FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY USE 20/20 HOME INSPECTION OF NJ FOR OUR HOME INSPECTION?

The main reason you should hire us as your home inspection company is that you will be hiring professional experts to inspect your home. At the end of the inspection you will know all about the condition of the house and if there are any major repairs. Besides knowledge of the condition of the house, there are also four other reasons that you should hire 20/20 as listed below:

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE – We are a full service New Jersey home inspection company that always has a real person answering the phone. The only time you’ll get a answer machine is after hours. We are a licensed inspection company, NACHI certified and fully insured.
  • FREE CARBON MONOXIDE TEST – With all New Jersey home inspections, the client will receive a complete Carbon Monoxide test on the furnace and hot water heater. This is not just a room test, it’s a test of the equipment using a top of the line Carbon Monoxide analyzer.
  • PROFESSIONAL TERMITE INSPECTOR – All home inspections in New Jersey will have an expert termite inspector inspect who will evaluate the dwelling. New Jersey is abundant with termites and 20/20 Home Inspection provides a professional termite inspection.

HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?

Home inspection prices are determined be the size, age, value, location, the present state of the home. The present state means, is the dwelling presently occupied, boarded up, vacant or is it a foreclosure property. Once we have this information, we can give an exact price for the home inspection.

WHAT WILL BE INSPECTED IN THE HOME INSPECTION?

The following items will be inspected with all our New Jersey home inspections: Attic – Insulation – Ventilation – Roof and F lashings – Gutters – Basement – Crawlspace – Foundation – Grading – Retaining Walls – Siding and Trim – Driveway and Sidewalks – Ceilings – Floors – Walls – Doors and Windows – Chimney – Fireplace – Appliances – Electrical system – Water Heater – Plumbing system – Central Air Conditioning – Heating System.

WHAT ABOUT RADON TESTING?

RADON TESTING – As an added service, 20/20 Home Inspection, can perform a Radon test at the client’s request. Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in the soil. We recommend every house have a radon test conducted to determine the level of radon. If the level of radon is over 4 PCI/L, a radon venting system should be installed for health reasons. Besides being a health hazard, to put in a radon venting system is very expensive, and the buyer should be able to financially negotiate this factor with the seller.

CAN MY FRIEND THAT’S A CONTRACTOR INSPECT MY NEW HOUSE?

To have a friend inspect your potential purchase who is not trained as a home inspector, is probably the biggest mistake a buyer can make when purchasing a home. A contractor friend may be highly skilled but are they not trained or skilled as a home inspector.  A home inspector is trained and experienced in several different professional fields. The professional fields are: structure, foundation, roofing heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, and grading of the land. These are the general categories but there are hundreds of items that come under there categories that are inspected in a good home inspection, but are too numerous to mention in this article. To avoid a financial disaster, many contractors and engineers hire a home inspector to inspect their house when they purchase.

WILL I BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE INSPECTION?

20/20 Home Inspection will not perform a home inspection without the client at the inspection. We have this policy for a few very good reasons: (1) The client will have a better understanding of the condition of the house and feel more comfortable with the decision to purchase. Or if there is a serious repair problem, we want the buyer to view the problem in person. With the client present, the inspector can explain in detail the seriousness of any repair problems. (2) The home inspection is an opportune time for the home inspector to explain to the client the normal maintenance requirements of home ownership. (3) When the client can personally see the understand the serious of a repair he will make better decisions. When the client does not attend the inspection, many times the seriousness of a repair is not really understood because the client is just given a written home inspection report. The last thing 20/20 Home Inspections wants to hear from a client is “I wouldn’t have bought the house if I knew the problem was that serious.”

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE FIND REPAIRS?

The first thing a client should do is sit down with his attorney as soon as possible. Most contracts today only give the buyer 10 days to inspect the house and negotiate any repairs. Your attorney will ask the seller to make the necessary repairs and at this point, one of few things will happen:

  1. The most common result is that the seller will repair some items and not others.
  2. The seller will repair all the items.
  3. The seller says he will repair none of the items that the house is being sold “as is.”

The home inspection is for information only, it doesn’t guarantee the seller will fix anything. However the client/buyer now knows the seriousness of any repairs and whether or not he wants to purchase the house.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES A HOME INSPECTION TAKE?

The average home inspection takes between two and three hours. It all depends on the size, condition, age and style of house. If the house is in poor condition, like many of the vacant or foreclosure homes, the inspection could take longer. Or, if the house is a very large house in the 15 room range, it may require two inspectors to inspect the house. The reason we use two inspectors on large houses is to facilitate the inspection so it can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

HOW MUCH NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION?

We have several inspectors so we can usually schedule an inspection before the realtor can get us into the property. However, if it’s a weekend inspection, it’s best to call a few days in advance.

SHOULD THE SELLER ATTEND THE INSPECTION?

20/20 Home Inspection will not conduct an inspection with the seller being involved in the actual home inspection without the client’s authorization. This is company policy for some very good reasons: The client is paying for the inspection and deserves confidentiality. And, it could be considered a violation of the Privacy Act to give private information to anyone but the client.