Our Reporting System
Items Included In Your Inspection
This page covers how we go about inspecting your property. As you will notice, it is very thorough and, although this information is pretty self-explanatory, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
- Exterior surfaces
- Exterior doors
- Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings
- Vegetation, grading drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building
- Attached or adjacent walkway, patios and driveways
- Garage door, including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms
Roofing System Components
- Roofing surface
- Roof drainage systems
- Exterior of chimneys
Plumbing System Components
- Interior water supply and distribution systems, including functional flow and drainage
- All interior fixtures and faucets
- Drain, waste and vent systems
- Domestic water heating systems, without operating safety valves or automatic safety controls
- Combustion vent systems
- Fuel distribution systems
- Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping
Electrical System Components
- Service entrance system
- Main disconnects, main panel and sub panels, including interior components of main panel and sub panels
- Service grounding
- Wiring, without measuring amperage, voltage or impedance
- Over-current protection devices and the compatibility of their ampacity with that of the connected wiring
- At least one of each interior installed lighting fixture, switch and receptacle of house
- Ground fault circuit interrupters
Heating System Components
- Installed heating equipment and energy sources, without determining heat supply adequacy or distribution balance and without opening automatic safety controls or operating heat pumps when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the pumps.
- Combustion vent systems and chimneys
- Fuel storage tanks
- Visible and accessible portions of heat exchanger, removing the flame roll-out shield, if applicable.
Cooling System Components
- Central cooling system without operating central cooling equipment when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the cooling equipment
- Permanently installed hard-wired, through-wall individual cooling system
- Energy sources
- Walls, ceilings and floors
- Steps, stairways and railings
- Installed wall cabinets to determine if secure
- At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room
- Household appliances, limited to:
- Kitchens range and oven to confirm operation of burners or heating elements
- Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage
- Garbage disposer
Insulation Components and Ventilation System
- Insulation in unfinished spaces with disturbing insulation
- Ventilation of attics and foundation areas
- Mechanical ventilation systems
Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
- Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, condition and visual evidence of draft
- Chimneys and combustion vents
Do I Need Additional Services?
Additional certification/inspection services beyond the basic home inspection are likely to be part of the contract and required by the lending institution. These generally include radon, wood destroying insects, septic and, at times, well testing.
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and invisible natural radioactive gas formed by decaying uranium in the earth's soil. It exists all over the world, with higher concentrations in some areas. Radon moves up through the ground and enters the building by seeping through cracks and seams in the foundation and floor. It can then accumulate in the home and in high concentrations, can present health hazards over periods of time. Radon gas testing can be conducted at the time of the home inspection. Homes are often tested for radon to make sure their levels are within a safe range.
Testing encompasses placement of a charcoal canister in a specific area of the home, where it will remain for between two and six days. The test canister is retrieved by our New Jersey/New York State Certified Radon Measurement Technicians. The canister is then analyzed and the radon concentration is determined.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
The Wood Destroying Insect Inspection will inspect for all wood boring insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, old house borers and powder post beetles. The inspector looks at all visible areas of the structure which are readily accessible. Evidence of an infestation, or lack thereof, is reported on a HUD/VA approved form. An inspection may include sounding or probing areas where infestations are suspected.
For septic certifications, we arrange for an open-pit septic inspection by a New Jersey/New York Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) or a New Jersey/New York Professional Engineer (PE). The New Jersey/New York licensed professional understands disposal system design, installation and function. More comprehensive septic evaluation, including inspection by opening a small cross section of the disposal field or seepage pits is available.
New Jersey/New York's comprehensive Private Well Testing Act requires sampling of private drinking water wells for contamination whenever a property is sold. Before closings, both buyer and seller must certify, in writing, that the tests were performed and that the results were shared with the parties. People will receive their well test results on a standardized form, which will also provide them information about options for correcting a well-contamination problem. A laboratory certified by the New Jersey/New York Department of Environmental Protection in drinking water methods must perform the tests.