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Branch is now officially a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise

Branch is proud to announce that we have met the qualifications for The Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification Program. The program’s goal strengthen diversity in the state.

Branch Services is committed to providing opportunities to all Long Islanders who are committed to the fire, flood and mold restoration business. We are proud of our hardworking staff and owners who have decades of experience behind them and look forward to continuing to serve the community for years to come.

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Catch us at the Long Island Commercial Real Estate Expo!

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Next Wednesday (3/16) Branch Services will be exhibiting at the Long Island Commercial Real Estate Expo

“The Long Island Commercial Real Estate Expo is the event dedicated to improving economic activity on Long Island through the commercial real estate industry. The show is for Long Island and is produced by Long Islanders. It offers unique programs featuring business leaders discussing issues that affect the business climate.”

You can visit their Website here

http://www.longislandrealestateexpo.com/

Tips to Passing A Home Inspection

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Selling a home is stressful enough. Even if you find a buyer, homeowners can be blindsided by problems uncovered by an inspection. Before you sell , make sure these common home inspection issues don’t put a wrench in selling your home.

1. Faulty wiring. Worn or outdated systems and jerry rigged additions are the most common defects, especially in older homes. Any major issues with electrical systems must be addressed immediately.

2. Roof problems. Roofs can be expensive to be repaired/replaced.  An old, damaged roof can also mean water problems and entirely new headaches.

3. Heating/cooling system defects. Improper installations, inadequate maintenance and aged components are common.

4. Plumbing issues. The most common defects are leaking, outdated systems. Repairs can often be made, but on occasion total system replacement is the only solution.

5. Inadequate insulation and ventilation in attic. Poor insulation and poor ventilation cause excessive utility costs.

6. Whole house is poorly maintained. When a house is left to fall into disrepair, it represents a potential high cost situation to bring the home back into good condition. If the homeowner did not properly care for the home, someone will need to later.

7. Poor drainage. If there are drainage issues, water damage isn’t far behind.  Make sure drainage issues are taken care of. Roof gutters and downspouts can sometimes be added to rectify site drainage problems.

8. Cracks in walls & windows. If air can get in, so can water. Water damage leads to costly repairs in the future.

9. Minor structural damage. Cut and broken trusses are often seen in attic cavities and on occasion we also see structural components missing. Usually repairs are needed, however we find it is rarely an imminent safety hazard.

10. Mold. Signs of mold growth can kill a contract. Homebuyers should consider a complete environmental evaluation of the property before buying.

Asbestos Abatement Long Island

Asbestos is a dangerous material that is still present in many buildings today. When intact it poses little threat, but once it starts breaking down it can prove dangerous. Removal of asbestos is taken very seriously and must be done by licensed professionals. If you need asbestos abatement, you should be aware of a few things.

If you need asbestos removed from your home, you will need to hire a contractor that is licensed with  New York State Department of Labor.  Before you hire any contractor make sure to check the status of their license at this website.  https://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ASBESTOS.shtm. 

This website is also a great resource for finding a qualified, licensed asbestos abatement contractor in their area.

The NY Dept of Labor requires contractors notify them when they have an asbestos removal job that is over a certain number of square or linear feet. The state charges fees based on the size of the job. Unfortunately these fees are unavoidable. When hiring your contractor, make sure their quote reflects these fees so you are not caught off guard.
Linear Feet – ( This would be for pipe or boiler insulation)
0-259                    $0.00
260-429               $200.00
430-824               $400.00
825-1649             $400.00
825-1649             $1,000.00
1650 or more     $2,000.00

Square Feet – (This would be for floor tile or shingles)
1-159                    $0.00
160-259               $200.00
260-499               $400.00
500-999               $1,000.00
1,000 or more    $2,000.00

Finally, all asbestos projects that are notified to the DOL must have an independent third party air sampling firm hired to take air samples.  The firm must be contracted by the property owner or owner’s agent. The firm must be completely independent of all asbestos abatement contractors involved with the asbestos project.