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Residential Inspections

Home Inspections and Home Inspectors are governed by the rules in the New Jersey Administrative Code contained at N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.  Our inspections comply with these rules. Licensed inspectors who do not comply with these rules can be subject to discipline. You should note that until December 30, 2005, not all home inspectors in New Jersey are licensed inspectors. Unlicensed inspectors may not have appropriate education, training and insurance, and they may not follow appropriate Standards of Practice.

In addition to the state Standards, our General Home Inspections are based on the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). All of our inspections meet or exceed those standards. Copies of the standard are available directly from ASHI, or contact us and we'll be happy to send you one.

Our inspectors are degreed architects, licensed professional engineers and certified members of ASHI. These credentials are earned through years of training and experience, which assures you that you will receive the best information available about your new home. As is the case with all of our inspection services, Almost Home will never offer to repair any defects identified during our inspections. This avoids any potential conflicts of interest that may occur with contractors performing inspections as a means of generating business.

The general home inspection is a top-to-bottom review of the home's basic workings. It includes reviews of the condition of the roof, walls, floors, doors & windows, interior and exterior finishes, foundations & framing, and the heating, plumbing and electrical systems. A typical inspection lasts 2-3 hours, and we do encourage you to attend the inspection. When you attend the inspection, you have the opportunity to see any potential defects or items of concern, hear the detailed explanation of the issue, and ask any questions that you may have concerning the house.

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We deliver easy to read, computer generated reports for all of our inspections. Our reports use both a checklist and narrative format to include all the relevant information while making the most important information easy to find. Our reports are available the next business day, and we will be happy to send complementary copies to your attorney if your are interested. State law prohibits us from divulging the information in the report to any other parties unless you authorize us to do so in writing.

Key Benefits

A thorough, professional home inspection can give you important information about your new home
Potentially expensive repairs can often be determined prior to your taking possession of the property
You also receive important operating and maintenance tips specific to your home

Home Inspection Services

  • General Inspections
    A full inspection meeting or exceeding both the New Jersey and the ASHI standards listed above.
  • Specific item consultations
    A professional opinion on the condition of one or more components of a home, either for prepurchase, insurance, or just for information. Often used to help evaluate contractor's bids for repairs, additions, alterations, etc.
  • Pre-Sale Inspections
    A full home inspection, as above, but performed for a home seller prior to listing the home. This service can help in determining what items need repairs prior to selling, and can help in properly pricing and marketing a house. Talk with your Realtor about the value of a pre-sale inspection.
  • Maintenance Inspections
    Periodic inspections of the house and equipment for homeowners who are not completely home-savvy, or for those who just want the extra peace of mind of having the overall condition of their home evaluated periodically. These inspections are valuable in detecting potentially expensive repairs early, before they become serious.
  • Historic Homes
    We specialize in inspecting historic houses and structures. If your are the owner or buyer of a historic home (or one that's just plain OLD), it is important to have an inspector who both appreciates and understands the technologies and techniques available to the craftspeople and artisans of yesteryear. We can also provide guidance on restoration techniques and help in locating (and managing) skilled contractors when necessary.

References for some of our recent projects can be provided upon request.

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Almost Home Biography
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Our President, Peter Engle, was recently honored by the American Society of Home Inspectors, which presented him with the John E. Cox Member of the Year award.  Congratulations!
Here are links to some of our publications that we have access to online.
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