“Creating Highly Efficient Solutions for a Better Home “
Below are some common questions you may have about our services. Hopefully we have answered them here, but if you have any others, please feel free to call The Efficient Home at 718-869-1900. You may also email us your question on our contact page, so we may better answer them for you.
What is a Home Inspection and what is inspected?
A Home Inspection is defined as the process by which a home inspector observes and provides a written report of the systems and components of a residential building including but not limited to:
- Heating System
- Cooling System
- Plumbing System
- Electrical System
- Structural Components: Foundation, roof, masonry structure, exterior and interior components or any other related residential building component recommended by the Home Inspection Council and implemented by the Department of State through the regulatory process.
Why should I only chose a certified Home Inspector?
Being a certified Home Inspector, (beyond that of New York State License) shows a continued commitment to keeping up with best building practices, inspection trends, home system upgrades, and material efficiency/sustainability issues.
The Efficient Home currently has the following certifications and accreditation:
- BPI Certified Building Analyst (30 hours continuing education required every 3 years)
- BPI Certified Envelope Specialist (30 hours continuing education req. every three years)
- LEED AP Homes (Accredited Professional – 30 hours continuing education required every 2 years)
- Internachi Certified Inspector (24 hours of continuing education required per year)
Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner does not have the required knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Does The Efficient Home provide engineering and/or architectural services?
The Efficient Home does not offer engineering and/or architectural services, but using our services will give you a clear direction on what steps need to be taken in order to improve your home.
Should I still get a home inspection even if my home was just built?
A new home should be reviewed just as thoroughly as an old home. Material defects, poor workmanship, poor material selection, and improper installations can lead to future maintenance problems.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
What happens if an inspection reveals a problem?
The problem will be fully documented in our detailed home inspection report. A recommended solution will be given to address the problem. Some solutions will be fully fleshed out and others may refer the home owner to the appropriate specialist.
Should I be present at my Home Inspection?
It is not required for a Home owner or potential buyer to be present when a home inspection is performed. The Efficient Home encourages the client to be present during the home inspection, no matter which company performs the inspection. We also recommend asking as many questions as needed to provide a thorough understanding of the state of the home.
What is a Green Home?
A Green Home is an energy efficient home that utilizes design, construction, operations and maintenance techniques that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community.