Licensed New York State Home Inspector
License # 16000011698
 











Objective
Inspection
Services, Inc.
116 Seton Rd.
Cheektowaga
NY, 14225
716-481-1559

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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a home inspection?
What does a home inspection include?
How long will it take?
What will it cost?
Can't I do it myself?
  Can a house fail an inspection?
How do I find a home inspector?
When do I call in the home inspector?
Do I have to be there?
What if the report reveals problems?
   

 



  What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies.
 
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  What does a home inspection include?
A standard home inspection summarizes the findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceiling, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, and the visible structures of the home.
 
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  How long will it take?
The inspection will take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours for the average home in good condition. However the actual time needed to do a complete inspection may be longer if unexpected issues arise.
 
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  What will it cost?
Inspection fees for a typical single family home vary by geography, size and features of the property, and age of the home. Additionally, services such as radon testing may be warranted depending upon the individual property. Prices vary. It is a good idea to check local prices in your area as you consider a professional home inspection.
Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with - knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense. The inspector's qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection.
 
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  Can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property. Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgement. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
 
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  Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines the market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies the compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
 
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  How do I find a home inspector?
Word of mouth, the experiences and referrals from friends and neighbors is one of the best ways to find a home inspector. Someone who has used a home inspection services and is satisfied with the level of customer service and professionalism of that service wiil likely recommend a qualified professional.
 
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  When do I call in the home inspector?
Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make 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. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Home inspectors are aware of the time constraints involved in the purchase agreements and most are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.
 
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  Do I have to be there?
While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join the inspector for their visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have see the property with the inspector, you will find the report easier to understand.
 
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  What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection? Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.


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