Most Common Home Inspection Findings In New Jersey
Shopping for a home in New Jersey? Getting a pre-listing inspection before selling your property? Either way, getting a home inspection is important!
Home Detective Home Inspections has done countless inspections in New Jersey, and there are a few defects that we find more often than others.
Here are the most common home inspection issues in New Jersey that we have found!
Roofs are not designed to last forever. Most roofs last between 15-40 years. If a roof is not properly maintained, its lifespan can be even shorter.
Usually, minor roofing problems can be repaired – but if the entire roof needs to be replaced, this can be a very expensive fix, so you should renegotiate the sales price of the home.
Ceiling stains may be present due to past leaks, or they may be caused by existing leaks. Either way, they are a cause for concern.
You may want to have the roof or siding near the leak checked to look for any signs of current leaks.
Bathrooms with Improper Ventilation
Bathrooms that do not vent properly will suffer from prolonged moisture buildup. This can result in damage to wood elements, stains on the drywall, and even mold growth.
The best fix is to retrofit the bathroom with a high-quality ventilation fan, which is usually not that expensive.
These can be minor, such as a toilet or sink that won’t stop running, or more serious, like restricted water flow that could indicate a serious leak or blockage. It may be wise to hire a plumbing inspector for a further assessment if your home inspector notices major plumbing issues.
Electrical hazards are more common in older homes built before the 1960s, or homes that have had excessive renovations or DIY renovations. However, newer homes can have issues as well if they were built hastily or by unskilled workers.
From ungrounded outlets to dangerous and outdated circuit breakers or uninsulated wires, there are a lot of electrical issues that your inspector may notice. If you buy the home, you’ll definitely need to hire an electrician to make repairs, which can range from simple to extremely complex and expensive.