Our qualifications - why you should hire Aberdeen Building ConsultingBuying a house or building is an important decision. Shouldn't you hire an inspection company that will provide you with great service? All home/building inspectors are not the same and if you a hire company simply based upon price, you get what you pay for. What you need is information -- the critical factor in your determination to make the largest purchase you will ever make -- the purchase of a home or building. The few dollars you save on a cheap inspection may come back to haunt you later.
#1 - Licensed in New York StateIt is NYS law that no one may perform home inspections in New York State without a license. All inspections performed by this company are performed by a New York State-licensed home inspector. There is no licensing required to perform inspections of commercial buildings
#2 - ASHI-certifiedLicensing is good but not enough. Any good home inspector should belong to one of the national associations and strive to attain the highest classification offered by that organization. ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) is the largest and most respected trade association in this field and offers a detailed home inspection and Code of Ethics to which all of their members must adhere. To be certified as an ASHI-certified inspector (ACI), one must pass the challenging National Home Inspector Exam, complete a minimum number of paid home inspections, and have those inspections verified for compliance to the ASHI inspection standards. Members must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education every year (Matt averages between 20 and 40 hours). The owner is a past president (2010-2012) and regular speaker at the local ASHI chapter.
#3 - Other certificationsMatt's desire for a thorough understanding for how buildings work has led to ongoing study of building science and energy efficiency. In addition to the ASHI ACI, he holds the following certifications:
- BPI-certified Building Analyst Building Performance Institute has created certifications that have become the industry standard for all home performance contractors. The Building Analyst certification is conferred upon applicants who can demonstrate thorough understanding of how building shells are constructed, how they leak air, how the should be insulated, and how heating equipment should perform safely.
- Certified HERS Rater Building departments in Long Island have outsourced their overview of the energy efficiency aspects that are present in modern day building codes for new construction. HERS raters work with builders to assure that new construction meets the requirements of energy efficiency for the 21st century.
- The American Council for Accredited Certification offers this 3rd-party industry standard to those individuals who have demonstrated competence and experience in issues surrounding indoor air quality, its causes, pathways, effects on building occupants, and improvements.
- Level I Infrared Thermographer Culmination of a standard week-long course in theory and application of infrared camera usage
- NYS Licensed Mold Assessor As of 2016, all individuals offering mold testing, inspection, remediation, or any other "mold services" must be licensed by NYS.
#4 - All inspections are performed by the company ownerWould you rather have your inspection performed by an employee earning a salary, or the owner of the company, whose reputation rides on each inspection? You will find that the owner of this company is indeed friendly, caring, and thorough.
#5 - Experience, detail, tools and objectivityMatt has had extensive first-hand experience in construction, including major carpentry, roofing, major electrical work, plumbing, heating systems, swimming pool maintenance, and more. Matt has performed building/home inspections full-time since 1999. Prior to entering the field, he took 80 hours of training in the unique discipline of home inspection and averages between 20 and 40 hours of ongoing education each year. Matt uses state-of-the-art tools, which are required to do this work properly, including a moisture meter, combustible gas detector, carbon monoxide analyzer, digital infrared camera, EMF meter, microwave leakage detector, a 2-story extension ladder for accessing any 2-story roof (because proper roof evaluation cannot be performed from the ground), and more. Many companies, including some high profile engineering firms that we know of, do not use such tools and will not remove electrical panel covers, access the roof with a ladder, or enter attics and crawl spaces. Compare what is covered in to what is offered by other companies.
THIS PART IS IMPORTANT: While it is critical for an inspection to reveal as many defects and problems as can be found, it is just as critical to present rational solutions to problems. There are inspection companies that are reputed to "kill" a deal by overstating conditions of the property in order to turn a client off to buying it, thereby guaranteeing the inspection company a second or third inspection from that client. This is a highly unethical practice. We feel that by hiring us to inspect a property, you already have already shown interest in making a financial commitment to that property and it would be unfair to scare you away simply to generate more business for ourselves. It is for this reason that time is taken at the end of each inspection to fully explain all issues, including possible costs for major items and repair options, associated with a given property.
#6 - Great written reportConversation that happens on the day of the inspection may be forgotten, so the report serves as a written record of the inspection.
Our is unique to this trade and must be seen to be appreciated. No other company can provide this format. It features a collapsible index always present on the left, which allows you to access any section of the report in seconds. Other companies only offer a flat PDF file, which can take awhile to navigate through if you're looking for specific details.
If you would like to get an idea of the quality of service you will receive, you should request a sample copy of a company's written report. Although many companies will have them available for download at their web sites, other companies have not bothered to make sample reports available. A refusal to this request should be regarded with suspicion. We have seen many home inspection reports on other company web sites, and aside from obvious spelling mistakes and poor grammar, many of these reports are really hard to read -- being jammed with redundant disclaimers and vague sentence fragments, leaving very little useful information. We saw one report recently where the text said that everything about the electric panel was OK, but the picture next to it showed an immediate fire hazard.
Some companies provide a report format commonly referred to as a "checklist" report that you will not be able to download. While these written reports are given at the inspection site, they are limited in specific detail, except for some handwritten comments, and they contain a lot of general information that is not relevant to your house.
Our report format is 100% property-specific, easy to read, and includes annotated, large, color, digital photos (20 - 30 on average) highlighting areas of concern. Our reports average 40-50 pages in length for the typical house or building (co-ops 15 - 20 pages; condos 25 - 30 pages) and contain information you can use, including how things work and home maintenance tips. Costs estimates are provided for major items where appropriate. We are proud to have a full sample report available for your perusal so that you can see ahead of time the type of quality work you will receive. Extra time is taken to prepare these reports but they are delivered online on the business day following the inspection (usually by morning) as well as sent by hard copy in the mail. The report can be used as a punch-list or reference, or owner's manual, for years to come.