Home inspections benefit home buyers by uncovering issues with the home that may be overlooked by the untrained eye. When you hire a home inspector from All Jersey Home Inspection in South Plainfield, New Jersey, you’re hiring an experienced professional with training and experience in the building industry. Our comprehensive home inspection services provide you with an unbiased analysis that covers everything from the foundation to the rooftop and helps determine the property’s overall condition prior to the sale.
What We Inspect
Pre-purchase inspections protect you from purchasing a home that requires major repairs. Our professional home inspection services include visual evaluations of every aspect of a house.
A thorough exterior inspection tells us more about what to look for on the interior of a home. Exterior inspections typically include:
- Grounds: Driveway, walkways, steps and stoops, decks, porches, swales and vegetation, but not landscape components. Inspection also includes an evaluation of the grading to ensure proper drainage and that water isn’t pooling near the home.
- Exterior surface and components: All exterior walls and surfaces, trim, fascia, soffits, entry doors, doorbell, windows and screens, exterior lighting, exterior electric outlets, hose bibs, gas meter, main gas valve, retaining walls, carports, balconies, handrails and guardrails. We don’t evaluate subterranean drainage systems, any detached structures such as storage sheds or components like driveway gates.
- Structure: Identification of the foundation type and evidence of any structural deficiencies. We also evaluate framing, beams, load-bearing walls, joints and trusses, slabs, floors and subfloors, stairs and piers and posts.
- Roofing: Flashing, valleys, skylights, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, flues, vents and roofing materials. Roof inspections are best performed by walking the surfaces, but sometimes we’re prevented from doing this. Your inspection report indicates what evaluation method we used, the roofing materials and the approximate age of the roof. We can’t predict a roof’s life expectancy or guarantee it won’t leak.
We carefully inspect each room, including the walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows in each space. We also inspect components relevant to each room’s primary purpose but never comment on cosmetic deficiencies. Interior inspections typically include:
- Attic: Roof framing, insulation, sheathing, wiring, lighting and ventilation. If entry to the attic is restricted, we attempt to inspect these components from access points. We use generic terms and approximate measurements when evaluating insulation types and amounts used but never test the material for more specific identification.
- Basement: Signs of water penetration in the floors, ceilings, walls and windows. Basement inspections are vital because they’re naturally prone to water penetration. We also evaluate electrical service and the sump pump, if installed.
- Bathroom: Counters, cabinets, sinks and basins, faucets, traps, tub and surround, shower and surround, toilets, electrical and plumbing components, HVAC source and ventilation. We don’t evaluate window treatments, steam showers or saunas or leak-test shower pans.
- Kitchen: Counters, cabinets, electrical and plumbing components, range vent, sinks and faucets, garbage disposals and HVAC source. We test major cooking appliances, including stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers, for functionality. However, we can’t evaluate the performance of these appliances, including any self-cleaning capabilities. We don’t test any other freestanding or built-in kitchen appliances.
- Bedrooms and Living Spaces: Built-in cabinets and closets and electrical components, including switches and outlets. We evaluate windows for light, ventilation and emergency egress purposes but don’t evaluate window treatments or look under carpets.
- Laundry Room: Washer hose bib, washer and dryer electrical, dryer vent, washer drain and laundry tub and drain. We don’t test washers or dryers or the connections and drainpipes for these appliances.
- Fireplace/wood stove: Visual portions of fireplaces or woodstoves in any room, including construction, hearth, smoke chamber, damper and flue.
- Air Conditioning and Heating Systems: Exterior unit, visible refrigerant lines, exposed ductwork, blower fan, filter, flue pipe, distribution and thermostat. We test the heating and/or cooling systems and note the age of these systems whenever possible, but we don’t dismantle and inspect concealed portions.
We also evaluate major systems throughout the home, including testing a representative number of switches and outlets as part of the electrical system evaluation. We recommend the entire electrical system be evaluated and certified by an electrician. We also inspect visible plumbing system components, including water and gas service lines, main water shutoff, pressure relief valves, pressure regulators, drainpipes, service caps, drain and vent pipes, flue pipe and water heating devices. We recommend having pipes video scanned, which reveals blockages and confirms the house is connected to the public sewer system.
Hire Top New Jersey Home Inspectors
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, our comprehensive home inspection services give you peace of mind that everything is as it should be. Our fully licensed and insured home inspection company services all of New Jersey. We’re always happy to discuss any issues we discover and make recommendations for maintenance and repairs. Contact us at 908-917-0194 to schedule your home inspection today.