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Home Inspection FAQ’s

What is a home inspection and what is included?

A Maywood NJ home inspection, or any home inspection provided by Veriguard is a review of visible systems and components in the home.  Inspections are safety based using normal operating controls that  check for functionality, a determination is made on whether the component is functioning as intended.  In NJ home inspectors are guided by an advisory board and are held to strict standards of practice seen here.  A Veriguard home inspection includes HD pictures and videos, home maintenance book and safety assessment.  Additionally, we offer Radon Gas Testing and Wood Destroying Insect inspections as part of our in-house services

It just snowed, will you be able to complete the home inspection?

Yes, a home inspection can still be completed if it snowed.  There are some limitations to note like the roof for example.  The exterior might not be visible but there may be a leak that under normal conditions would not be visible if there were no moisture at the time of inspection.  The inspector will make every effort to inspect the property at the time of the Maywood NJ home inspection and make notes with regards to conditions and operation of each system.  As the inspector goes through the house every condition is noted and is much like a chapter in a book.  The inspector will then compile all the chapters and tell a store in the form of a report, so even though it may be snowing there are many other chapters to formulate a story about the condition of the home.

Can I follow you at the home inspection?

We recommend every home buyer follow the inspector during the home inspection.  This gives the home buyer time to see visually what the inspector sees first hand during a Maywood NJ Home Inspection.  All items of concern are outlined in the report so it’s important to allow the inspector to go through the house and scan the premises so the report can be thorough and concise.  We also  recommend the home buyer write down questions and concerns in advance so that they be given to the inspector at the beginning of the Maywood NJ home inspection, or at any home inspection. Many of those same questions will be addressed in the report but it is good to know what those questions are at the beginning of the inspection so there are no interruptions during the process.  All the questions can be addressed once the inspector completes the inspection.

When are you available to perform my home inspection?

A maximum of two NJ home inspections are completed each day whether they be a Maywood NJ Home Inspection, or in any area of NJ that we serve. This allows the inspector to be thorough, clear and concise and not be rushed.  First inspections are scheduled usually in the morning to begin approx 8:30-10:00 am.  and afternoon inspections are scheduled to begin approx 1:00-2:30 pm.  for convenience and availability inspections are done 7 days per week.  Please call (201) 790-8736 for more information and availability.

What do you inspect at the house?

The home inspection is an analyses on present and readily available and accessible systems of the house.  The systems are at a minimum, the exterior, roofing, heating and ventilation, interior, electrical, plumbing and structural systems.

Are you licensed and do you carry insurance?

Yes, by New Jersey state law all home inspectors mush carry insurance.

What is the process for obtaining a home inspection?

I recommend you use the rule of 3, always contact at least 3 home inspectors and try to get a feel for their background, understanding and if they will keep your best interests in mind while doing a thorough home inspection.  Once you decide on a date and  inspector, (hopefully it’s Veriguard), I will send you the pre-inspection documents via email.  The documents must read by you and possibly even your attorney should you choose and returned back to me.  On the day of the inspection, I hope you will be present so I can show you the various systems of your house.  The report is then issued approx 24-48 hours after the inspection.

Will you inspect the roof by standing on the roof?

I try and make every attempt to walk on the roof itself but at times the roof slope if too steep making it too dangerous to walk without tie downs.  That is why I carry a 40′ extension pole with camera so I may view up close even the most dangerous roof to determine the function of the roof covering.

Can I follow you at the home inspection?

Yes, I recommend you as the home buyer not only be present but follow the home inspector throughout the house, that is a good way to learn about the inner condition and function of the systems and components.  Your home inspection also comes with a home maintenance manual so you may use as a resource to learn and understand during your first years of living at the house.

How much do you charge?

Our prices are typically based on the total square footage of the house and year built.  On avg, a house inspection costs $350. and that is based on a 1600 sq. ft. house with 2 bathroom and 1 bath.

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Radon Testing FAQ’s

What exactly is radon and how will it affect my family?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is a naturally occurring breakdown from uranium located in soil and rock within the earth’s crust.  It is important to have  radon inspection as a part of any Maywood NJ Home Inspection, or any inspection in NJ. Radon is odorless, tasteless and invisible to the naked eye which can only be measured by using specialized tests and laboratories.  Since rock and soil are all around us, radon is all around us as well but varies in concentration levels due to the atmosphere, pressure and ventilation.  When speaking specifically about a house, radon usually enters through small cracks within the foundation, expansion joints around pips and plumbing pits in the basement.  And, since the house is somewhat air tight especially in the winter it has a tendency to collect in the air within the house.

How can I test for radon?

In New Jersey the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that all homes be tested for radon.  Although there are over the counter tests available, some labs are not certified or ideal.  It is best to have a certified radon technician perform the test to produce accurate results.  Tests are usually performed in one of two ways; short term or long term.  For real estate purchases, the short term test is favored since it takes only 2-7 days and is not invasive to the home.  Short term test are completed by using charcoal canisters, electrets or continuous radon monitors.  All are very reliable.  Long term tests are conducted over the course of 3-12 months and provide an estimate of exposure over time.  Radon can vary with temperature, pressure and ventilation differentials so this test is favored to provide average reading throughout the year.  These testing devices include alpha track detectors or electrets.

What are the specifics when buying or purchasing a home and testing for radon?

In real estate transactions the short term radon test is preferred and ideal .  The level should not be equal or above 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).  In some cases, an escrow account is created in which the seller sets aside funds to have the home tested after the sale or if the house needs to be mitigated the funds can be used appropriately.  If the home buyer is concerned about device tampering then the home buyer can request or speak to the radon testing technician about anti-tampering devices.

How should I interpret the results of my radon test?

Radon is usually  measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L).  It is the number of how much radiation is in a liter of air.  There are times results are given in Working Levels (WL).  If the is the case multiply WL by 200 to get pCi/L.  If you reading is equal to or greater than 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommends you have your home mitigated.  If two of more short term test are conducted take the average.  It is important to not that there is no trylu safe radon level since lung cancer can result from low levels of exposure.  But, the lower the level the risk also decreases.

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Termite & WDI FAQ’s

What is covered in Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

A wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection is a report as a part of a Maywood NJ Home Inspection, or in any area of NJ, which is intended to describe any visible evidence of reportable infestations in or on the structure to be inspected.  Live insect don’t need to be present on or in the structure to report on the structure as infested.  Termite evidence of activity may include mud tubes, shed swarmer wings and excavated wood.  Frass at exit holes in wood or loose frass may be evidence of powderpost beetles.  Carpenter bee activity may leave evidence around fascia boards or deck rails.  In addition the inspector will look for previous treatment for WDI like drill holes in sidewalks, driveways, slabs and sill plates.

The WDI inspection will include the main structure of the house and any attachments like additions, attached porches, decks and attached garages and any detached garages.  Fence post, wood piles and stumps that are located on the property are not considered part of the structure but the inspector may look at this items to determine any evidence of insects.

Will I receive a NPMA-33 form with my home inspection?

Yes, the NPMA-33 form is given with each termite and wood destroying insect inspection.

Can there be hidden damage that the inspector will not see?

Yes, there are many hidden areas within the house that the inspector will not be able to see.  Areas like finished basements, ceilings, and or household items against walls are all concerns.  Even though some areas that might be hidden, there are ways to try and understand what is going on behind the walls which might determine if an infestation/damage is present.

Why inspect the attic rafters and roof portions of the ceiling if the concern is termites? Don't they live in the ground?

The wood destroying insect inspection is completed on the dwelling itself.  Termites, especially subterranean termites are able to travel through organic tubes so that they don’t come in contact with the atmosphere.  Anywhere there is wood present can be a potential food source.

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