GOTHAM HOME INSPECTIONS F.A.Q.'s

 Gotham Home Inspections* Tel: 201-349-7220 * email: David@GothamHomeInspections.com

NYS Lic# 443803 * NYS I.D.# 16000050953

HOME & BUILDING INSPECTIONS                      LICENSED & INSURED




  • WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTOR?

A Home Inspector is not to be mistaken with Building Code Inspector, whose task is to identify “building code violations” and issue summonses as warranted.  Whereas, A Home Inspector’s job is to identify all the components of the property and to report on the condition of said components; this is a measure to know the state of the property and is directed to benefit the client ( Buyer or Seller).
 

  • WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?                                                                  


Home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.


  • WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?


The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.

  • WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?


The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.


 

  • WHAT WILL A HOME INSPECTION COST AT GOTHAM HOME INSPECTIONS?


We, at Gotham Home Inspections in New York offer trouble-free pricing.  And, unlike other Home Inspector’s, who state that “It depends” on the variations of the property, our rates are the most competitive and fair, as we offer FLAT RATES (see our Rates).  Of course, it is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your Home Inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily mean he is less able, or that you “get what you paid for..”. The inspector’s qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.


  • CAN’T I DO IT MYSELF?


Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of Home Inspection.


  • CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?


No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A Home Inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.


  • WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?


A Home Inspector is typically contacted right after the "Contract" or "Purchase Agreement" has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.


  • DO I (the client) HAVE TO BE THERE?


It is necessary for you to be present for the inspection. You will be able to observe the Home Inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.


  • WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?


No house is perfect. If the Home Inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.


  • IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION?


Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.


  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR HOME INSPECTION?


Generally it takes the Home Inspector anywhere between 2-3 hours at the on-site home/property. With Fax or electronic mail delivery of report within 24 to 72 hours.

  • IS THE INSPECTOR LICENSED OR CERTIFIED?

Yes, Gotham Home Inspections is Licensed and Certified by the State of New York, and, undergo a 24 hour continuing education course every 2 years for license renewal and technical-data updating.

NYS Lic # 443803

​NYS I.D. # 16000050953


  • DO YOU CARRY ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE?


Yes,Gotham Home Inspections in New York is Insured.  Certificate of insurance is available immediately upon request.