Frequently Asked Questions
Inspection times vary depending on the size of the home, but as a general rule, you can figure anywhere from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. Some inspections will take longer depending on the size of the home and what is identified during the evaluation.
Technically no, you do not have to be there.
It is however, strongly recommended that you do attend the home inspection. There are many aspects to a home inspection and you may not receive the full benefit of the evaluation or totally understand what is in the written report and why it was included if you aren’t there.
The written home inspection report as a general rule, will be sent out the next business day. Due the nature of Radon Tests, these results usually take about a week.
YES – New Jersey Law requires that all Home Inspectors be licensed and carry insurance.
No, but it’s definitely a good idea to have one.
This gives you the seller, an opportunity to be aware of what will likely come up during the buyer’s home inspection giving you a chance to repair or improve those items beforehand. Knowing ahead of time of any potential issues can help prevent any “surprises” and a possible delay in closing.
Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier.
If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can
Have qualified professionals do the work. There are standards in place for certifying lead-based paint professionals to ensure that the work is done safely, reliably and effectively.
Note: Home test kits for lead are available, but studies suggest that they are not always accurate. Consumers should not rely on these tests before doing renovations or to assure safety.
Oil Storage tanks
Buried storage tanks that contain petroleum and other hazardous chemicals may pose a safety hazard to those living in homes nearby and significant financial liability to the owner.
According to the Groundwater Protection Council, there are currently more than 640,000 buried tanks that store fuels and other hazardous substances. Of these, about 465,000 have leaked, and most have required cleanup, At particular risk are households that use groundwater, which comprise a large part of the total U.S. population, and 99% of families in rural areas.
The liability connected with leaking buried tanks can be huge for the property owner. Testing typically costs around $500 (approximately, this can vary depending on the tests), which is considerably less expensive than the amount of money required to clean up a subterranean oil spill and install a new tank. The test should show that there is no leakage.
If there has been a leak, the situation should be remedied before the property is purchased.
Testing requires one or more of the following technical measures:
Tanks that show leakage must be removed from the ground or filled with a chemically inert solid, such as sand. Groundwater contaminants too must be removed by pumping air through the water, which causes volatile petroleum compounds to vaporize and biodegrade naturally. The process of treating or removing the tank, water and soil, known as remediation, costs thousands of dollars and is not guaranteed to succeed.
Many communities have been forced to find alternative sources of drinking water because of petroleum contamination. To avoid this costly and difficult mess, new installations should be buried far from potable water sources and properly maintained, once the system is in service.
Well Water Systems
If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice?
EPA regulates public water systems; it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells. Approximately 15 percent of Americans rely on their own private drinking water supplies, and these supplies are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments do set rules to protect users of these wells. Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies.