Move In Certified Pre-Listing Inspections
Having a Move In Certified Pre-Listing Certification by North Jersey Property Inspections (NJPI) is a smart move. We save you money because you’ll find out ahead of time what your buyer’s inspector is going to find wrong with your home. It also demonstrates that you made every effort to provide a full disclosure of the property.
Now that you have identified items in need of repair in your home, you can research estimates from local contractors to find out what the cost to repair them is. You may choose to adjust your selling price for an As-Is listing, or you may choose to make the repair and sell your home for it’s full market value.
Once you’ve accepted an offer on your home, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you won’t have to haggle over expensive repairs your buyer’s inspector finds.
Home Buyer Inspections
You think you found the perfect house. Now you want to know if it’s safe, healthy and in good repair. Home Buyer inspections by NJPI are popular because there is no such thing as a perfect house. Even new construction homes can have problems. What’s important is to discover them before the sale closes so that they can be addressed. If a major defect is found, the solution can be as simple as asking the seller to correct the problem or to adjust the sales price so that you can have it fixed at a later date. Make sure you get a couple or three contractor estimates so you’re comfortable you know how much to budget for that repair.
Annual Home Owner Inspections
The home inspection you had performed on your home before you purchased it was an assessment of the property at the time of purchase and not a lifetime guarantee. Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your home in good condition. Like an annual check up at the doctors office, NJPI performs an annual checkup of your home to identify overlooked maintenance items and hidden issues that can quietly wreak havoc on your home.
If you’ve already had your property inspected by us and want us to come back to check that repairs were completed properly, or if a seller has recently had a Pre-Listing Inspection by us and you want us to come back and make sure there are no new issues since that inspection was performed, NJPI will come back to reinspect at a reduced rate.
New Construction Phase Inspections
Having a home built? Hire NJPI to come out and make sure your contractors are doing it right before your write those progress payment checks. Below are two standard offers you may choose to handle your Construction Phase Inspections. Each can be tailored to your specifications.
Three Point Inspections: We come by to perform a post pour foundation check, a pre-drywall check and a Final Walk Through. You are provided with the same Home Inspection Services we provide in every home, focusing on health and safety issues. Adding these additional trips while the house is being built will give you the peace of mind that defects, which would otherwise be hiding between your floors and walls unnoticed, have been addressed.
Our three phase inspection does not include a review of Specifications or Construction Plans and Drawings. It requires that all the Framing Plumbing, Electrical and Heating and Ventilation be complete before the Pre-Drywall inspection can be performed even if they are finished weeks or months apart. Finished Carpentry will not be checked until the Final Walk Through. Three Point Inspections may require additional re-inspections visits, which are not included and are billed separately.
Seven Point Inspections: Same as the Three Point Inspections except this service includes a review of Specifications and Construction Plans and Drawings. Additional services include separate foundation check, framing check, plumbing check, electrical check, heating and ventilation check. Finished carpentry check will follow before the Final Walk through. More visits means problems are caught earlier so that your project stays on schedule. This type of inspection is particularly handy if you are making progress payments to your builder. Additional billings for re-inspections are less likely because they may be performed during another inspection phase.
Pre-construction, builder meetings and consultation services are also available for an additional fee.
New Construction Final Walk Through Inspections
After months of Construction, your house is finally complete, and all you need to do is take the final walk through and get the keys. Without an Inspector, the builder takes you on a rushed tour through the house while you’re planning where your furniture is going to go.
Not so fast! This is an opportunity to make sure the builder delivered what he promised and that any damages and imperfections are taken care of before you hand the builder his final payment. NJPI carefully walks you through the house, making sure everything is performing correctly, looking for defects you need to add to your punchlist so that they may be addressed before closing. We’ll also show you how to operate the systems in your new home. We don’t check building code but if we see something peculiar, we’ll make sure you know to ask about it.
Builder’s Warranty Inspections
Even if you had your home inspected before you moved into your new home, building materials will expand and contract with environmental and weather changes. You might start noticing problems during the first year that were not visible when you first moved into your house.
Even if you don’t notice anything, Murphy’s Law will have it that you’ll find defects just after the builder’s warranty period ends. The builder is responsible for repairs to your home during the warranty period. The repair costs were already calculated into the purchase price when you hired the builder. Hiring NJPI to conduct an inspection far outweighs the repair costs you may incur on your own in the future. So be sure to have your Warranty Inspection performed before your warranty expires.
Project and Contractor Oversight
Whether you’re planning to build an addition or remodel an existing room, NJPI can provide consultation, or just stop by to make sure it’s being completed correctly. If you’ve decided to hire a contractor, we’ll make sure the job is complete before you make that final payment.
Inspection of Individual Home Components and Systems
You may not always need your entire home inspected. Maybe there are just one or two things you have a concern over or want an unbiased opinion about a specific component or system in your home before you call a contractor. NJPI will be happy to come by and take a quick look for you.
While outdoor radon levels have little potential hazardous effect on humans, studies have found that exposure to radon in the home can cause lung cancer. A Radon Map of New Jersey shows a high radon potential particularly in the NorthWestern part of the state and elsewhere. New construction homes can be built with radon resistant features. Older homes can have their radon levels mitigated. To check the radon levels of your home, or one you are purchasing, or if you want to check if the mitigation features in place are working properly, NJPI can provide a radon measurement test and advise what further actions are necessary based on the results.
Just because you cannot see or smell mold in your home or the one you’re planning on buying, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mold can grow in hidden spaces behind walls and ceilings, under the floors or carpeting and inside the ductwork in your home. NJPI can check your home for mold particularly in the basement and attic where moisture intrusion usually occurs and around water sources in the bathroom and kitchen where leaks can cause mold to grow.
Indoor Air Quality
Pollutants such as chemicals and gases and organisms such as mold and pests can affect the air quality of your home. Exposure to these can have long term affects on the health of your family. If you suspect the air quality of your home is poor, a Certified Indoor Air Quality Inspector can evaluate your home to confirm or debunk your suspicions.
Age In Place Inspections
Aging in place is an option for many seniors who prefer to live in the security of their own home and enjoy the independence and quality of life they have earned from their many years of hard work and savings in their youth. NJPI will conduct an inspection of the home and recommend adaptations to increase maneuverability, accessibility and safety for elderly occupants. We’ll also point out repairs that need to be made or budgeted for. We’ll help you find the big ticket-long life projects you should consider for your home while you are still working and producing a healthy income.
Termites can cause extensive damage to your home before you ever realize you have a pest problem. Their presence is hard to detect because they eat wood from the inside out. Mature male termites may enter your home to form new nests form one that is nearby such as a woodpile, a rotting wood fence, a rotting tree branch, landscape mulch and any untreated wood used to build your porch or deck. NJPI can perform a termite inspection of your home and alert you to any damage or signs we see that termites maybe nesting in your home.
Perfect for pinpointing mystery leaks, cold spots, hot spots, and missing insulation. Infrared help us see through walls. It is especially useful for locating overworked parts in your home’s systems that are ready to fail.
This Service will be available Fall 2016.
Home Energy Audits
A Home Energy Audit can help you determine where your house is losing energy and evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Substantial savings can occur once these energy wasters are identified and corrected
This Service is not currently available.
EFIS Moisture Inspections
The Barrier EFIS that is used on many homes is not designed to allow large amounts of water to easily evaporate. Undetected, these moisture instrusions can become trapped and soak the substrate or framing of the home causing serious damage to structural integrity of the building. The most common areas of moisture intrusion is around windows and doors, along the roof and anywhere where caulking has decayed and not replaced. Any intrusions into the EFIS is also a potential problem such as mailboxes, decorative moldings, shutters and decks. If problems are identified early, preventative measures can be taken before damage occurs. EFIS inspections can take several hours to perform and may even span to more than a day if problems are discovered.
This Service is not currently available.