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Before the Inspection
Utilities must be on!  All water, gas and electric service must be available to the Inspector in order to perform a proper inspection.  This includes - water valves must be open, pilot lights must be lit, electrical circuit breakers must be switched on, etc.  NJ statutes prohibit the Inspector from starting any non-functional utility.  If one or more utility is not on, a full inspection will not be possible.
The Inspector must have adequate access to the following, including but not limited to - all components of the heating and air conditioning systems (both interior and exterior), water heater, electrical panel, crawlspaces, basement and attic.  Reasonable access should also be made available to inspect other appliances, fireplaces, windows, internal plumbing and electrical receptacles.  NJ statutes prohibit the Inspector from moving items, including furniture, during the inspection.  Just remember, the better the access, the more thorough the inspection.  
For the safety of the Inspector, as well as anyone else who may be present during the Inspection, please secure all pets.
If a Radon Measurement Test will be conducted, all windows must be closed for a minimum of 12 hours prior to the testing.  Doors should also be closed except for normal entry and exit.      
During the Inspection
Be prepared!  This is not a 20 minute inspection.  The Inspector will be at your home for several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the property.  Attention to detail is what separates the average inspector from the Your Private Eye Inspector.  You may attend the inspection, but are not required to do so.  
The Inspector will examine the conditions of the following ACCESSIBLE components -
  • grading and landscaping of the property
  • driveway, garage doors, porches and any permanently attached decks
  • foundation from both the exterior and the interior, including any basements and/or crawlspaces
  • roofing system, including type of roof, flashings and roof penetrations such as chimneys, vents, skylights, etc., and interior sheathing and framing
  • gutter system and overall drainage
  • siding and/or exterior finishes
  • attic including insulation, ventilation, basic presence of vermin
  • window conditions and functionality from both the exterior and the interior
  •  interior walls, ceilings and floors
  • fireplaces
  • electrical system including service entry, service panel, any exposed wiring and electrical receptacles
  • plumbing system including the location of the main shutoff, testing of fixtures and drains, installed sump pumps and water heater
  • heating system including all components and thermostat
  • cooling system including all exterior and interior components
This list is by no means, exhaustive.  It is more of a framework as to what you should expect during the inspection.  Every inspection is unique, and your Inspector will tailor your inspection accordingly. 
After the Inspection
Within 2 business days, you will receive a comprehensive report detailing each aspect of the inspection.  The report will be delivered via email (or a physical copy through the mail, for a fee of $39).  You can expect the report to contain both text and photographs illustrating what was inspected, how it was inspected and the results of the inspection.  Deficiencies will be noted, along with whether or not action is required.  Remember, no home is perfect, but your report will identify areas of concern and allow you to make an educated and informed decision.  
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