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F.A.Q.

Why should I have a home inspection?

A home purchase is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. A home inspection will tell you what is right and wrong about the house BEFORE you but it. A home inpsection provides you with the information you need to feel more confident in your decision. Our inspection will provide you with a detailed, objective report of the home’s condition so you can be aware of what you are about to invest in, BEFORE you buy it.

How long does the inspection take?
As long as it takes to determine the condition of the house. We do not rush through an inspection.

A typical inspection of a property less than 2,000 square feet takes approximately two and a half hours.

Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?

No, but it is to the buyer or seller’s benefit to be present at the time of the inspection. The point of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer about the condition of the property. You gain a better understanding when you “see it with your own eyes”. By accompanying the inspector you will gain additional insight.

You will:

  • See first-hand the condition of everything throughout the house and property so you will have a better understanding of your house and of the inspection report.
  • Understand the relative “serious-ness” of findings which, on paper may seem distressing but in fact may be superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that some lubricant can quiet an alarming noise coming from an appliance; that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem that caused a water spot has previously been corrected.
  • Learn about the operation of your new home-how the heating system works, how to control pilot lights, how to operate various appliances and components, and where shutoffs are. The inspector can point out maintenance needs and procedures and explain how and when to check items needing periodic monitoring. Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.
How will the inspection help me determine the condition of the home?
Your inspection will be done according to the comprehensive standards set by the National Association Of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), and by New York State. During the inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of each part of the property, and make recommendations for what to do to fix any problems that are found. All our findings will be contained in your home inspection report, with photos to illustrate what is being referred to, so that you can make an informed decision on purchasing or listing the property.
You will:

  • See first-hand the condition of everything throughout the house and property so you will have a better understanding of your house and of the inspection report.
  • Understand the relative “serious-ness” of findings which, on paper may seem distressing but in fact may be superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that some lubricant can quiet an alarming noise coming from an appliance; that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem that caused a water spot has previously been corrected.
  • Learn about the operation of your new home-how the heating system works, how to control pilot lights, how to operate various appliances and components, and where shutoffs are. The inspector can point out maintenance needs and procedures and explain how and when to check items needing periodic monitoring. Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.
What is included in the report?

The inspector will provide you with a fully detailed report. The report outlines all major areas of the home including heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing and more. It is a narrative report written in full English sentences, easily understood with no jargon, and complete with photos of everything.

The easy-to-read format makes the report useful as a quick reference tool should questions arise regarding the home.

Can a home be too tight

Isn’t air flow important for a healthy home?

The answer is yes, and probably not.

While it’s true that air flow prevents pollutants like dust and mold from reaching unhealthy levels, a leaky home provides no assurance that indoor air pollutants are properly eradicated: during periods of calm weather with no wind, for example, air can sit stagnant in a leaky home for days. On the other hand, during a windy day in the winter, a leaky home effectually needs to be re-heated from scratch every few hours, which is a waste of both energy and money. So the best way to ensure that a home is both healthy, safe, and energy efficient is to air seal the home as well as possible and to pair air sealing efforts with increased mechanical ventilation to make sure that air cycles in and out of the house at a healthy and consistent rate.

That said, if you happen to live in an old, leaky home, and aren’t ready to install a whole house ventilation system or heat-exchange ventilation system (which captures the heat from outgoing air and transfers it to the incoming air to minimize heat loss during the heating season, and vice versa during the cooling system), the truth is that your home probably has a long way to go before its tightness is in any way a health hazard.

Ventilation standards like ASHRAE 62.2 are largely designed for newer, very energy efficient buildings that have very little air leakage. Chances are, even after significant air sealing efforts, an older, leakier home will have enough natural ventilation (which we recommend supplementing with basic mechanical ventilation systems like bathroom fans and range hoods for those stagnant, windless days) to keep the air in your home healthy. The EPA recommends a rate of .35 ACH (natural air changes per hour — that is, just over 1/3 of the air in your home being replaced every hour; or 3 hours for a full air change) for healthy indoor air quality. The average home has a much higher rate of natural air infiltration than this.

The best thing you can do as a homeowner to ensure that your home is as energy efficient and as healthy as possible is to talk to your home energy auditor about where you should focus your home improvement efforts. But as a basic premise, as the mantra goes, “seal tight, and ventilate right.

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