Pre-purchase home inspections cover all interior components of a home and benefit home buyers by uncovering issues that could be overlooked by untrained eyes. Our experienced home inspectors at All Jersey Home Inspection in South Plainfield, New Jersey, are fully trained in the building industry. When you’re counting on a home interior inspection to uncover any major repairs you might be unwilling or unable to pay for, you can trust our comprehensive inspection services. We carefully inspect the walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows and electrical components in every room of the home. We also evaluate other relevant elements in each room, which vary based on the primary purpose of the space.
While we prefer to inspect attics from the inside, if there’s less than 36 inches of headroom, the space is restricted by ducts or the joists are obscured by insulation, we inspect the space as best we can from the access points for safety reasons. We inspect the type and amount of insulation on the floor of the attic using generic terms and approximate measurements but don’t test the insulation for specific identification. We also don’t move any insulation, which could obscure electrical conduit, junction boxes, water pipes, exhaust fans or other components. We do evaluate the roof framing, sheathing, ventilation, wiring and lighting.
Basements are notorious for water penetration, but we can only report on the basement’s condition at the time of our inspection. We make every attempt to look for signs that water has penetrated the space by inspecting the floors, ceilings, walls and windows. We also evaluate the sump pump, if one is installed, and always recommend a battery backup to keep the pump running during power outages. If the basement has been finished, we inspect improvements made to the space.
Besides standard home interior inspections, in bathrooms we also inspect counters, cabinets and bath surrounds, plus plumbing systems and fixtures, including sinks, basins, faucets, traps, toilets, tubs and showers. We test a representative number of electric switches and outlets, check the HVAC source and evaluate ventilation, including fans and windows. However, we don’t leak-test shower pans or evaluate steam showers and saunas.
Like bathrooms, we inspect counters, cabinets and electrical and plumbing components in kitchens. We also test garbage disposals, range vents, dishwashers and major kitchen appliances, including gas or electric ranges and refrigerators. However, we only test for functionality. We can’t evaluate appliances for performance, the various settings or cycles or any self-cleaning capabilities. Besides major appliances, we don’t inspect any other freestanding or built-in kitchen appliances. We also don’t inspect countertop or concealed lighting, which is often installed after original construction and typically isn’t wired to national electrical standards.
Bedrooms And Living Spaces
In all bedrooms and living spaces, we inspect visually accessible walls, floors, ceilings, closets and cabinets. We also test a representative number of electric outlets and switches, doors and windows. Our evaluation of windows includes ensuring they meet light, ventilation and emergency exit requirements. If any of the living spaces and/or bedrooms include a fireplace or wood stove, we inspect visual portions of these heating devices, including the overall construction, hearth, smoke chamber, damper and flue.
During our home interior inspection, we won’t move furniture, empty closets or cabinets or lift rugs or carpets. We also don’t evaluate window treatments, and our report won’t reflect any cosmetic deficiencies. We also may not include comments on cracks around windows, doors, framing members and seams of drywall and plasterboard. These cracks are often caused by wood shrinkage, settling and seismic activity and are best evaluated by a specialist, since cracks often become the subject of disputes.
Laundry Room Inspections
We evaluate the electrical elements of the washing machine and dryer, washer hose bib, washer drain and dryer vent. If installed, we also inspect the laundry tub and drain. Following industry standards, we neither test washing machines or dryers nor the water connections and drainpipes to these appliances. However, if the washing machine utilizes rubber hoses, we recommend replacing them with braided stainless steel hoses.
Schedule Interior Home Inspection
Before you buy a house, make sure everything is as it should be by scheduling a home interior inspection with the experts at All Jersey Home Inspection. Our service area covers all of New Jersey, and we’ve built a solid reputation for providing reliable, knowledgeable service. You can count on our team for a thorough evaluation. We gladly discuss any issues we find and offer recommendations for maintenance and repair. Contact us at 908-917-0194 to schedule your home interior inspection today.