Inspections- helping you make the best investment
If you are looking to buy a house, you may be overwhelmed with the seemingly endless list of things that have to be accomplished. Without stressing the importance of one thing over another, we know from first-hand experience the difference an inspection can make.

Whether buying a newly built house or something a little more dated, it’s important that you understand what you are buying before diving in head first. Because we understand how big of an investment buying a home is, Nickel City Inspection Services offers you insight to help you make the smartest decision.

As a reliable, non-invasive look at the property, inspections are a great way to find out the true condition of any home. From a glimpse, houses can look perfectly fine to the untrained eye. Only with a thorough visual inspection, can we shed light on the facts, informing you of the things you need to know before deciding to proceed.

Dedicated to presenting you with the truth, it is our goal to help you make the best decision, aiding in the home-buying process and giving you confidence with the property of your choice.

Providing homebuyers throughout Western New York with traditional Home Inspection components, we also specialize in larger property assessment and multi-unit inspection components. We offer our services for these other types of properties as well:

  • From your roof to your garage and the kitchen, from the foundation to the electrical, plumbing, and cooling systems, we do it all – and better than anyone else in town. Taking things one step further, we also offer affordable annual Home Maintenance Reviews and Radon Testing.
  • If there’s one thing you need before moving, it’s Nickel City Inspection Services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
  • As a special bonus, each Home Inspection report comes with a FREE digital Home Binder to help you manage your home maintenance needs and organize your reports. This way you can keep track of your household maintenance, repairs and upgrades, so when it’s time to sell you have a complete history of your home.

From your roof to your garage and the kitchen, from the foundation to the electrical, plumbing, and cooling systems, we do it all – and better than anyone else in town. Taking things one step further, we also offer radon testing and home maintenance testing with annual maintenance checks to prevent major issues in the long-term.

If there’s one thing you need before moving, it’s Nickel City Inspection Services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. If we perform a Home Inspection and you decide not to buy that home, we offer a discounted rate for the next house you fall in love with.

What a Home Inspection is and is not

Home inspectors will observe and report on the site conditions, structural systems, exterior, roof systems, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, interior, insulation/ventilation, fireplaces (condition, not operation), and attics. To see the full list of observations by your home inspector, please click here and refer to section 197-5.1.  There are however, limitations and exclusions with home inspections to be aware of. Home inspectors are not required to observe on anything that is hidden and not accessible to the inspector. Home inspectors will not observe appliances, recreational facilities, alarms, speaker systems, security devices, or lawn irrigation systems.  For a full list of exclusions, please click here and refer to section 197-5.16.

 

Put simply, Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Undetectable by the human senses. It occurs due to a natural process called radioactive decay. Radon gives off tiny radioactive particles that can be breathed in. If the home isn’t adequately ventilated, you could experience prolonged exposure to Radon, which can cause lung cancer. Lung cancer caused by Radon has been reported to claim the lives of over 20,000 per year. Now just because your home has elevated levels of Radon, doesn’t mean you have to move, or that you shouldn’t buy that house. Although, those are decision best left up to you and your family. But it does mean there are some extra measures you should take to protect your family, if you do choose to stay or to buy the home.

 

Radon Zone Descriptions for WNY Counties

Zone 1: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L

Zone 2: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels from 2 to 4 pCi/L

Zone 3: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels less than 2 pCi/L

 

County Name

State

Radon Zone

Allegany NY 1
Cattaraugus NY 1
Chautauqua NY 1
Erie NY 1
Genesee NY 1
Livingston NY 1
Wyoming NY 1
Monroe NY 2
Niagara NY 2
Orleans NY 2

 

We always recommend a Radon test, because it exists literally everywhere. But if you are looking at a home or are living in a county with a Radon Zone 1, we HIGHLY recommended that you get the Radon test. A level of 4 pCi/L or more would require a Radon Mitigation system to help protect your family.

 

This information was obtained from and is updated by the EPA at https://www.epa.gov/radon/find-information-about-local-radon-zones-and-state-contact-information#stateradon

 

Important Radon Links

Radon Info: https://www.epa.gov/radon

Radon Map: https://geopub.epa.gov/Radon/

Radon FAQ: https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/202349927

Radon Mitigation: https://www.epa.gov/radon/find-radon-test-kit-or-measurement-and-mitigation-professional#who

Radon and Cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/radon/radon-fact-sheet

Radon Hotline: 1-800-55RADON (557-2366)