Merlino & Gonzalez - October 2021

What Do Home Inspectors Look for in New York? WHAT TO EXPECT ON INSPECTION DAY

something bigger may be going on with the home. When structural problems are not repaired, major damage can occur, raising safety concerns and red flags. Home systems and plumbing are also looked at carefully during the inspection, especially the drainage pipe materials, faucets, toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. Where there are plumbing issues, water damage is likely, which can lead to mold. It should be noted that a sewage inspection is not included in the home inspection. The home’s fences, landscaping, driveways, drainage, doors, electrical, roof, and appliances will all be examined for signs of damage or safety concerns. An inspector will always find something that needs to be updated or repaired, so again, do not be alarmed and frustrated by a long list of items provided by a home inspector. The list of repairs ensures the buyer and seller arrive at a fair deal and indicates what needs to be done before the sale is complete.

If you have ever bought or sold a home, you are no stranger to the stressors of the process. After an offer is made and accepted, it’s inspection time! The offer acceptance is an exciting time for both parties, but they both also share the worry and anxiety over the inspection. The home inspection contingency clause that appears in the vast majority of real estate contracts states that the buyer has the right to negotiate their offer, rescind their offer, and/or request repairs on the property after the home inspection has been completed. Knowing ahead of time about the big-ticket items home inspectors look at can help alleviate some of the anxiety. Almost always, a home inspection in New York comes back with a repair list. The structural integrity of the home is arguably the most important portion of the inspection. The home inspector will look at the ceilings, walls, foundation, and floors closely. Cracks, uneven floors, gaps between walls and floors, and gaps around windows are all indications that


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This one’s for the candy corn lovers! This “pizza” is far from traditional, but once you try it, you might find yourself making it every October!


• 1/2 cup chocolate chips • 1/4 cup vanilla frosting (store- bought or homemade)

• 1 roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter • 1 cup candy corn


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Grease a round, 12-inch pan and line with cookie dough, ensuring the dough covers all but the outer 1/2 inch. 3. Bake for 16–20 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely. 4. Spread the peanut butter over the cooled cookie dough, then sprinkle on the candy corn and chocolate chips. 5. In a small bowl, microwave the frosting for 15 seconds or until liquified. 6. Drizzle the frosting over the “pizza,” slice, and serve!

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