Are you looking for a full home inspection or something more specific? We have you covered with inspection services ranging from standard home inspections to title search, Certificate of Occupancy research, and Permit research. Gain greater peace of mind and clarity when buying a home, or ensure a smooth transaction with maximum return when selling your home.
Additional services include testing for radon gas, termite inspections, mold inspections, thermal imaging, gas inspections, certificate of occupancy & certificate of research, building code research, and more.
Purchasing a new home also means buying that home's problems. With a pre-purchase home inspection you can see exactly what you're buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars. We'll even help you become familiar with the property.View Details
Sometimes selling your home can be just as much of a roller coaster as buying one. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help ensure a quick and smooth transaction. You can enter the selling process with confidence that there won't be any nasty surprises. You'll also avoid delays, which could last for weeks or even months.View Details
Sometimes it isn't clear what type of home you're buying. Is the property a two-family or a three-family home? How do you know for sure? Not every seller is telling the truth.
We can go the extra mile to perform research with the Department of Buildings to find the Certificate of Occupancy. You'll have a better understanding of the property and greater confidence in your decision.
This is an additional service and is not included in the home inspection.
A title search is the examination of public records and legal documents to confirm the legal ownership of a property. A clean title is required in order to complete a real estate transaction. Sole ownership of a property is proven via a clean title, but a title may be dirty or defective due to liens on the property, unresolved building code violations, inaccurate surveys, clerical errors, and so on.
We can perform a title search on your behalf to confirm that the property you are looking to purchase has a clean title, helping to ensure a smooth transaction for all parties.
The safety of you and your family is of the highest importance to us. We use a high-tech gas detection device to check for leaks around certain home appliances and HVAC systems such as a kitchen stove or a gas furnace. Even very small gas leaks can be costly over time, so detecting and fixing them can save you money in the long run.
With our experience in architecture and building design, we're able to provide you with more than just a home inspection. In addition to the home inspections services listed above, we also provide the following services and conveniences:
Radon is a naturally produced, radioactive gas — and the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarettes. Radon gas can enter your home through the foundation and collect in the basement. A radon test will help to protect your family by checking for hazardous concentrations. If levels are too high, then a radon mitigation system should be installed.View Details
Commonly referred to as a termite inspection, Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspections look for more than just termites, including wood boring beetles and carpenter ants. Termites alone cause billions of dollars in property damage every year in the United States. Because they can be difficult to detect, a properly trained inspector is necessary to check for the presence of any WDIs in your home.View Details
A home inspection is limited to what the inspector can see. Thermal imaging (infrared) gives us a whole new way of seeing, and can detect problems that are invisible using more conventional methods. Thermal imaging is great for detecting moisture issues, electrical problems, and even areas where energy loss is occurring.View Details
Some mold growth can be toxic, and mold spores can cause symptoms of mold exposure in some people. A mold inspection will tell you if your home has a mold problem, and identify the moisture source that is causing it. If you are selling your home, then it's important to have your home pre-inspected for mold to avoid delays for remediation, which could take a month or longer.View Details
Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. We can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.
SHA HOME INSPECTIONS provides professional home inspection services in New York City including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester County, and Sulfolk County as well as areas in Connecticut. Not sure if that's you? Give us a call at (917) 769-8522 or send us an email.