Home Inspection Q&A -Meyers Home Inspections

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What is a Home Inspection?  A home Inspection is primarily a visual, non-destructive, inspection with limited probing where allowed, with operational tests of systems using normal controls. The home inspection reports on the
condition of the home as found on the date of inspection, and makes recommendations to repair, replace, monitor a system if marginal, or recommends further evaluation of a system if this is needed to determine the true condition. A home inspection should not be considered to be an insurance policy against future damages or damaged from concealed or latent conditions
that may be present when the home was inspected. There may be conditions that are not identifiable at the time of the inspection because they do not
immediately show themselves as problems, but instead progressively deteriorate and require repair or replacement at a future time.  For example, a
basement filled with stored items can hide defects in the foundation wall framing. Re-modeling or building an addition onto the home can expose hidden termite damage when walls are opened. A home inspection is not a guarantee against the possibility that repairs may be needed to the home. You should expect the need for maintenance, and repairs, because no inspection can totally eliminate all risks, and all homes need regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.


Who Will Do the Home Inspection?  Your home inspection will be done by a licensed home inspector who also has engineering training. State regulations actually do not require home inspectors to be engineers, and only a few of the
hundreds of home inspectors in NJ are engineers. If you choose Meyers Home Inspections, you can be sure that the inspection will be done by either Dan Meyers, or Ron Meyers, both of whom are degreed engineers as well as being
licensed home inspectors with many years of experience.

Should I Be Present at the Home Inspection?  Yes , you should be there if at all possible. We consider the home inspection to be an educational experience.
Your home inspector will be pleased to answer any questions you may have when you accompany him on the inspection. Our report will cover all aspects of the home that are part of the home inspection, and will provide a description of
the system or part of the home, its current condition, and recommendations for maintenance, repair, or replacement if needed.  

How Long Will The Home Inspection Take?   The average home inspection usually requires about two to three hours, but we do not time limit it. For larger homes our inspection is often done by two inspectors simultaneously to make the home inspection process more efficient.

Sample Report Our home inspection reports have been called "the best we have ever seen" by numerous clients, attorneys and real estate professionals. We provide a detailed narrative style
written report that is custom written for your property.  The report includes digital color photos of your home and the home systems.  If you have a question about anything that is in our report you can call the inspector directly to get the
answer.  To see an actual home inspection report simply click on the highlighted heading of this section.

What About Instant Check List Type of Reports? We do NOT provide a "check list" type of report, as we feel that a "check list" report  can not provide adequate detail or accuracy as compared to the narrative report that we custom
prepare in our office.  We will be happy to answer questions during the inspection, but will not provide an "instant" computer generated type of report.  
Our considerable experience doing home inspections for many years has convinced us that "instant" type reports provided by some other home inspectors are likely to be inaccurate or incomplete since they are not proof read before delivery.

When Will The Written Report be Ready? Reports are usually ready two to three business days after the inspection, and are normally emailed to you to save mail delivery time.  Reports can also be faxed or "snail mailed" if you wish.

Is a Home Inspection Agreement required??  Yes, by law it is. No later than one business day after making your inspection appointment, we will send your inspection agreement for you to read and sign. Our preferred method of sending
this agreement is by EMAIL or FAX. This document protects you by detailing the services you agree to have performed and clarifying how they are to be conducted. Our inspection agreement protects you by fully disclosing our
services and limitations. In accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:40-15, a NJ Licensed Home Inspector must have a signed inspection agreement before he can conduct an inspection. So you must bring your signed agreement to your inspection or send it to our office prior to the inspection. A FAXED signed
agreement is acceptable to us. Either way, it must be reviewed, approved, and signed, or our licensed inspectors cannot perform your inspection services. We suggest you review any statement and authorization you are asked to sign from an inspection company so you have an understanding of the work to be completed on your behalf by the company you have chosen.  To see our agreement simply click on the heading of this section that is highlighted.

 

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