About Expert Home Inspections

What Really Matters When You Buy A Home An excerpt from Sell Your Home For More by Nick Gromicko.

Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do? Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories: 1. Major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure. 2. Things that lead to major defects.  A small roof-flashing leak, for example. 3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home. 4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel. Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect.  Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items.

What is included in your home inspection?

Roof, vents, flashings, and trim Gutters and downspouts Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings Eaves, soffit, and fascia Grading and drainage Basement, foundation, and crawlspace Water penetration and foundation movement Heating and Cooling systems Main water shut off valves Water heating system Interior plumbing fixture and faucets  Electrical service line and meter box Main disconnect and service amperage Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses  Grounding and bonding GFCIs and AFCIs Fireplace damper door and hearth Insulation and ventilation Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers And more based on each property's unique characteristics... please inquire
Expert Home Inspections | 306 Wynthrop Road| Syracuse, NY 13209 | Tel: 315-380-3294 
Expert Home Inspections
(315) 380-3294
I encourage my clients to attend the inspection. I will be able to discuss concerns that may arise, as well as provide helpful suggestions. I provide all clients with a full comprehensive written report immediately after your inspection has been completed. Jay Rotella
It's helpful to know how long certain materials, fixtures, and technology will last in an average home. Here is a  chart that details the life expectancies of adhesives/caulks, appliances, bathroom fixtures, cabinetry, countertops, decks, doors, engineered lumber, fixtures and faucets, flooring, footing and foundations, framing and structural systems, garages, home tecnology, HVAC (air conditioner, furnace, boilers, fans, heat pumps etc.), insulation, job site equipment (ladders etc.), lighting and electrical, masonry and concrete, molding, panels, roofing, siding, site and landscaping, skylights, and windows.
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About Expert Home Inspections

What Really Matters When You Buy A Home An excerpt from Sell Your Home For

More by Nick Gromicko.

Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do? Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories: 1. Major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure. 2. Things that lead to major defects.  A small roof-flashing leak, for example. 3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home. 4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel. Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect.  Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items.

What is included in your home inspection?

Roof, vents, flashings, and trim Gutters and downspouts Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings Eaves, soffit, and fascia Grading and drainage Basement, foundation, and crawlspace Water penetration and foundation movement Heating and Cooling systems Main water shut off valves Water heating system Interior plumbing fixture and faucets  Electrical service line and meter box Main disconnect and service amperage Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses  Grounding and bonding GFCIs and AFCIs Fireplace damper door and hearth Insulation and ventilation Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers And more based on each property's unique characteristics... please inquire
Expert Home Inspections  306 Wynthrop Road| Syracuse, NY 13209 | Tel: 315-380-3294 
Expert Home Inspections
(315) 380-3294
Jay Rotella is a Cerified Master Inspector.
I encourage my clients to attend the inspection. I will be able to discuss concerns that may arise, as well as provide helpful suggestions. I provide all clients with a full comprehensive written report immediately after your inspection has been completed. Jay Rotella
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