Pre-purchase inspections help protect you from purchasing a home that requires major repairs you’re unwilling or unable to pay for. When you hire a home inspector from All Jersey Home Inspection in South Plainfield, New Jersey, you receive an unbiased, big-picture analysis of the home you want to purchase. It’s our job to evaluate the overall condition of the home’s structural integrity and major systems, which begins with the exterior of the house. All our inspectors are trained and experienced in the building industry and provide comprehensive home exterior inspections that identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.
Exterior Components And Grounds Inspection
Our professional home inspectors visually evaluate every aspect of the exterior starting with the grounds, especially the grading. Improper grading can cause poor drainage and allow water to pool near the home, which can damage the foundation. We also look for vegetation, including trees, shrubs and plant life, that are too close to the home and could cause structural issues. However, we don’t evaluate landscaping components for any other issues and don’t inspect fountains, ponds, patio fans and heaters, fire pits and decorative or low-voltage landscape lighting.
Other exterior features we evaluate include driveways, walkways, stairs, steps and stoops, handrails, guardrails, retaining walls, carports, decks and porches. We inspect garages but don’t inspect any other detached structures, such as storage sheds, barns or stables. Exterior surfaces in our inspection include outside walls, siding, fascia, trim, balconies, windows and doors. We also inspect outside components, such as hose bibs, exterior electric outlets and lighting, and the main gas valve, gas meter and water meter.
Exterior Structural Inspection
During a structural inspection, we inspect beams, load-bearing walls, joints and trusses, piers and posts, subfloors and other structural components. We also identify the type of foundation the home sits on and search for any evidence of structural deficiencies. However, it’s common to find cracks in foundation surfaces. Most of these cracks are caused by the curing process or settling of the home, but some may be more structurally significant. We alert you to any suspicious cracks but may not recommend consulting with a foundation contractor or structural engineer if there’s an absence of major defects.
A critical part of a home exterior inspection is the roof, because the roof is the home’s first line of defense and replacing a roof is one of the costliest home repairs. There are many different types of roofs, but the best way to evaluate any roof is by walking on the surface to look for weakened areas that may point to rot or leaks. If there’s any reason we’re unable or unwilling to physically walk on the roof, we’ll indicate the method of our evaluation on your inspection report. While evaluating your roof, we also inspect skylights, flashing, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, flues and vents.
We thoroughly evaluate every roof and attempt to provide an approximate age, but this won’t guarantee a life expectancy or that it won’t leak. Although we can evaluate the condition of the roof, it’s impossible to detect a leak except when it’s occurring or by specific water tests that are beyond the scope of our service. We always recommend you ask the seller about the roof, since they generally have the most knowledge of the roof and its history. However, evidence of an active leak can be deliberately concealed, so we also recommend you obtain a roof certification from an established roofing company.
Exterior Electrical Inspection
The electrical portion of a home exterior inspection identifies and examines the electric service entrance cable that supplies power to the home. Our inspector determines whether the service cable position meets minimum overhead height requirements and checks splices and supports. We closely examine electrical panel and subpanel components, which includes looking for issues with any of the wires and connections. We assess the general condition of the panel(s), including openings, voltage and current ratings and labeling. We also confirm the house is properly grounded to ensure the safety of inhabitants.
New Jersey’s Top Home Inspectors
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you can count on our team at All Jersey Home Inspection to deliver the comprehensive home inspection you need. We’re fully licensed and insured and a proud member of the prestigious International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. We’ve built a reputation for reliable and knowledgeable home inspection services throughout all of New Jersey. Contact us at 908-917-0194 to schedule your home inspection today.