Kevwilli Home Inspections LLC offers buyers or purchase inspection and other standard home inspection services to clients across Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Spring, Watervliet, Rensselaer.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual non invasive objective examination of the conditions of the home at the time of the inspection from the the roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
Our NYS standard home inspection will include a written report covering the condition of the home’s heating system; cooling system (conditions permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows , doors, foundation, basement and structural components. Our inspection will also include model and serial numbers (when available) of appliances and equipment and will include any information we can determine as to manufacture and installation dates of the equipment. All our reports include pictures highlighting aspects of the inspection.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home is usually the largest single investment you will ever make. Like any smart invester you will want to know as much as possible about your investment before you are committed. A home inspection can identify the need for major repairs as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the home, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A home inspector is familiar with the elements of construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. Licensed NYS home inspectors are required to have 24 continuing education credits every two years. The inspector knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Most homeowners find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about their house, and this can have an effect on their better judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third party examination by a professional in the field of home inspection.
What if the house fails the inspection?
There is no pass or fail in an inspection. A home inspection is an examination of the current conditions at the time of the inspection. It is not a municipal code inspection. It is not an appraisal to determine market value. In the area around Albany NY any major defect would allow a buyer out of the contract. A major defect is any defect costing more than $1,500.00 to repair. Again this is not a fail but an opportunity to act upon the information found during the inspection. This could include having the seller repair the defect, lower the price or canceling the contract without penalty.