In many ways- the home inspection is one of the most important steps of the sales process in New Jersey. Because buyers were blind sighted by structural defects, mold or asbestos contaminants, faulty heating and ventilation systems etc. in homes they purchased, increased regulations have been implemented to more fully protect buyers. Sellers must disclose all material issues/defects with the home prior to the buyer putting down a deposit. However, there may be issues even the home owner may not be aware of.
The inspection is the buyer’s opportunity to find out everything about the home they are purchasing, including how to maintain the systems. It usually takes 2 hours, costs between $50-$600 and covers:
Structural Components -foundations, floors and walls
Exterior Components – siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc.
Roofing – coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.
Plumbing – piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems etc.
Electrical – wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles, etc.
Heating – equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys, etc.
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps – cooling and air-handling equipment, controls and ducting, etc.
Interior – partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc.
Insulation and Ventilation – attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc.
To find a qualified inspector for your home purchase you can go to the NJ Association of Licensed Home Inspectors‘s website.