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Why choose an ‘Engineer’ over a ‘Home Inspector’?
In USA statistics shows most of the Home Inspections or commercial Inspections are not conducting by Engineers, they may be licensed as ‘home inspectors’, but such licenses are not recognized by the State of New York as having the same level of competence and authority as an Engineer’s license. The difference is highlighted in the chart below:
|NY Home Inspector Licensing Requirements||NY Professional Engineer (PE) Licensing Requirements|
|Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent; with 140 hours of training, including 40 hours of experience OR||A bachelors degree in Engineering (4 years)|
|100 hours of in-field supervised experience under a licensed home inspector||Min 4 years of engineering experience under a licensed engineer|
|Successful completion of exam||Successful completion of a two-part exam – 8 hours per part|
By law, only an Engineer can give evaluations, recommendations and solutions regarding a structure and its systems. A ‘home inspector’ may only comment on the condition of individual ‘components’ within a system. He cannot, for instance, legally state that “the structure appears sound,” for this would be regarded as the practice of engineering for which he is not licensed. Most of the time home inspector saw a problem and “recommended that it be looked at by an Engineer.”
ABOUT HOME INSPECTION
Purchasing a Commercial/home in the New York State is likely the biggest investment you will ever make. A huge decision that can be an emotionally charged event filled with anxiety, hopeful dreams and sometimes disappointments after moving in. It is a decision that will affect you and your family for years to come. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision, whether the house is primarily a financial investment, or if you plan on living there. Though the home buying process can be extremely stressful and confusing, financial disaster or disappointments can be avoided or minimized if you know the true condition of the home. Our Certified Home Inspection will identify hidden or intentionally concealed problems and offer solutions for major repairs and replacements when appropriate. Our comprehensive report offers the crucial information a buyer needs to make his or her own decisions about accepting or declining the seller’s offer. This Certified Home Inspection Report will empower the buyer with knowledge and information to re-negotiate price, ask for repairs prior to closing, or build in an allowance for the buyer to make repairs. These allowances for correcting deficiencies usually far exceeds the cost of an inspection.