Heimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspection

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Home, Building, Condo, and Co-op Inspections
in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx,
Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland,
Putnam, and Westchester

An Engineer's inspection, a home and building inspection, and a termite inspection are included.  You receive an onsite report, a comprehensive written report, and a termite report.  This is all included in the fee you are quoted.

Question marksReal Estate Attorneys and Real Estate Brokers often have questions regarding home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, and co-op inspections.

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I looked at a report and it was 86 pages long.  Is there any part of the report I should point out to my clients as being essential for them to read?

Answer:  The information in the engineering report is included to provide the home buyer with information on which to base their decision.  Included in the reports are web links so prospective purchasers can obtain more information.  Prospective purchasers should be aware of the findings in the report, the expense analyses, and other recommendations regarding the home, building, condo, or co-op they are considering purchasing.  It is then up to the client to make a decision.

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  Why should the buyer use a Licensed Engineer to perform a pre-purchase home inspection?

Answer:  The State of New York, in their online brochure What You Should Know About Professional Engineers and Their Services" lists one of the reasons that an Engineer should be used to "evaluate the structural integrity, electrical, and/or mechanical systems of a house prior to purchase or renovation".  The State of New York has laws in place to make sure the general public is protected when it comes to selecting engineering services.

If your client does not use a Licensed Engineer, he or she may hire and inspector, and then retain a Licensed Engineer.  Why should your client pay twice for a home inspection?

There is a difference between the services a Licensed Engineer provides and the services the non-Engineer home inspector provides.

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  How long does it take to get the inspection report?

Answer:  The report is generally emailed within two business days after the inspection.  At the time of the inspection, the Engineer initially walks through the site and takes notes.  The Engineer provides a preliminary report to your client, and answers your client's questions at the time of the inspection.  In addition you can call the Engineer with future questions.

After speaking to your client, the Engineer reviews the notes and perform the preliminary quality control review on the report.  This step can take as long as the site inspection.  After the Engineer's review, the notes are transmitted to the office.  The office converts the initial notes into a final report, and there is a second quality control review.  The report is then emailed to your client.

A Professional Engineer home and building inspection includes a check for termite-damaged wood.
  You include a termite report with your inspection reports.  Are termite reports issued by Engineer Inspectors accepted by banks?

Answer:  A bank issuing a mortgage generally requires a termite treatment and a warranty should any active termite infestation be found.  It has been our experience that, if there is no evidence of termite infestation and no previous termite treatment, banks will accept the termite report.

  The termite report expires within 60 days.  Is there any way to get an extension?

Answer:  The NPMA-1 form has a 60-day expiration date set by the designers of the form.  Heimer Engineering does not control the expiration date.  For the buyer's protection, a termite warranty from a pest control company should be obtained at closing.

A Professional Engineer home inspection looks for defects in a house that may not be apparent to a buyer.
  My client informed me that the house is in excellent condition.  Should I recommend an inspection by a Licensed Engineer?

Answer:  It is your client's perception that the house is in excellent condition.  Our Engineers have examined many houses which have a new interior paint job, new windows, new appliances, etc.  In other words, the interior was renovated and updated.  The Engineer's inspection revealed that the same house had an old boiler, an old hot water heater, faulty wiring, water in the basement, and termite infestation with structural damage.  In addition, plumbing was old, the roof had not been properly installed, and the siding and trim had been poorly painted.  The prospective purchasers had focused on the interior renovations and the new appliances, and were completely unaware of all the other defects until the inspection was performed.

An fixer-upper house could be a nightmare for a first time home buyer.
  My client is purchasing a house that is old and in rundown condition and the client plans on fixing it up.  Is there any reason for an inspection by a Licensed Engineer?

Answer:  Unless your client is willing to risk the expenses of problems that your client is currently unaware of, an inspection by an Engineer is essential.

In addition, the expense analysis contained in the inspection report helps home buyers understand the expenses in fixing up an old and rundown house.  It is easy to look at a rundown house and thing that a new kitchen and a paint job will make the real estate like new.  Most buyers purchasing rundown real estate have no idea what they are getting into.

Newly constructed homes, buildings, condos, and co-op need pre-purchase inspections.
  My client is considering buying a newly constructed home.  Will the local building inspector find all the problems before they issue a Certificate of Occupancy?

Answer:  New homes, buildings, condos, and co-ops can have defects just as existing construction.  In a recent inspection of a house supposedly ready for delivery, defects found included a missing boiler.  Apparently, the boiler had been stolen from the site.  There was a hot water heater, and the prospective purchaser had mistaken this for the heating system.  The builder of the home was unaware that the boiler was stolen.  Had a Licensed Engineer not performed the inspection, these buyers would have purchased the house only to find that the heat did not work when the heating season arrived.

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A contractor does not perform the same pre-purchase home inspection as a Professional Engineer.
  My client is planning to hire a contractor to do renovations.  Would it be better to have the contractor perform the home inspection?

Answer:  A home buyer planning renovations should get cost estimates from the contractor.  However, cost estimates for anticipated renovations are not a substitute for a home inspection performed by an Engineer.

A contractor provides estimates as if your client already owned the house.  When you own a home, building, condo, or co-op, you own its problems.  When you purchase a home, building, condo, or co-op, you purchase its problems.  An inspection by an Engineer tells your client what problems they are purchasing should they choose to buy the real estate.

Heimer Engineering has Licensed Professional Engineers perform pre-purchase home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, and co-op inspections.
  How long has Heimer Engineering been in business?

Answer:  Heimer Engineering has been in the business performing inspections since the late 1960s.

Heimer Engineering's Engineers have performed over 80,000 inspections.  You can be sure that when you refer a client to Heimer Engineering, your client will be receiving professional services from an experienced Engineering company.

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Heimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspectionsOur staff is happy to assist you and answer your questions.  To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about other Engineering services or expert court testimony, click below for a contact form, send us an email, text us at 660 200 9155, or call 800.605.1500.  If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.  Remember to ask about our web discount.

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Heimer Engineering serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County), and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).

Heimer Engineering respects your privacy.  Some inspection firms share information with insurance, landscaping, snow removal, home maintenance, moving, cable, mortgage, and other companies.  Some inspection firms sell email lists of their clients.  These practices are unethical.  You will not receive phone calls or solicitation emails from third parties as a result of providing personal information.

In the event of a life-threatening emergency (fire, building in danger of collapse, facade with loose bricks, debris falling from a building, gas leak, carbon monoxide detector that is alerting to a hazard, etc.) do not call Heimer Engineering.  If there is a life-threatening emergency or other hazardous condition, call 911.  Emergency situations need to be handled immediately by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, contact appropriate utility companies to have the utilities shut off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.

Heimer Engineering New York pre-purchase home, building, condo, and co‑op inspectionInspections are performed only after the client signs a pre-inspection agreement.  The use of this website is governed by our Terms of Use.  This website is made available for informational purposes, and does not represent a professional opinion of your particular situation.

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Heimer Engineering performs home inspections, building inspections, condominium inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York.  We do not perform inspections or recommend Inspectors or Engineers in the areas outside of the State of New York.  We also provide Licensed Professional Engineer consultation services including hurricane and storm damage and damage from adjoining constructionExpert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.

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