional, just be careful before appointing one.
Never hire a Home inspection company whom has a repair business. There is a high probability that even he can cheat on you in order to make some profit. He might actually lie about the quality of a product, about a dishwasher or about the furnace or the sprinklers. Not all, but many people will actually say many negatives on the house just to prove their self worth, as finding faults is the sole reason they were appointed. You can make a cross check by calling your relatives, friends and even seek online guidance. There are lots of communities and forums online. You just have to post your query, an ocean of suggestions will reach you in no time. It is always better that you go along with the inspector with your own checklist every place and question him as much as possible. It is his/her duty to give you answers.
Regardless of whether you appoint a professional or not, make sure to check the not so evident, yet important points as well.
Make sure there is a slope away from the house. This will actually make the rainwater drain away from the house. Look out for water stagnant marks in and around the property. Climb yourself up into the attic and
make sure that the heater and other electrical systems are in a safe and secured location.
Good luck with your home hunt and make sure that your real estate lawyer is also on the same page with this sort of advice.