Structural and Mechanical Inspections
The professional New Jersey/New York home inspectors at Parisen Associates, LLC will inspect and report on the overall structure and the condition of the exterior and related items. This includes a visible inspection of the dwelling for its overall condition and settlement.
Parisen Associates, LLC home inspectors conduct a visible evaluation of the structure for squareness and vertical plumb. The visible areas include where exposed, the foundation, side walls, roof line, and any additions that may have been added to the house.
A New Jersey/New York home inspection by one of our staff will include all the entrance steps or ground level entrance areas. The entrance steps are a very high maintenance item and we have discovered that most houses over five years old are in need of some general maintenance to the entrance steps or stoop. A couple of areas of concern are concrete deterioration and stoop rotation. Stoop rotation is when the foundation of a concrete, stone, or brick stoop has heavy settlement, causing it to rotate back into the foundation of the house. This condition can cause serious cracking in the foundation.
A New Jersey/New York home inspection by Parisen Associates, LLC includes a visible inspection of the exposed areas of the interior framing. Our inspector will make a visible inspection of the house interior for any structural problems. When feasible, he will inspect the main beam, lolly columns, rim and floor joists, as well as all other components of the structure. Special attention is given to the levelness of the floors. Floors that have a noticeable slope is an indication that there may be a structural problem.
Our New Jersey/New York home inspection includes a visible inspection of the interior condition of the home. The inspector will examine the interior walls, floors and ceilings for structural problems. Some of the things to look for are wood rot, functional support columns, the condition of the main beam and floor joists and the condition of the sub flooring, if visible. We also look for cracks, displacement, water damage and the overall condition of the interior.
Walls, Floors, Trim and Ceilings
Our New Jersey/New York home inspection will look for condition, stains and settlement. In older homes, some settlement can be expected but if the floors are really out of level, it's a sign of foundation or structural damage.
Windows and Doors
The doors and door hardware will be inspected for condition, function and squareness with the door opening. The windows especially important in the inspection. In older homes the window are frequently original and beyond repair and quite costly.
Most newer style homes have Thermopane® windows. It is not uncommon for these type of windows to have seal problems around the panes of glass. If the seal is broken, moisture can get in between the panes of glass. A permanently fogged window develops and the window needs replacing. The New Jersey/New York Home Inspector is well aware of this type of problem.
While inspecting the rooms, we will test the electrical outlets for grounding and function. The inspector will also look for over-use of extension cords.
Sometimes, home owners take out radiators, close off the heat register, remove the baseboards, etc. Our inspector will examine each and every room for a proper heat supply. All units present in each room is tested for proper function.
All the stairs in the house are inspected for condition. Uneven step rise and missing or damaged hand rails can produce a hazardous condition and is one of the leading causes of serious injury in the home. Our home Inspector will check all stairs throughout the home for safety and function.
At Parisen Associates, LLC we pay special attention to the kitchen and all appliances. We inspect every cabinet door, drawers, countertop, sink, plumbing, stove and oven, store vents and fan, floor covering, walls and trim. This includes the dishwasher, garbage compactor, refrigerator, disposal unit and microwave oven.
Bathrooms produce a heavy amount of moisture and special attention are given to these rooms. The inspector will evaluate the sinks, bathtubs, toilets and showers. The floors and walls will be inspected very carefully since water damage is common in these areas. Bathroom vents, plumbing and the electrical outlets will also be inspected with special attention to grounding and function. And, if the outlets are GFCI types, they will be tested to assure that the outlet is good condition.
The garage is inspected for the condition of its structure, roof, electrical, windows and doors. Special attention will be given to the garage door(s) and any automatic opener(s), including opener safety features.