What you can do to prepare your NJ Real Estate for an inspection
NJ Real Estate law states that it is a buyer’s responsibility to obtain a home inspection for the home they are purchasing while the seller is only liable to offer disclosures stating he or she is unaware of any latent defects with the property. The purpose of a home inspection is to advise purchasers of the property’s condition. While researching a qualified home inspector it is important to remember that, for the most part, you will get what you pay for. It is foolish to choose an inspector merely on their cost requirements as hiring a licensed, skilled professional will provide a thorough examination of the home occasionally including photos for further detail. The following list is helpful for anyone in preparation for a home inspection:
Be sure the home is clean and presentable as home inspectors are ultimately evaluating you on how well-maintained your home is. A home that is neat will ascertain pride of ownership and make a great first impression.
Punctuality is important as some NJ Real Estate home inspectors can arrive early to start the inspection on the exterior of the property. The typical length of an inspection on the average-sized home (1500-2500 square feet) is approximately 2-4 hours.
In order to ensure everything is covered and all questions and issues are addressed, many times the inspector will ask the buyer to be present during the inspection. Some buyers might feel uncomfortable with sellers being present so it would be a good idea to leave the home until the inspection is done if possible.
During NJ Real Estate inspections, the interior as well as the exterior of the home is fully examined. Most home inspectors begin the process on the home’s exterior, checking the foundation for major cracks or crevices to be noted in their report. Make sure to clear away any potential blockages such as leaves, snow or brush so the inspector has access to this space to perform the inspection.
Home inspectors will need access to each part of the home including basements, attics and garages. Every room should be clear of boxed, stored items and debris and excess dust should be swept or vacuumed away. Also, remember to leave any keys or remotes needed to enter any structures not attached to the home.
In addition to clearing basement and attic entrances, NJ Real Estate home inspectors will also need sufficient space around items such as water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners in order to fully examine each. Pilot lights must also be lit to complete inspection and most home inspectors will not ignite them if they are off as this poses a liability for them.
Part of the NJ Real Estate inspection process requires the full functioning of household appliances such as dishwashers, stoves and washer/dryers. If the home is vacant and utilities such as gas, electric and water are off, they must be turned on in order for the inspector to perform a thorough check of these items.
If there are any recent upgrades or improvements done to the home such as electric or appliance installations, paperwork should be provided informing all parties of this.