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Willow Realty 
120 Main Street 
Gardiner, NY 12525 


Home Inspection

Once we have an accepted offer, we'll proceed to the inspection phase. The seller should make the property available for inspection purposes.

Home Inspection is a specialized skill, and there are inspectors who have expertise in this kind of inspection. The cost for a real estate inspection depends on the detail of the inspection desired. There are different kinds of inspections and tests that can be performed, although not all buyers need or get all types of inspections done.

Below is a list of some of the more common types of inspection. This is meant to provide a sense of inspection areas, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. There may be other types of inspections, and you must consider all your options. Not all home buyers perform all home inspections. You have to make your own decision on which ones are valuable and relevant to you. Additional information can be obtained through home inspection services, books, and the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). Be certain that the inspector you choose is New York State licensed.

General Home Inspection
A single home inspector may be able to provide you with a complete service that covers many areas and aspects of the home, such as basement, attic, bathrooms, electric and wiring, insulation, plumbing, gas or fuel used, furnace, heating and cooling system, built-in appliances, foundation, construction, masonry walls, fireplaces and chimneys, roof, and so on. Inspectors can also be a good source of information.

Plumbing Inspection
A general inspector normally determines the state of the plumbing by checking things such as water pressure, condition and type of drains and pipes, leaks, rust, etc. But, if you think a more thorough plumbing inspection is needed, then consider a specialist.

Water Testing
Since cities and towns that supply water usually are required to conduct extensive and routine water tests to ensure quality of water, you might want to consider relying on the city/town test results, which are usually more elaborate than what you or your inspector can conduct. But, if the house has a private water source such as a well, water testing should be considered. Water testing labs typically tell you the bacteria count and mineral content of the water. It might also be a good idea to test the gallon-per-minute pumping capacity of the well pump.

Lead Testing
This testing checks for lead content in the house. A lead testing specialist may perform this test in various locations in the house.

Septic/Cesspool Testing
Some inspectors/septic system service professionals will perform a dye test. This involves dropping dye tablets into the system and running water through it to see if the dye surfaces, indicating a problem. It is also a good idea to locate the leach field area and determine if it appears to be healthy.

This should be considered in parts of our area that are known to have high levels of radon. Usually the local EPA office can provide information on levels in the area you are considering buying. A specialist may be called to check for the radon levels, or you can buy a radon kit and collect the radon samples yourself. The samples can then be delivered to the radon testing lab. The results are generally available within 48 hours. Some home inspectors are certified to do radon testing.

The general home inspection uaually covers the basic electrical system and consists of such things as amperage, checking for exposed wires, determination of the type of wiring, wiring and outlet adequacy, etc. If you or your inspector determine that there is a problem in the electrical system, an inspection by an electrician might be in order.

New Home Inspection
Some of the inspections in this list also apply to new homes. In addition, you want to obtain inspection for 1) construction type and material used, 2) ensuring that new appliances are installed as designed, 3) ensuring that all fittings and equipment are used as per specifications and agreement, 4) chances of water seepage in the basement, 5) possibility of the roof leaking, and 6) new land grading issues, to name some.

If it is an older home, you may want to check for the presence of asbestos in the house.

Pest/Termite Inspection
This includes pests such as carpenter ants, termites, or other wood-boring pests. The pest/termite inspector can often also report on structural irregularities such as wood rot, foundation displacement, etc. Some of the local pest control agencies may offer such a service for a nominal rate. Some home inspectors are able to provide this service as well. Some loan programs require this be done, usually for a VA Loan.

For even more information:

National Association of Certified Home Inspectors IHINA


National Association of Realtors


Ulster County
Board of Realtors