Home Inspections Procedure | Prepare For Your Home Inspection

A home inspection is when someone, such as a licensed professional inspector who specializes in this area of expertise, comes to your house and looks around. The person will then report back on any potential problems that they found by taking pictures and checking for anything from structural issues with the foundation to mold growths inside the walls.

This can be an essential step before purchasing the property because it ensures you know what condition your new purchase will need repairs which may cost more than other properties would have required repairing at a closing time due to existing defects like leaky pipes, broken windows/doors, etc., but if not repaired now could cause significant damage later down the line so do make sure all items are noted during the trial period!

Home Inspection Procedure

The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; and the foundation, basement, and structural components. The home inspection process can be a lot of work, and there are many considerations to account for. A thorough walk-through is the first step in inspecting a property as it dictates what needs further investigation during an electric, plumbing, heating/cooling, or other types of inspections.


There will likely also need to check on whether any structural issues exist that could cause future problems with your potential purchase, such as cracks in foundations, walls, or floors; damage from water leaks; mold growth due to moisture buildup around windowsills and basements, etc.

Why get a home inspected?

Home inspections are an excellent opportunity for you to get into your home and learn about the different systems that keep it running.
A good inspection can be invaluable in many ways: learning what’s going on behind all those walls, getting an idea of where things like plumbing might need some work done down the road, or even just figuring out how everything is hooked up and labeled so when someone comes over they know precisely which breaker controls which outlet!

 

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Plumbing Home Inspection Checklist | Doe’s Your New Jersey/ New York Home Have Plumbing Issues?

The state of new jersey is home to many interesting sites, but none so curious as to the pipes that run through our houses. The humble pipe may not seem like much compared to other engineering feats; however, it has a profound impact on everyone’s day-to-day life and routine. They are ubiquitous fixtures throughout all levels of society which we use for everything from cooking meals at your kitchen countertop sink to showering after an invigorating jog around town! These crucial pieces offer another point where citizens can feel ownership over their city or township while providing utility services provided by public entities such as NJ American Water Company who utilizes these services just outside the Newark City Hall building. New Jersey is a state known for its dense population and large metropolitan areas. Plumbing systems are one of the essential elements in any home, as they keep water flowing throughout all parts of your house with ease.

Why Is Plumbing Important?

Plumbing problems are some of the top deficiencies found in a home inspection. Water is indispensable to life, and we use it for all sorts of activities in our daily lives, which makes it imperative that your home inspector spends adequate time examining your home’s plumbing operation. General plumbing issues found in home inspections are generally related to water leaks, sewer line clogs, water heater problems, and subpar plumbing work. The bearing of one or more of these concerns may require a full inspection from a licensed plumber.

New Jersey’s location on the coast means that we have both saltwater intrusion into underground pipes from ocean storms and snowmelt runoff during extreme winters, so you may need to be especially aware if this has been an issue at other homes or businesses near yours before selecting new plumbing services.
Plumbing is an integral part of home life. Today in New Jersey, with the new water restrictions and drought problems people have been dealing with for years now, it’s more important than ever to make sure your pipes are running smoothly – after all, you can’t drink or bathe without clean water! Here at Villa home Inspections, we offer a number of services that will help keep your plumbing system up-to-date on current standards as well as ensure there won’t be any future pipe disasters down the road. And remember safety first when it comes to drains!

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Radon In New Jersey & New York Home | What is RADON & Where Does It Come From?

It is imperative to make sure that your home has a radon detector installed from my inspection. To do this, you need a qualified inspector who will thoroughly check for the presence of natural gas and other potential threats in or around your house. A few tests can be done onsite by an expert, including myself, such as indoor air testing using special equipment designed specifically to detect levels of radiation caused by uranium found naturally in rocks such as granite and shale stone which are common materials used when building homes today.

Radiation given off through radioactive decay within isotopes like Uranium-238 leads not only causes cancers but also has been linked with respiratory diseases especially those resulting in lung cancer due to breathing problems often associated with asthma. Radon is a radioactive gas that can seep into homes and pose significant health risks.

Radon Inspection:

To check for Radon, professionals will come to your home with specialized equipment and take measurements at two points in the house: one near where you spend most of your time (typically the living room) and another point on an outside wall or window well away from any known sources of air ionization such as TVs, computers, plug-in nightlights, etc. The measurement results are then used to determine whether there’s enough radiation coming indoors through cracks around basement windows or doors, unsealed concrete slabs, open crawl spaces under buildings – even if the previous owner did no testing outdoors! If problems are found during the radon inspection, it may be necessary for additional tests if the problem is prominent.

Radon Effects:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General’s office estimate radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear.
People who smoke and expose themselves to radon are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer. EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon in homes that have a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air (a “picocurie” is a common unit for measuring the amount of radioactivity).

Parents’ responsibility is to ensure that their family members are safe in a clean and healthy environment. They can do this by getting a radon inspection which will alert them if there are unsafe levels inside any part of your home or office before it becomes an issue for anyone within those spaces.

There’s nothing worse than letting loved ones live with something dangerous like Radon, especially when you could have prevented it from happening! Installing a detector from my inspection ensures peace of mind for every family member living at home. We know now what the risks were all along – harmful chemicals infiltrating into homes thanks to poor building design choices.

 

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NJ Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

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.

At Villa Home Inspections, it’s our goal to provide your with the most comprehensive inspection.

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