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John Graham #16000005054
ASHI. Certified #206772
NAHI. Certified #10-9079
NYS. Termite #C1810801
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Shopping For The Best Price?

                                                       It's smart to shop around and find the best price, and I'm sure you can easily find a cheap inspector.  But when it comes to something as important as your new home, do you really want a cheap inspector?
 
Think about it... 
 
If you're like most home buyers, you've been through a stressful time.  You've saved for a down payment, found a good Realtor, crunched the numbers, found a lender, searched and searched and finally found the home of your dreams.  Or, perhaps you watched patiently as your new home was built?  Maybe you plan on living in it for the rest of your life, or raise your family in it.  Maybe it's your first home...a particularly stressful time.
 
Trying to save money on the inspection can be a major mistake.  It's smart to pay a little extra for a professional, state licensed, ASHI & NAHI Certified home inspector with 10 years 
of inspection experience!
 

You Found Your Dream Home

 

Will It Give You Nightmares?

 
 
Home Inspections Are Worth The Expense 
If Only For The Peace Of Mind
 
  Okay, So How Much Does It Cost?
 
As you call around for quotes, you will hear a variety of prices.  Some low, and some quite high.  But remember, if the fee seems high, just compare the price of the home to the inspection fee and you will see what a great bargain a home inspection really is. 
 
You know homes are not cheap.  Many homes cost well into the six figure range, and some are worth even more.  Now consider that the cost of an inspection is a tiny fraction of the cost of the home.  For example;  The average inspection fee can range between $300.00 to $500.00  Now, if a home is selling for $300,000 and the inspection fee is $300.00, that is only .1% of the cost of the home!  Even if an inspector charged $3000.00 to inspect this home, that is still only 1% of the cost of the home.  Just to compare, a Realtor may earn 3% to 6%, or $9000 to $18,000 dollars. 
 
Now, keep in mind that a thorough home inspection can reveal defects that are costly to repair, or can reveal defects that are dangerous or deadly.  If you consider the risks of a cheap, fast inspection, you may understand why the expense of a good inspection is worth it.
 
The cost of an inspection will vary from inspector to inspector.  Each inspector uses different methods to determine their fee.  In order to give you an accurate quote, I will need a few details about the home.  Call me at 631-243-6642 or 516-942-0009 for a quote.

As You Call Other Inspectors For Quotes 
Be Sure To Ask The Following Questions
 
Once you have the answers to these questions, you'll have an idea about what they're charging, and what their inspection may be worth.
 
 
1. Are They A Member of A Trade Association?
 
Trade associations are very helpful by providing their members with advice, education and support.
 
As well a having an NY. State License 16000005054  I am a full member of ASHI & NAHI These trade organizations are among the largest and most respected in the country, and are among the toughest to join.  They provide tremendous support to their members, and members must meet specific conditions every year to remain in good standing.  This translates into a better inspection for you.
    
2.  How Long Do They Take On An Inspection?
 
A good inspection takes time.  If an inspector says his inspection takes an hour, that's not an inspection, that's just looking around.
 
I take as long as necessary to perform a thorough inspection.  Typically that can take 2 to 3 hours or longer if it's a big, or older home.  Some big homes with several heating and air systems or water heaters, two or more electrical panels, a well, private septic system and a crawl space, can take  longer.  Generally, the longer the inspection, the better it is.   There should be no time limits set by anyone.
   
3.  How Long Do They Take To Write The Report?
 
Do they deliver on-site reports?  While this may seem like a good thing, it really is not.  Inspectors that use quick and easy to fill out "checklist" reports, or handwritten reports are taking a big risk.  Check list reports are limited, and there is too much information that can be accidentally omitted if a report is written quickly.  
 
I write customized reports that not only details any major problems with the home, but also includes information about less serious concerns, as well as information that will help you understand the home's various systems.  It's not unusual for one report to be 20 or 30 pages long, and in some cases can be much longer.  Because they are detailed, they typically take 3 or 4 hours to complete, and sometimes much longer.  Despite their length, they are designed to be very easy to read and understand.
  
4.  Can They Provide Digital Photos?
 
More and more home inspectors are providing digital pictures with their reports, but many still do not.  Without pictures, it can be difficult to understand a complex issue, especially if you cannot make it to the inspection.
  
5.  How Extensive Is Their Inspection?
 
Ask your potential inspector what they check during their inspection.  Keep in mind that a quick inspection is not an extensive inspection.
 
My inspection of a typical single family residence includes the visible and accessible portions of:
 
The foundation, roof shingles, roof flashing, stem walls, grade beams, ceiling and floor joists, gutters, attic, roof structure, ventilation levels, insulation levels, retaining walls, drainage swales, exterior grounds, yard drainage, decks, grade, furnaces, flues, dryer vents, Central air conditioners, condensate drain pipes, fences, gates, electrical panels, sub-panels,  interiors doors, outlets and switches, visible wiring, water supply materials, water heaters, gas supply systems, wall furnaces, interior walls and ceiling finishes, sink, toilets, exterior doors, floors, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, windows, sliding doors, screens, visible drains, plumbing vents, garages, garage door openers, patios, porches, steps, stairs, crawl spaces, brick and mortar work, foundation slabs, siding, electrical service lines, sidewalks, driveways, and much more.
 
                                              6.  Are They Available Seven Days A Week?
 
Many inspectors only work 5 days a week, and have a 9 to 5 schedule. 
 
I work seven days a week, and inspect homes anytime it's daytime.  I understand that your work schedule may make it easier to have your inspection done on the weekend.  For your convenience, I am available Saturday and Sunday as well.
 
  
7.  Are They Fully Insured?
 
General liability is required in New York, but Errors and Omissions insurance is optional.  A part time inspector may not be able to afford E & O insurance.
 
Homespec  Home Inspections is insured beyond the required minimums.
 
 
Now Ask For A Quote....
 
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631-243-6642 
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You can E-mail me just send me some basic information about the home, and I will be happy to send you a quote by email.

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NYS. License Home Inspector
John Graham #16000005054
ASHI. Certified #206772
NAHI. Certified #10-9079
NYS. Termite #C1810801
Call 631-243-6642
516-942-0009

Cell Phone Call or Text @ 631-834-5448
Have me call you.

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