Syracuse Home Inspection Professionals

Explaining Inspection FindingsAll houses are different, some age like a fine wine, others turn to vinegar. Your Brightside inspector will provide you with the information you need to understand your situation. We work with buyers from all walks of life but specialize in helping first-time home buyers break down and understand the basics of their future home.

How will an inspection help you?

We will provide you the facts of the home so that you:

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

What does that mean for you?

  • We are your counsel. We work for you and only you. It’s in our best interest to make sure your potential 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 simplify complex topics.

We are insured, licensed by New York State and hold certifications from InterNACHI. 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 complete we will verbally point out areas of concern in advance of the written report. We promise you that we:

  • Provide quick turnaround – emailing you the finalized inspection report within one day of the inspection
  • Are available to answer any follow-up questions that you have about the property
  • We will provide you additional tools to aid your home buying/ownership process.

What does a home inspection include?

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

  • 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): Heating and cooling systems, whole house ventilation, ventilation fans, fireplaces 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.

Inspecting Water Heater - BHIItems 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, wells, additional structures like a barn, shed or pool house.
  • 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 the seller is 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 depending on the individual inspection.

How long does an inspection take?

Generally, a single-family home inspection will take 3 hours depending on factors like size, age, condition and 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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