Please feel free to search our site to learn about our company, and find out why you should use a professional home inspector in the purchase of your home.
On the following pages you will find a wealth of information about the home inspection process.
Including a detailed description of our home inspection procedure.
Explanations of other optional tests that may be performed during a home inspection.
Such as radon testing, lead paint testing, water quality testing, and a wood destroying insect report.
You will also find explanation of our inspection fee schedule.
The inspection process is based on many things, but the two most important to you the home buyers are the home inspector and the inspection report.
Only with the proper combination of these two things, will you be able to receive all the information needed to make a confident home buying decision.
There are many good reasons for a home inspection, one is to inform you of the overall condition of the home and to point out any defects, thus helping you to avoid any additional unexpected expenses, another is for you to use the gathered information to assist you in your home purchase negotiations.
Through the links at the top of the page you will be able to go on a short virtual home inspection with us. I will explain the different types of conditions we would find on a normal inspection as if you were there with me, and yes our company prefers that the client be present at the time of the inspection.
Also, on the sample page you will find a small sample of our thirty-five page inspection report designed by the Home Inspection Institute of America. That is nationally recognized as one of the best reporting systems available.
You can see from the examples below, that a roof examination can seemed to be quite obvious. But it is the home inspectors job to see the things that are not visible to the untrained eye.
For example in the first picture what seems to be a common flashing problem is actually a much more serious problem. This problem is a result of settlement of the chimney, and needs further evaluation. What could be estimated to be a minor roof repair could turn out to be a very costly repair.
In the second example we see a roof that is definitely beyond it’s useful life. But what the untrained eye doesn’t see is that the lack of proper roof ventilation was the cause for this
These are just a couple of the many roofing problems that a professional home inspector is trained to point out to his client. He will also recommend the proper contractor to correct the problem, and suggest remedies to prevent the problem from recurring.
When most people think of landscaping, the first thing that comes to mind is trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass. To a professional home inspector the word landscaping takes on a completely different meaning.
The first thing that comes to mind for us is, grading, drainage, runoff, erosion, etc. These are the conditions that we look for and must consider as we take a stroll around the house.
In most cases the number one reason for water problems in a home, such as wet crawl spaces, basements, ground level rooms, are the improper grading of the land adjacent to the home. In the photo we see an example of this condition were the ground adjacent to the back door is on a downward slope toward the door opening.
It may seem obvious now that there is current or a potential water problem here, but for most buyers caught up in the hectic home buying process, looking at many different homes on a given day and under time constraints, would not discover this type of problem until after they have moved into the home.
Interior of the home, in this case we are discussing the general condition of the structure, such as walls, ceilings, floors, etc.
A professional home inspector can tell a lot about a home just by looking at the meeting point of the walls to the ceiling, and the slant of a floor. To the trained eye, small cracks at certain places in a structure, tell us that there could be a structural problem. Some of the reasons for excessive cracks in the ceiling and walls are due to improper settlement of the foundation, they may also be water related, or they could be due to renovations made by unqualified persons.
Also depending on the age of home and the possibility of many modifications made over the years, there are many existing problems that could go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
It is for these reasons that it is so important for the home inspector to have access and thoroughly inspect areas such as the crawl spaces, attics, etc.
There are a number of optional tests that can be performed for an additional fee during the initial home inspection.
Also please remember that in many states, certain tests such as radon or termite reports, can only be performed by state certified technicians. In the state of New Jersey and many other states, it is also, the buyers responsibility, to obtain a termite inspection certificate.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in
soil, rock & water. Radon may be released into your home through air and/or water, and according to the Surgeon General, radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer.
EPA Lab Basic Drinking Water Test
Test: Sodium, pH, chloride, calcium hardness, nitrate-N, nitrite-N, iron, manganese, total coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, fluoride.
Wood Destroying Insect Report
Wood destroying insects are commonly found throughout New Jersey. The most common wood destroying insects are termites and carpenter ants. Less common but also found in the state are powder post beetles. An experienced licensed exterminator offers the surest solution for detecting such insects and identifying damage done by them.
Lead Paint Testing
Current Federal Guidelines define Lead-Based Paint as any paint, varnish, stain or other applied coating that has a “Lead Loading” of 1.0 mg/cm2 or more of lead or 0.5% lead by dry weight. Certain States have regulatory definitions that may be different from this Federal Guideline.