Category Archives: Inspections

It is good to have a co-op inspection done when buying a co op

You may be asking yourself, is it necessary to hire a co op inspector?  A co op inspection can offer many benefits.  First, let’s examine what a co op inspection entails. From there, you can determine if this is something you feel is needed to make the best co op buying decision.

What is a Co Op Inspection?

A co-op inspection is similar to home inspections in many ways and require much of the same expertise. A co-op inspection includes several items not part of a typical home inspection. Many co-ops have common heating, such as full electric heating or heat pumps, and water supply for the entire co-op. These can be particularly tricky to inspect and require special expertise to recognize problems. In addition, many other features can be inspected at the request of the purchaser.

Despite the fact that many parts of a co-op are not part of an owners’ responsibility, an ideal co op inspector will inspect them regardless as part of the report.

If there is a written prospectus, defining responsibility, your co op inspector in Long Island can review them and explain the responsibilities to you, upon your request. This is typically done as requested, not part of a standard inspection.

Now that you are aware of the benefits a co op inspector can provide you, Besmertnik Home Inspections is here to help. All inspections are personally inspected by Paul Besmertnik. He does not employ outside inspectors, due to concerns of quality. Contact a top long island co op inspector today for more information!

Why a Professional Engineer is better than a Lic Home Inspector

Under New York law, only a Licensed Engineer can assess structural integrity, sufficiency of electrical service or heating, etc. An Inspector who is not an Engineer cannot advise you about structural soundness. If they do they are deceiving you and breaking the law. Becoming a Licensed Engineer requires a minimum of four years of Engineering… Continue Reading

Home Inspections costs

While you may think the home inspection is a standard product, nothing could be further from reality. Inspectors vary greatly by education. background, training, and work effort. Some inspectors work for themselves, and some work for others getting 1/3 the fee you pay. They need to rush thru your inspection to make a days wage.… Continue Reading

How much does an inspection cost?

A most important question. My fee is based upon the amount of time and effort the inspection will take, not solely on the house’price. That said, low price is not a good way to pick a home inspector, as the effort, time, and expertise varies greatly between inspectors. When you get a large firm, you… Continue Reading

Mosquito Breeding on your property

VERY soon we are all going to be very concerned about mosquitoes, as they transmit serious diseases. You must remove all standing water on your property, and don’t forget about your GUTTERS, as they can hold water if the are near level, So you must inspect your gutters, and slope them so they drain. Sometimes… Continue Reading

Basement egress windows

There is a recent requirement in all Towns today for the presence of an emergency egress window(s) in the basement if there are some types of a finished room. This is typically a window in the basement that is large enough for a person the exit the basement and then climb up the ground outside.… Continue Reading

Radon Inspections

Radon is not commonly a problem in most of Long Island. If requested, testing will require a revisit to the house. Canisters are usually placed in the basement level and retrieved after a few days. Ask me about them as I can do this as part of my home inspection on Long Island for an… Continue Reading