J. Schiffman & Associates - Property Inspection/Construction Consulting
Property Inspection/Construction Consulting
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection used to determine the existing conditions of specific components of the building. These systems include:
A house being inspected
  • Roof
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Foundation
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Basement or Crawl
  • Walls & Ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Appliances
  • At the conclusion of the inspection a complete written report is immediately available.

    Why do a home inspection?

    A home inspector is an impartial observer in the transaction. By determining the current condition of the home the buyer can anticipate future costs and needed repairs which might affect the decision to purchase.

    Why choose J. Schiffman & Associates?

    The knowledge of the inspector and his experience in building systems is unsurpassed. Continuing education keeps the inspector current with new and innovative technologies.

    How much does a home inspection cost?

    Prices are variable depending on the type of structure and the components involved but range from $275 for a small condo to $575 for a large single family home. Contact us for an accurate quote on the property you are interested in having inspected.

    Should the purchaser be at the inspection?

    Yes. There is a lot of information that a buyer can learn from a visual perspective. It also allows the inspector to address specific items of concern.

    What should I expect to learn?

    You will learn how systems operate, how to maintain them, and what indicates potential problems.

    How long will it take?

    The time is dependent on the size and type of property. The typical inspection time is between 1 1/2 hours and 2 1/2 hours.

    How are deficiencies uncovered during the inspection repaired?

    Your attorney and your realtor will give you guidance regarding how to address individual issues. Typically, they may be repaired by the seller or you may receive compensation.

    How can we inspect a home with no electricity or water?

    The home inspector is an expert at analyzing clues as to the conditions of components even though they may not be in use. Current conditions can typically indicate prior problems.

    Should I be concerned about small visible mold spots in the basement?

    The inspector can point out areas of mold growth and determine the cause. Most molds are not harmful, but if required a separate mold inspection would be advised.

    When will I receive my inspection report?

    A written copy of the inspection report is immediately available at the end of the inspection.

    Who provides the inspection report to our attorney?

    Three copies of the inspection recap are available immediately. If needed, other arrangements can be made.

    What other services do you provide?

    We also do:

    • Construction Consulting
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    • Forensic Diagnosis

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