Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
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Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.

Bill Herrmann is a New York State Licensed Home Inspector, Certified ASHI Home Inspector, a level 1 mold assessor, radon testing certified and is certified by New York State Department of Conservation. We have performed over 11,000 inspections in the Mid-Hudson area since 1977. Coming from a family construction business, Bill Herrmann Sr. and his dad have built over 300 homes in New York State. He has performed over a thousand termite treatments and has taught recertification classes for many years for DEC Certification. His hands on experience is unrivaled in this area.

Q: What qualifications or credentials should a home inspector offer?
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When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of association members in your area. Then check to see who among these is the most experienced and has the most outstanding reputation for thoroughness as an inspector. And be sure to attend your inspection. That way, you'll learn as much as possible from your member inspector.

Q: What will the inspection cover?
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A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation. You will receive a thorough, computer printed and bound report at the end of the inspection which is, at minimum, 41 pages long, and a summary report for your attorney or realtor.

It's a good thing that we charge for our expertise, education and training and not by the pounds of paper we produce!

Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:
  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Gutters
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Foundation
  • Grading
  • Retaining Walls
  • Siding & Trim
  • Driveways & Walks
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Doors & Windows
  • Chimney
  • Fireplace
  • Major Appliances
  • Electrical System
  • Water Heater
  • Plumbing System
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating

Q: How long will the Inspection take?
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Most Inspections take about 1.5 to 2 hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

Q: How is payment made?
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Payment by cash or check is made at the time of inspection. On the day of inspection you will receive the Structural report, Termite (Wood Destroying Insect Infestation Inspection) Report, and Septic (if applicable) report. Radon testing takes two to three days and a couple of days in the lab, figure about a week for that report. Water (bacteria) reports take three days. If you or a representative can't be present we can mail you the reports, and discuss the inspection by phone, e-mail or IM.

Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
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We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish.

Q: Why use our Services?
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The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.

A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.

  1. There is NO Home Inspector in this area who has performed more inspections or actually built more homes than Bill Herrmann.
  2. MOST Home Inspectors in this area are NOT certified in the TERMITE category by NYS DEC and therefore are NOT legally, morally or ethically performing "Termite" inspections!
  3. MOST Home Inspectors are not formally trained in Mold testing, or have our state of the art testing equipment.
  4. MOST Home Inspectors have no insurance or insurance that matches ours. We carry a generous 1 Million dollar PER OCCURRENCE Class A Liability policy for our inspector personally and for our business, through FREA with National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh PA. which includes:
  • E&O -Unlimited number of inspections
  • Both residential (up to 75 units) and commercial work (up to 20 acres)
  • Referring Party Coverage
  • Prior Acts coverage
  • Underwritten by an A++ rated carrier
  • Insurance program is admitted in all 50 states
  • Radon Testing
  • Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
  • Wood Destroying Organism Inspections

Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
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This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Please avoid the urge to bring the whole family, friends, pets, etc.. While we know this is an exciting adventure for you and your family, the day of inspection is a serious event to make sure that you fully understand the condition of your new home. While it is a disservice to you for your inspector to be distracted by all the noise and chatter, you need to be able to carefully listen to all that is being explained to you. This is probably your biggest investment, and the inspection needs all the attention that you can provide. Of course this is up to you decide...You are the boss!

Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
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You can call us at 845-222-2264 and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.