Buying a home is one of life’s biggest decisions and a reliable home inspection might be the most important part of the process. According to the experts, having a trained professional determine the health of a home gives the buyer an opportunity to get to know the house better before fully committing to the purchase. Eli Klugmann of Best Nest Inspections says his main goal is to “educate and make the buyer aware of any material defects within the house they are buying.”
Eli, who describes himself as thorough and meticulous, spends a few hours at a standard home inspection. He advises buyers to show up toward the end for a walk-through, where he will point out important components like the electrical breaker panel and the water main shut-off. As a homeowner, he believes you should be aware of the mechanical workings within the house should a problem arise down the road.
Eli’s reports are written in easy-to-read language, making it simple for the buyer to understand. He encourages you not only to read the report, but also to ask questions. “I am easily accessible and happy to dedicate considerable time to a buyer who wants to understand in greater detail what I have uncovered,” he said. Eli also includes photos in his report, which often helps the buyer visualize the information included.
“Most home inspections are full of things that can easily panic the buyer,” said Eli, yet many of the issues included are usually quite easy to repair. In some cases, it comes down to simply balancing the sale price of the house with the cost of addressing certain problems.
When it comes to home inspection, “water is the enemy,” said Eli, who starts scanning the property as soon as he gets out of the car. “I can tell there may be issues of water intrusion just by walking around the perimeter of the house.” Other areas of concern that he prioritizes are considerable roof damage or issues with a home’s structural integrity.
At the end of the day, Eli says, “safety is the priority.” He performs an extensive inspection and will always offer suggestions for updates that could improve the overall safety of a home. Sometimes it’s something as basic as switching out older outlets for newer and better ones, a simple upgrade he thinks is worth considering. He is also happy to guide buyers who want to know which issues should be prioritized and which are less important.
“My report is a great value,” said Eli, who is known for his detailed and comprehensive work as well as his willingness to spend time with buyers. The inspection is an integral part of the purchasing process, he said, and urges buyers to select an inspector who will provide guidance and transparency within the process. Best Nest Inspections is licensed in both New York and New Jersey. To reach Best Nest, please call 908-451-3905 or email [email protected].
By Andrea Nissel