What to Expect

What is inspected during a standard home inspection?  See the below examples.  Need more than what is on this list?  See our Additional Services page!  Essentially, you can consider it to be  “everything from the driveway to the back deck” to give you an overview!  See below for specifics.  Questions? Let us know!

 

  • Structure: including but not limited to: forked river nj home inspector services
    • Foundation
    • Floors
    • Walls
    • Ceilings
    • Roof
  • Exterior: including but not limited to:
    • Exterior doors
    • Windows
    • Decks, balconies, porches, steps, stoops and railings
    • Patios & driveways
    • Garage Doors
    • Vegetation
    • Exterior wall type surface
  • Roofing: including but not limited to the following.  Weather and conditions permitting, a drone inspection will be performed!
    • Roofing surface
    • Roof drainage systemsnj roof inspector
    • Flashing
    • Skylights
    • Chimney exterior
  • Plumbing: including but not limited to:
    • Drain, waste and vent systems
    • Water Heating systems
    • Interior water supply & distribution systems
    • Drainage sumps
  • Electrical: including but not limited to:
    • Service entrance system
    • Main disconnects, panel and sub panels
    • Service grounding
    • Wiring
    • Lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles
    • Ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Heating: including but not limited to:
    • Heating equipment & distribution type
    • Energy Sources
  • Cooling: including but not limited to: (weather permitted) nj home inspector
    • Cooling equipment & distribution type
    • Energy sources
  • Interior Components: including but not limited to
    • Walls, ceilings & floors (excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treamtns)
    • Steps, stairways & railings
    • Kitchen cabinet securing
    • At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room
    • Household appliances limited to: range & oven, dishwasher, garbage disposer
  • Insulation: including but not limited to:
    • Insulation in unfinished spaces adjacent to heated areas
    • Evidence of inadequate attic & crawlspace ventilation
  • Fireplaces & Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
    • Describe types of fireplaces & solid fuel burning appliances
    • Energy source description
    • Visible evidence of draft characteristics
  • Mold:  If any suspected mold is discovered during the inspection, JLC Home Inspections is an IAC2 Certified Mold Inspector and will sample it and send it out to our accredited lab for testing.

 

What are some examples of what is not covered and should not be expected in a home inspection?

  • Pools
  • Fencing
  • Sheds / Outbuildings
  • Screenings, shutters, awnings and similar seasonal accessories
  • Geological, geotechnical or hydrological conditions
  • Recreational facilities
  • Seawalls, break-walls and docks
  • Erosion control and earth stabilization measures
  • Enter any area or perform any procedure which is, in the opinion of the home inspector or associate home inspector, unsafe and likely to be dangerous to the inspector or other persons.
  • Enter any area or perform any procedure which will, in the opinion of the home inspector or associate home inspector, likely damage the property or its systems or components.
  • Enter any area which does not have at least 24 inches of unobstructed vertical clearance and at least 30 inches of unobstructed horizontal clearance.
  • Identify concealed conditions and latent defects.
  • Determine life expectancy of any system or components.
  • Determine the cause of any condition or deficiency.
  • Determine future conditions that may occur including the failure of systems and components including consequential damages.
  • Determine the operating costs of systems or components.
  • Determine the suitability of the property for any specialized use.
  • Determine compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances.
  • Determine market value of the property or its marketability.
  • Determine advisability of purchase of the property.
  • Determine the presence of any potentially hazardous plants, animals or diseases or the presence of any suspected hazardous substances or adverse conditions such as mold, fungus, toxins, carcinogens, noise, and contaminants in soil, water, and air.
  • Determine the effectiveness of any system installed or method utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances.
  • Operate any system or component which is shut down or otherwise inoperable.
  • Operate any system or component which does not respond to normal operating controls.
  • Operate shut-off valves.
  • Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private.
  • Insert any tool, probe or testing device inside electrical panels.
  • Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of main and sub panels
  • Walk on unfloored sections of attics
  • Light pilot flames or ignite or extinguish fires