With locations in Hudson County and Union County, HomeSafe Inspections LLC has you covered in northern and central New Jersey. Home buyers and real estate agents appreciate our convenient same-day or next-day availability which provides clients a quality home inspection on their schedule.
A home inspection allows you to find problems with your home and ensures you don’t buy something that will cost more than you think, or cause other headaches down the road. Hiring a home inspector could save you thousands of dollars if you’re planning on purchasing a brand-new home.A home inspection can improve your confidence as a buyer or a real estate agent.
What's Included in Your Home Inspection?
Below is a list of the components included in your HomeSafe Inspection. Click a component for more info!
Structure / Foundation
Your inspection includes the foundation walls, slabs, piers and crawl space structural components. Visible and accessible structural components are evaluated for function and inspected for damage or defects. Your HomeSafe inspector will get in to that crawl space and any other accessible area to provide you the most thorough inspection possible.
Your Home Safe inspection includes the visible components of permanently installed cooling systems. We operating the cooling system (weather permitting) to evaluate condition and function of your central air conditioning system.
Your home inspection includes the visible components of the permanently installed heating system. From an oil fired steam boiler to a high efficiency furnace, your HomeSafe inspector will operate the system (weather permitting) and assess the condition and distribution system.
Your home inspection includes inspection and assessment of the electrical service from the exterior service drop to interior household wiring and devices. Your HomeSafe Inspector will remove the electrical panel covers (when accessible) for a complete inspection and evaluation. We note the presence of GHCI receptacles and smoke detectors and check the operation of all visible and accessible outlets (receptacles), fixtures, and switches.
Complete inspection of the plumbing system includes the water supply system, the drain, waste & vent system (DWV), and all visible and accessible interior and exterior plumbing fixtures and appliances. From the basement to the roof and back to the basement again, your HomeSafe inspector triple checks your plumbing system.
Interior & Insulation
Your home inspection includes a visual inspection of all walls, ceilings, floors, stairwells, and attic areas for any damaged and/or leaks. We operate all available doors and windows to determine condition and assess the insulation and ventilation in the home.
Exterior inspection includes the visible siding, trim, and flashings at the home and the garage. Your HomeSafe inspector will also evaluate how well the roof and exterior systems are working in concert to keep the interior dry and your home safe and healthy. All exterior doors and windows are inspected and operated. The garage, porches, decks, patios, stairs, and railings are inspected and evaluated.
Radon Measurement Testing
Radon is a radioactive gas found in homes in all 50 states which results in 15,000 to 22,000 deaths per year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon enters a home via openings at the ground such as cracks in the foundation and sump pits. Radon is found at varying levels in homes throughout New Jersey and it may be a problem in your home.
The Dangers of Radon
Naturally occurring from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock, radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless, and can only be detected by specialized tests. Radon and radon decay products release radioactive energy which damage lung tissue. The higher the level of radon and the longer the exposure period, the greater your risk of developing lung cancer. Lung damage caused by living in a home with a radon exposure level of 10pCi/L is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. The DEP and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both recommend mitigation if a home test results indicate radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L of radon or more.
Fortunately, testing the level of radon exposure in your home is simple, quick, and affordable. The health and safety of your family is our priority, which is why HomeSafe Inspections partners with the laboratories at RTCA and AccuStar to provide trusted radon measurement lab results in the shortest time possible.
Subterranean termites, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees are a few of the insects your HomeSafe inspector will be looking for during the termite / Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection of your home. All of these insects can cause significant damage to a home. Your HomeSafe inspector looks for signs of current and past damage, active insect activity, mud tubes, boring holes, and evidence of past exterminator treatments as part of your termite/WDI inspection. Your report will also include recommendations for best practices to keep your home free from future termite damage.
Sewer Scope Inspections
A sewer scope is an inspection of the lateral sewer lines from the house at or close to the foundation to the city sewer, HOA tap, and/or the septic tank. Sewer scoping can help homeowners and homebuyers identify potential problems with their sewer systems. Save yourself thousands of dollars by getting a sewer scope before buying a house!
Aerial Drone Inspections
Roof Inspections are pretty straightforward, except when they are not. Hazards and the inability to access using a ladder may prevent other inspectors from being able to inspect the property roof. Hiring an inspector who cannot fully inspect the roof could cost you thousands!
Our inspectors are FAA-licensed pilots and use drones to safely offer a birds-eye-view of the roof and potential defects.
While mold has little or no effect for some people, others (including those with sensitivities) can experience a number of health problems. Exposure to mold spores can cause symptoms like runny noses, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and rashes. If somebody is asthmatic or allergic to mold, their reaction can be even more intense. Even if you or your family aren’t at risk for the mold’s health problems, it’s always a good idea to identify and remediate it before it spread.
Oil Tank Sweeps
Thousands of homes across the state are vulnerable to leaking underground storage tanks. These tanks contain hazardous materials like gasoline and petroleum products that pose serious health risks to people living nearby. If left unattended, these tanks can leak into the soil and contaminate local water supplies, causing potential long-term environmental problems.
Lead Paint Testing
Today, we know that lead is a highly-toxic material. It can cause developmental issues in kids, fertility problems, kidney dysfunction, heart disease, and many other health problems. Before that information came to light, it was widely used for things like piping, solder, and paint.
It’s estimated that, by the time it was banned in 1978, lead paint had been used in 37 million homes and apartments in the US. The only way to make sure your home is free of this dangerous substance is to have your paint tested. Without lead paint testing, you and your family could be at risk of lead exposure and its associated health effects.
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