FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a property or building.



Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. Home inspections are an opportunity for you to learn about your new home and provide you with the information you need to plan for future home repairs and maintenance. You should know exactly what to expect in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. The inspector evaluates the home (inside and out) to gather information to render a professional opinion about the condition of the property. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property and be able to make your decision to purchase with confidence.



Do you offer Pre-Listing Home Inspections for people that are considering selling their home?

Gotham City Home Inspections offers Pre-Listing Home Inspections for individuals that are considering selling their home. Booking a Pre-Listing Home Inspection with Gotham City Home Inspections can help you identify issues related to your home and possible solutions to make your home more appealing to home buyers. Sometimes making even the smallest improvements to your home can certainly make a difference once your home is on the market.



Are Home Inspectors licensed?

The home inspection industry is licensed and regulated in New York State since 2005. A home inspector must have a license to conduct a home inspection in New York State.



How is the industry regulated?

In New York, all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by the state of New York. To become a home inspector, an individual must pass a written examination to prove their competency. Once licensed, home inspectors adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice based on the standards set forth by the state of New York. Click HERE to view the New York State Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors operating in New York State.



What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?


A Gotham City Home Inspection includes an evaluation of the following areas:


  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Appliances tested and “Recall Chek” service.
  • Exterior


We can also offer the following types of home/property inspections:


  • Termite
  • Swimming Pool & Spa
  • Sprinkler System
  • Separate Structure (i.e., shed, detached garage)



If I have a home inspection, am I guaranteed to not have any problems with the home?

Home inspections are a snapshot of what is happening with the home at the time of the inspection. Home inspections are not invasive or exhaustive. In other words, home inspectors can only see what is visible at the time of the inspection. Therefore, home inspectors are unable to see damage inside of walls, under floors, or other areas that are blocked at the time of the home inspection.



Will a home inspection inform me about code violations and safety issues?

Home inspections are not designed to evaluate code violations. Buyers should work with their real estate agents to ensure due diligence is utilized to research the history of the property.



When should I schedule a Home Inspection?

The best time to schedule a home inspection is right after you make an offer on a property and your offer is accepted.



Who should I call?

You should call a home inspector who is certified by the state of New York to conduct your home inspection. Gotham City Home Inspections is a trusted member of the home inspection industry since 2009. You can book an inspection with Gotham City Home Inspections by visiting us online at www.gothamcityhomeinspections.com or calling us at (718) 360-1868. We have a dedicated telephone line that accepts calls 7-days a week until 11:00 p.m.



How long does a home inspection take?

A typical NYC condo inspection will take about 1 ½ hours. However, larger single family homes, multi-family homes, multi-use properties, and commercial properties will take longer. Generally, you should plan for 1-hour per 1,000 square foot of the home. Older homes may take a little longer to inspect than a new home.



Do I have to be at the inspection?

Home inspections are a great time for you to learn about what will soon be your new home or property. You’d want to see the inspection process first hand and ask questions as we conduct an inspection of the property. Our inspectors will provide a verbal report of the condition of the property as well as a Free Home Maintenance Manual at the time of the inspection. While we encourage buyers and the buyer’s real estate agent to be present for the entire home inspection, it is up to you whether you wish to be at the home inspection or have your real estate agent represent your interest.



When will I receive a written report of the home inspection?

We provide an electronic copy of your home inspection report the day after the home inspection is completed. Our reports are computer generated with a summary page and colored photos of the areas we inspected.



What happens if the inspector honestly misses something?

Our home inpectors are human so mistakes can happen. Gotham City Home Inspections is committed to resolving every issue to the satisfaction of everyone involved. We also offer Errors and Ommissions Insurance and a 90-Structural and Mechanical Warranty to cover our work. In the event we miss something during your home inspection, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to resolve the problem.



How much does a home inspection cost?

Home inspection rates are generally based according to size, age, and various other components of the home and/or property.  Inspection fees from a licensed professional home inspection service in the New York City area can range from $400 to $800. A quality inspection backed by a company who's been in business a long time with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment, but it's worth it in the long run to avoid future headaches.