Inspections can help you buy or sell your home or building with confidence. As trained professionals we have has seen it all, and we'll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Potential new owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
In both new and older properties, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about their strengths and weaknesses is to have us give you a professional inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. We have extensive experience with historic properties as well as the systems and materials in modern properties. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Whether you are selling your property on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. See Ten Tips For Sellers. Knowledge is power. All properties have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are, which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it used to be some years ago, therefore many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about.
Excerpted From The New York Times (Nov. 2, 2007)
NEW JERSEY is the only state in the country that insures that builders guarantee workmanship and materials in new homes, providing this service largely through the state-sponsored New Home Warranty Security Plan.
The plan, which was adopted in 1977 and is administered by the Bureau of Construction Code Enforcement of the state's Department of Community Affairs, protects homeowners against defects in new homes for 10 years.
Site work, masonry, carpentry, wood, windows and similar components of the home are warranted for the first year of ownership. Electrical, plumbing and heating systems are covered for 2 years, and houses are warranted against major structural defects for 10.
In cases where a builder does not honor the warranty, the plan insures that defects are corrected at no expense to the homeowner.
''While the plan was created to protect buyers of new homes, it is also beneficial to builders because it clearly defines rights and responsibilities of each party,'' said Leonard S. Coleman Jr., Commissioner of the Community Affairs agency, ''It establishes a method for determining the extent of a builder's liability, quality standards for workmanship and an acceptable level of performance.''
Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
4 Seasons Home Inspection is licensed or certified in the following:
Homes may have environmental hazards and should be followed up by qualified (licensed or state certified) contractors that provide environmental inspections, testing and mitigation before closing. The following are brief descriptions of some possible hazards that can exist in a home. Check the EPA website for more information at http://www.epa.gov/ or contact your local or county health department. As per 13:40-15.16(b)13 Standards of practice, environmental hazards are not part of a general home inspection.
- Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.
- Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Termite.
- Asbestos: Asbestos material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard because it can be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease. See Asbestos.
- Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. See Lead.
- Well Water: The Private Well Testing Act, N.J.S.A. 58:12A-26 et seq. (PWTA)
requires that, when property with certain types of drinking water wells is sold or leased, the well water must be tested for contaminants. Both the buyer and seller must review the results of the water testing. See Private Well Testing Act FAQ.
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.