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What is a Home Inspection, why do you need one and when is it done?
A home Inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a house from foundation to the roof, inside and outside.
Buying a home may be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises, you will want to learn as much as you can about the house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify major defects that require repair as well as safety concerns. The home inspector will also advise on maintenance tips to keep the home in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
That depends on where the house is located.
In New Jersey home inspections are generally done after the contract is signed. Make sure the contract contains an "inspection clause" making your final obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection.
In New York the home buying contracts typically do not have inspection clauses. Home inspections are therefore performed before a contract is signed but after an agreement is made on the price of the property.

What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

What are your Standards of Practice?
We are licensed as Professional Home Inspectors by the State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; License No. 24GI001207. We are licensed as Radon Measurement Technicians by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; License No. MET13101. We conduct our inspections and prepare our reports in accordance with the Laws and Standards of Practice governing Home Inspection in New Jersey as detailed in N.J.A.C. 13:40, 1-15.19. These may be found at: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/hiac/hi_rules.htm As members of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, (NACHI), we follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics set by NACHI. You may view the NACHI Standards of Practice at http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

Certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors NY Home Inspector License # 16000065622
NJ Home Inspector License # 24GI001207
NJ Radon License # MET13101

Shabsi Goldman, Licensed Home Inspector

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