Syracuse Home Inspection Professionals

About to buy a house and want the facts about your investment? You’ve come to the right place.

Explaining Inspection Findings

How will an inspection from Brightside help you?

We use our experience to provide you the facts of the home so that you:

  • Don’t run into any suprises with the home
  • Better understand the home’s potential problems
  • Have confidence to negotiate a better purchase price

What does that mean for you?

  • We are your expert counsel. We work for you and only you. It’s in our best interest to help you and make sure your home is safe
  • We give you the information that will help you to move forward, negotiate further, or walk away from the home
  • We will explain our findings in clear, easy to understand ways so that you are presented with actionable items. Our reports will include photos and illustrations to clarify complex topics.

We are insured, licensed by New York State and hold certifications from InterNACHI. We aren’t looking to take shortcuts, in fact we carefully abide by the home inspector code of ethics to provide you with a professional experience.

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After your inspection is completed we will walk with you around the property and point out areas of concern in advance of the written report. After the inspection we promise you that we:

  • Provide quick turnaround – emailing you the finalized inspection report within one day of the inspection
  • Are available 7 days a week. If you have questions after the inspection we are available at your convenience.
  • Post-Inspection Support – We will make available to you several tools to aid your home buying/ownership process.

What does a home inspection include?

Our inspection determines the safety, operation and condition -at the time of  inspection- of hundreds of items in a house. It is a visual, non-invasive assessment, including but not limited to the following systems and components:

  • Roof: Shingles, flashing, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof-related items.
  • Electrical System: Service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets including GFCI compliance, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components.
  • Basement, Crawl Space & Foundation: Insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns.
  • Attic: Insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, roof deck and other visible, related items.
  • Plumbing & Fixtures: Water pressure, water distribution system, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets,, built-in kitchen appliances and other plumbing system components.
  • Heating, Ventilation & Cooling System (HVAC): Ventilation fans & visible ducts furnace, air conditioner, fireplace and other visible related heating and cooling components.
  • Interior: Floors, walls, ceilings, stairs and banisters, cabinets, built-in appliances, windows, doors, smoke detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components.
  • Exterior: Siding, trim, soffit, fascia, windows, doors, entryways, porches, decks and other visible exterior related components.

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Items that aren’t covered in a home inspection

  • Radon. Radon testing is a separate process from a home inspection, it is a service that we offer at Brightside.
  • Anything in-between the walls, pools or spas, septic tanks, additional structures like a barn or shed.
  • Cosmetic damage like torn carpet, scratched hardwoods or peeling paint; unless it presents a safety issue. Home inspections are not intended to find every scratch or dent.
  • Modern day building codes. In fact you will rarely hear an inspector say the word “code”, a home inspection is not a code inspection.

A home inspection does not guarantee that the seller must fix anything listed in the report. For example, a house with single pane windows is not required to have double pane windows just because the windows are old and ineffective. As the buyer you can use the information at your disposal to ask the seller for money or replacement, but they are under no obligation to act on your request.

When will I receive my home inspection report?

Your inspection report will be sent within one day of your inspection. Radon or water test reports may follow after that depending on the labs analysis time.

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How long does an inspection take?

Generally, a single-family home inspection will last about 2 to 3 hours depending on factors like: size, age, and condition of the home and the extent of add-on services like a radon test.

How much does a real estate inspection cost?

Pricing information can be found here

We offer several additional services that will give you peace of mind about the safety of your home including:


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