Cherry Hill is a great town in New Jersey with history, various attractions, quality restaurants, incredible shopping and top-rated schools. All this and more make Cherry Hill a much sought after town for homebuyers. As a South Jersey home inspector since 1989, it's been my privilege to inspect many of the Cherry Hill homes that have been bought and sold over the last twenty years.
In the past I have been asked by homebuyers what they should expect in regards to the quality, condition and variety of homes in Cherry Hill. My answer is always the same: "Expect everything".
The homes in Cherry Hill range from fairly recent construction to the occasional old farm house in excess of 100 years old. There are plentiful condominiums and abundant mansions. In short there is a home for everyone.
The most typical Cherry Hill home is a 40 to 50 year old split-level, two-story or ranch. The quality of construction will vary from home to home and from development to development. Cherry Hill homes have benefitted from a number of experienced and good quality builders. One of my favorite builders is Bob Scarborough, who built many homes in Cherry Hill including the popular Barclay Farms development.
The Scarborough homes that I have performed inspections on have generally held together well and I consider them to be good quality. Roofs and furnaces do not last forever in any home, although when a home shifts or sags after construction that can often be attributed to a less than careful builder.
One of the features frequently found in an older Scarborough home is a catwalk along the center of the attic. As a home inspector, this is greatly appreciated and is also beneficial to the homeowner. Further, the crawl spaces in a Scarborough home are sufficiently adequate in height to allow navigation which is another highly valued feature.
There were and are other good home builders in Cherry Hill. Nonetheless, the overall quality of construction and quality of materials sometimes utilized has declined in recent years. For example, the use of lesser quality exterior wood trim is widespread and is vulnerable to rot (water damage). Furthermore, the waterproofing detail of basements (or lack thereof) can fail on the concrete block foundation of homes only a few years old resulting in basement water entry and costly repairs.
As a home inspector, I am also aware of other factors that have influenced the construction of older Cherry Hill homes. For instance, the energy shortage in the early seventies resulted in the use of aluminum electrical wiring in homes instead of copper wiring. Due to a higher probability of a fire, this practice continued for just a few years. Nevertheless, aluminum wiring is still present in Cherry Hill homes today.
The general condition of any home will mainly always come down to homeowner maintenance. Most homes are not well-maintained with maintenance being more reactive than proactive. Naturally a well-maintained home is more desirable and likely to fetch a higher selling price.
Everything in a home is fixable. Nevertheless, if a home's well-kept condition truly warrants a more expensive price tag than it is the real bargain over the cheaper, neglected home with hidden surprises.
Glen Fisher email@example.com