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Getting a Pre-Sale Home Inspection: An Interview with Ken Carr of Precision Inspections LLC

By Ken Carr

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I have been a construction professional since 1987 and a licensed home inspector for 8-years. I offer a professional home inspection and provide a written narrative report. I am an ASHI (American Society Of Home Inspectors) certified inspector. I am licensed in NYS, CT & MA. I am also a certified radon measurement specialist and can provide radon testing. All inspections are done following ASHI and state standards of procedure.

I offer presale inspections to sellers who wish to know any deficiencies prior to placing their property on the market and therefore preparing them for any items which may come up during a buyer's inspection. I do inspections for new construction where I am creating punch lists for the developer or builder to correct and I do pre-purchase inspections for buyers who wish me to inspect the property prior to signing the contract.

I inspect many 1-3 family homes and also many condo and co-op apartments. Many people do not believe that an inspection for an apartment is important but it is and the financial impact of a defect found is just as costly.

Can you briefly talk about what a pre-sale home inspection is and how commonly they are done in Long Island?

A pre-sale inspection is an inspection where the inspector is working for the seller. I am reporting on the house and its' systems. A written narrative report is provided with the results of the inspection.

Unfortunately, not as many pre-sale inspections are done as buyers are not aware of their importance.

How does a pre-sale inspection differ from home inspection that a buyer will have done?

Pre-sale is done at the request of the seller prior to sale. There is no difference in the inspection process other than that. The inspection report will note both the good and the bad.

What can people do if the results of their pre-sale inspection say there are no major defects and the buyer's inspector finds one or more major defects?

Examine the deficiencies noted. Possibly acquire the expertise of a licensed professional specializing in that system for their opinion. For example, a heating system deficiency noted on one report and not the other may require the expert opinion of a licensed heating contractor.

Home inspectors are "generalists." A good home inspector will recommend that certain items observed will require "further investigation" by a specialist.

What are some of the main benefits of getting a pre-sale inspection for your home?

I believe that if will allow you to negotiate the sale more effectively. Knowledge is power.

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering selling a house that is currently valued above market value?

Get a pre-sale inspection. Know any deficiencies and pluses that exist in your home and move forward.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I prefer email since I do not answer my phone when I am inspecting or driving. If you call my number, please leave a message as I promptly return calls when I am free.

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Ken Carr has been a construction specialist since 1987 and is licensed in New York...

Phone: 646-247-1867

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