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Higher Standard Home Inspections remove the uncertainty from your real estate transaction. 

A Higher Standard Home Inspection is a limited non-invasive examination of the condition of a property, often requested by either a buyer who is under contract or a seller looking to prepare their house for sale. An inspection covers the following house systems and components;  Structure, Electrical, Plumbing, Roof, Heating, Air Conditioning, Interior, Exterior, Insulation, Ventilation, Fireplaces, and Solid fuel burning appliances.

Our home inspections are performed in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the  Standards of Practice of N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.16, as well as the International Standards of Practice for Performing Home Inspections.  This includes the inspection of the following list of systems and their visually accessible components.

STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

  • Foundation
  • Floor Structure
  • Wall Structure
  • Ceiling Structure
  • Roof Structure

 

ROOF SYSTEM

  • The Roof Covering
  • Drainage System
  • Flashing
  • Skylights
  • Chimneys
  • Roof Penetrations

ELECTRICAL

  • The service drop
  • Service entrance conductors, cables, and raceway
  • Service equipment and main disconnects
  • service grounding
  • Interior components of service panel and sub panels
  • the conductors 
  • over current protection devices 

Describe:

  • Amperage and voltage rating of the service
  • Location of main disconnect
  • Location of sub panels
  • Wiring methods

Report on:

  • The presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring

 

PLUMBING SYSTEM

  • Water supply
  • Location of main water shut-off valve
  • Distribution systems
  • All fixtures and faucets
  • Drains, waste, and vent systems
  • Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping
  • Water heating equipment and energy source
  • Location of main fuel shut-off valves
  • The vent systems, flues, and chimneys
  • Fuel storage and fuel distribution systems

 HEATING SYSTEM

  • Installed heating equipment
  • The vent system, flues, and chimneys

Describe:

  • The energy source
  • The heating method by its distinguishing characteristics

 

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM 

  • The installed central and through-wall cooling equipment

Describe:

  • The energy source
  • The cooling method by its distinguishing characteristics

 

EXTERIOR 

  • The exterior wall coverings, flashing, and trim
  • All exterior doors
  • Attached decks and balconies
  • Stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia's where accessible
  • Vegetation
  • Grading and surface drainage
  • Retaining walls on the property (only if these are likely to adversely effect the building)
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Driveways leading to the dwelling entrance

 

INTERIOR 

  • Walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Steps, stairways, and railings
  • Counter tops and the number of installed cabinets
  • A representative number of doors
  • A representative number of windows
  • Garage doors and garage door operators

 

INSULATION AND VENTILATION

 

  • Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces
  • The ventilation of attic and foundation areas
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
  • The absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces

FIREPLACES AND SOLID FUEL BURNING APPLIANCES 

  • The fireplace and solid fuel burning appliances
  • The vent systems, flues, and chimneys