April 8

NJ Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

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If you’re about to buy a home in New Jersey, this home inspection checklist will help you understand what a home inspector is looking for during the inspection.

Included are some basic things we look at while inspecting a property. Use this home inspection checklist as your guide:

  • Attic: Adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof.
  • Basement: Water leakage, musty smell.
  • Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away
  • Doors and Windows: Loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weather-stripping
  • Driveways/Sidewalks: Cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains
  • Electrical: Condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room.
  • Exterior Brick: Cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks
  • Foundations: Cracks or water seepage
  • Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs.
  • Garage: Exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism.
  • Insulation: Adequate rating for the climate
  • Plumbing: Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation.
  • Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot.
  • Roof: Age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts
  • Siding: Dents or buckling
  • Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating.

*Important: Using a checklist is not a suggestion for you NOT to hire an experienced and certified home inspector. You should always hire a licensed and professional NJ home inspector to conduct your property inspection.

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