This may be one of the smartest things a buyer can do when purchasing a new home.

Buying a home without a professional home inspection is like buying a used car without getting a mechanic’s inspection. A home inspection is a small cost for a home buyer to find out if the house you are buying is in need of minor and/or major repairs.

As a NYS Licensed and InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector, Syracuse Home Inspector, Endgame has discovered some significant issues, such as sinking foundations, serious water leaks, mold conditions, failed roofs and sloping walls.

Relying on the sellers disclosure can cost you money after closing. Most sellers are very honest and will reveal everything they know about the house. They may not even be aware of major home problems because it was “always like that” and was never important to them.

Imagine closing on the home and finding that the rafters in the attic were inappropriately modified and it will cost you $10,000 to have repaired professionally. The home inspection fee is a small price to pay in contrast to the large costs it may save you.

Another advantage of the home inspection is that it provides negotiation tools. You can ask the seller to fix some things or give you credit so that you can take care of them yourself. The seller may not play ball, but at least you know where you are.

Home inspectors vary in knowledge and skills. This is a profession where you will definitely get what you pay for. Shopping around for the cheapest price is not the smart thing to do.

A good home inspection will take at least a few hours depending on the size and condition of the home. At the end of the home inspection, the inspector should take you for a walk through of home, to show you all issues that were found and answer all your questions. It is very important.

It is the generally buyer who pays the inspector, and in this way the inspector is required to serve the client and provide him with all the information so they can make an informed buying decision. Educating the client on the condition and operation of the house systems is the main goal of Endgame Home Inspection Syracuse, NY home inspection company.

A good home inspector will have a computerized written report with dozens of photos as well as problem areas and will not put minor issues in an overly negative light. Our home inspection report is usually between 25 and 40 pages with a cover page and will generally be delivered the same day. After you have had an opportunity to review the report, we will answer any questions you may have.

A good inspector will inform the buyer about minor and major maintenance problems during the post inspection walk through. There is much that an inspector can teach homeowners about the biggest purchase of their lives, so it is money very well spent. During the COVID, we will conduct a zoom meeting with the client and their real estate agent.

A home inspection is a visual, non-intrusive examination of a house and its operational components. It provides a snapshot in time of the condition of the house at the time of inspection.

Endgame uses thermal imaging technology to assist in the thorough home inspection process.

Thermal Imaging during a Syracuse home inspection.

Certified Professional Inspector using Thermal Imager during Syracuse home inspection

Thermal Imaging

Many houses for sale are still actively lived in, which means there are belongings and furniture that may block the home inspectors view and/or access to some areas. Inspectors will not move any of the seller’s property due to liability issues.

So, what is examined during a home inspection?

Exterior walls and grading
Foundation,physical structure and basement
Decks, Patios
Garage and garage doors
Roof
Attic
Interior walls, doors
Lighting
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Water heater
Kitchen
Plumbing system
Electrical system
Bathrooms
Safety issues

We do not search for violations of building codes. Septic tank and wells are not normally part of a general home inspection, but may be added on for additional cost.

Home inspectors are generalists, like your family doctor and will refer problems to be repaired by a qualified professional such as a plumber for a leaky pipe or an electrician for an outlet not working. Termite damage, site contamination, mold, engineering problems and other specialist problems are not part of a home inspection.

Some home buyers opt to have radon testing done along with the home inspection. Radon testing in Syracuse should seriously be considered as the area has a higher than average radon concentration.

After the home inspection, there are several options you can consider.

You can ask the seller to fix the problem or give you credit for needed repairs.
If you have the knowledge and experience, you can take it as it is, repair it yourself or do it professionally.

You’ll have to come up with a few hundred dollars for an inspection, but it’s worth it, and you’ll be happy to spend it if the inspector saves you from excessive repair costs. Your home inspector is on your side and is there to educate you. Listen and ask questions.

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