Don’t wait until you find the perfect WNY home to select your Home Inspector! 9

Home Inspection Home Inspection Basics

Home Inspection does not have to be a mystery! To many Western New York home buyers feel that the home inspection process is a big mystery. Too often home buyers wait until they find the perfect WNY home to find an inspector.

The purpose of a home inspection is to make sure there aren’t any major hidden issues with a property you’re buying. The inspection report should not be one page documents with a bunch of check boxes. The more detail, the better.

What is Home Inspection?

Home Inspection is defined as the process by which a home inspector observes and provides a written report of the systems and components of a residential building including but not limited to:

  • 1. Heating System

  • 2. Cooling System

  • 3. Plumbing System

  • 4. Electrical System

  • 5. Structural Components – foundation, roof masonry structure, exterior and interior components or any other related residential building component.

With a Home Inspection being so important, let’s discuss the importance of picking your Home Inspector and some of your expectations of a Home Inspector. First you will need to find a Good Home Inspector. You will need to do some research to assist you in your selection of a home inspector. The time invested in researching Home Inspectors it can really be worth it.

Ways to find a Home Inspector.

  • 1. You can do this by asking friends and family

  • 2. American Society of Home Inspectors

  • 3. Let your fingers do the walking – check out the Yellow Pages

  • 4. Google “Home Inspectors City State”

We will be happy to give you list of Western New York Home Inspectors, but the selection of a home inspector is up to you. There are many things you should take into consideration when selecting a potential Home Inspector:

Questions to ask potential Home Inspector:

  • Are you licensed in NY State? Effective December 31, 2006 all Home Inspectors must be licensed with the NY State Division of Licensing. Check out their Licensing status here.

  • What does a home inspection report look like?

  • Can I have some references?

  • Can I come along during the inspection?

  • How long have you been a Home Inspector?

  • Are you a full time professional property inspector?

  • What can you tell me about yourself and your company?

  • Do you carry insurance? Ask them about error-and-omission insurance, which basically covers anything that they miss during the inspection.

  • How many inspections do you do in an average year?

  • What does your inspection cover?

  • How much does the inspection cost? Price is not always a good factor to use when comparing services. The cheapest inspection can turn out to not be such a bargain.

Thinking of selling your Erie County home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.