This is intended as general information for you to view at the time of reading the report. Please refer to the pre-inspection agreement for specific details regarding the scope of the inspection. The inspector will perform a limited visual inspection of the building and provide client with a written report identifying the defects that were observed and deemed material. Material defect means a condition, or functional aspect, of a structural component or system that is readily ascertainable during a home inspection that substantially affects the value, habitability or safety of the dwelling, but does not include decorative, stylistic, cosmetic, or aesthetic aspects of the system, structure or component. The inspection is limited to the readily accessible and visible systems, equipment and components of the home.
This report is intended only as a general guide to help the client make their own evaluation of the overall condition of the home, and is not intended to reflect the value of the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report expresses the opinions of the inspector, based upon his visual impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection only. The inspection and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive, or to imply that every component was inspected, or that every possible defect was discovered. The inspection should not be considered a guarantee or warranty of any kind. The inspection is performed in compliance with NJ standards of practice, a copy of which was included in your pre-inspection agreement, and is available here: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-40-Subchapter-15-Home-Inspection-Advisory-Committee.pdf
All components designated for inspection in the NJ Standards of Practice are inspected, except as may be noted in the Limitations of Inspection sections within this report. It is recommended that all components noted in the Limitations should be made accessible and inspected prior to proceeding with the Sale/Purchase. We will not inspect anything not readily observable because it is concealed or due to obstructions including (but not limited to) floor coverings, suspended ceiling tiles, insulation, furniture or other personal property, soil, vegetation, water, ice or snow. The following list of exclusions is not exhaustive; we are not required to determine the remaining life or future failure of any component, the causes of any deficiency, methods/costs of corrections, suitability of the property for specialized use, market value, advisability of purchase of the property, the presence of, rodents, insects, rot/decay, fungus, or underground items. We are not required to operate any component that is shut down or is otherwise inoperable, operate valves, light pilot lights, determine the presence of hazardous substances, or enter hazardous areas. We are not required to inspect fences, soil conditions, spas/saunas, pools (and related equipment), outbuildings, sprinklers, private waste disposal systems, telephones, cable television, intercoms, security systems, low voltage lighting, timers, wells, window-unit air conditioners, furnace heat exchangers, and heating/cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage. We are not required to inspect cosmetic items such as paint, wallpaper, carpet, or other finishes on walls, ceilings or floors, and any window treatments (such as blinds or draperies). We are not required to determine non-compliance with manufacturers specifications or applicable regulatory requirements, including (but not limited to) building code compliance.
Inspectors are not required to enter into or onto any area or surface, or perform any procedure or operation which will, in the sole opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or others or damage the property, its systems or components; this includes walking upon the roof surface. The inspector is not required to enter crawlspaces or attics that are not readily accessible nor any area which has less than 24 by 30 of clearance or a permanently installed walkway or which will, in the sole opinion of the inspector, likely to be dangerous, inaccessible, or partially inaccessible to the inspector or other persons, or where entry could possibly cause damage to the property or its systems or components.
The home inspection is NOT a building code-compliance inspection, but a visual inspection for safety and material defects. If you wish to ascertain the degree to which the home complies with any applicable building codes, you should discuss with the municipality. The home may not meet many generally-accepted current building standards. Older homes are inspected within the context of the time period in which they were built, taking into account the generally-accepted building practices of that time period.
The functionality, operations and location of smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors is not part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited life span and should be replaced at recommended intervals. If no smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors are installed you should consider installation of battery operated and/or hardwired smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors in all recommended locations.
All repairs made to the property should be performed by qualified professionals only. Related parts of the repairable components should be inspected by the qualified professional when the repairs are made. We recommend that licensed and insured contractors evaluate and repair any concerns and defects. We recommend that you or your representative carry out a final walk-through inspection immediately before closing to check the condition of the property.