Kevwilli Home Inspections LLC offers sellers 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 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?
For a homeowner looking to sell their home, a home inspection can identify issues that can arise when the potential buyers have a home inspection. By knowing ahead of time, of any issues that could affect the sale, you will be able to take care of them, or set your selling price accordingly with those defects in mind. Should you decide to take care of them you have time to get estimates and make repairs on your schedule and your budget. When under contract you will have limited time to find a contractor and make the repairs without jeopardizing the sale.
Why give the buyers a negotiation point when you can avoid it?
Help protect your sale price from erosion.
Get a pre-listing inspection before you put your house on the market!
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 buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, 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. It can allow re-negotiation or canceling of the contract without penalties, thus endangering the sale of the house. Had a pre listing inspection been done and the conditions remediated than the sale would not be jeopardized.