Why have your Townhouse Home Inspected?
The goal of this inspection and report is to put you in a better position to make an informed real estate decision. This report is a general guide and provides you with some objective information to help you make your own evaluation of the overall condition of the home and is not intended to reflect the value of the property or to make any representation as to the advisability of purchase.
We will provide you with a written report, which may include photos and/or recommendations, of our findings of the inspection. With the inspection report in hand, you’ll know what repairs are needed and what should be addressed in the near future. You can then determine how best to proceed. A home inspection is not meant to halt a home sale, but rather to help buyers and sellers reach a fair agreement by providing an impartial evaluation of the home’s condition.
As an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector® and New Jersey State Licensed Home Inspector, I adhere to the strictest Standards of Practice set forth by the State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs which are based on the standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
Condominiums/Townhouses inspection at times are a partial inspection and is performed on only those components that the buyer or homeowner is responsible for. CC&R’s & HOA’s sometimes limit access to inspectors. We will inspect what we have access to. Unlike other inspectors we will contact your Agent/Seller to make sure arrangements have been made for us to access to areas management will allow us to inspect.
Core 360 Home Inspections LLC is a family, locally owned and operated NJ home inspector business. Core 360 Home Inspections LLC is based out of Hudson County servicing your home inspector needs throughout all of New Jersey (NJ).
Our Home Inspector Services: Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Union County in New Jersey.
Townhouse Inspection Process
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The grading, driveway, retaining walls and walkways with respect to their affect on the structure, decks, and stairs, patios, vegetation’s affect on the structure, carport areas, etc.
The condition of the roof covering, visible flashings, roof protrusions (including plumbing stack vents, gas vents, service mast, etc), skylights, chimney, guttering, and downspouts.
The condition of the wall cladding, windows, doors, soffit and fascia.
Range, cooktop, disposal unit, dishwasher, mounted microwave, trash compactor, etc.
The condition and operation of a representative number of doors and windows, fireplaces, stairs, and wall floor and ceiling surfaces.
Including the operation of the garage door, opener, and related
Heating / Cooling
Visual condition of the Condensing unit or AC unit, Furnace or Interior air handling unit, thermostat, filters, ductwork, registers, and operation of the system in heating and cooling modes (weather permitting).
The service entry, reporting of amperage and volts, main and distribution panels, representative number of receptacles, presence and testing of GFCI and AFCI, visible wiring, doorbell, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, ceiling fans, lights, switches, etc.
Shut off valve location and condition, pressure reducing valve, water distribution pipes, drain waste and vent lines, fixtures and faucets, water heater, water pressure, spigots, etc.
Access location and condition, insulation level, ventilation, roof structure and related framing, etc.
Floor structure and related framing, piers, and columns, foundation walls, signs of moisture intrusion, insulation, ventilation, etc.
NJ Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors
E. When conducting the inspection of the structural components, the home inspector shall:
iv. Ceilings; and
i. Foundation construction type and material;
ii. Floor construction type and material;
iii. Wall construction type and material;
iv. Ceiling construction type and material; and
v. Roof construction type and material;
3) Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected unless such probing would damage any finished surface; and
4) Describe in the home inspection report the methods used to inspect under-floor crawl spaces and attics.
F. When conducting the inspection of the exterior components, a home inspector shall:
i. Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar
ii. Exterior doors excluding storm doors or safety glazing;
iii. Windows excluding storm windows and safety glazing;
iv. Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings;
v. Vegetation, grading, drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building, excluding fences, geological and/or soil conditions, sea walls, break-walls, bulkheads and docks, or erosion control and earth stabilization;
vi. Attached or adjacent walkways, patios, and driveways; and
vii. Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; and
2) Describe exterior wall surface type and material.
G. When inspecting the roof of a residential building, the home inspector shall:
i. Roofing surface, excluding antennae and other installed accessories such as solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes;
ii. Roof drainage systems;
iv. Skylights; and
v. Exterior of chimneys;
i. Roof surface;
ii. Roof drainage systems;
iv. Skylights; and
3) Employ reasonable, practicable and safe methods to inspect the roof such as:
i. Walking on the roof;
ii. Observation from a ladder at roof level; or
iii. Visual examination with binoculars from ground level; and
4) Describe the methods used to inspect the roof.
H. When inspecting the plumbing system, a home inspector shall:
i. Interior water supply and distribution systems including functional water flow and functional drainage, excluding wells, well pumps, well water sampling or water storage related equipment, determination of water supply quantity or quality and water conditioning systems and lawn irrigation systems;
ii. All interior fixtures and faucets, excluding shut off valves, wells, well pumps, well water sampling and water storage related equipment;
iii. Drain, waste and vent systems;
iv. Domestic water heating systems, without operating safety valves or automatic safety controls, and excluding solar water heating systems;
v. Combustion vent systems excluding interiors of flues and chimneys;
vi. Fuel distribution systems; and
vii. Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping; and
i. Predominant interior water supply and distribution piping materials;
ii. Predominant drain, waste and vent piping materials; and
iii. Water heating equipment including energy sources.
I. When inspecting the electrical system, a home inspector shall:
i. Service entrance system;
ii. Main disconnects, main panel, and subpanels, including interior components of main panel and subpanels;
iii. Service grounding;
iv. Wiring, without measuring amperage, voltage or impedance, excluding any wiring not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system, such as central vacuum systems, remote control devices, telephone or cable system wiring, intercom systems, security systems and low voltage wiring systems;
v. Over-current protection devices and the compatibility of their ampacity with that of the connected wiring;
vi. At least one of each interior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per room and at least one exterior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per side of house; and vii) Ground fault circuit interrupters; and
i. Amperage and voltage rating of the service;
ii. Location of main disconnect, main panels, and sub-panels;
iii. Type of over-current protection devices;
iv. Predominant type of wiring;
v. Presence of knob and tube branch circuit wiring; and
vi. Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.
J. When inspecting the heating system, a home inspector shall:
i. Installed heating equipment and energy sources, without determining heat supply adequacy or distribution balance, and without operating automatic safety controls or operating heat pumps when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the pumps, and excluding humidifiers, electronic air filters and solar heating systems;
ii. Combustion vent systems and chimneys, excluding interiors of flues or chimneys;
iii. Fuel storage tanks, excluding propane and underground storage tanks; and
iv. Visible and accessible portions of the heat exchanger; and
i. Heating equipment and distribution type; and
ii. Energy sources.
K. When inspecting the cooling system, a home inspector shall:
i. Central cooling system, excluding electronic air filters and excluding determination of cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance and without operating central cooling equipment when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the cooling equipment;
ii. Permanently installed hard-wired, through-wall individual cooling systems; and
iii. Energy sources; and
i. Cooling equipment and distribution type; and
ii. Energy sources.
L. When inspecting the interior of a residential building, a home inspector shall:
i. Walls, ceilings, and floors excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments, carpeting and other non-permanent floor coverings;
ii. Steps, stairways, and railings;
iii. Installed kitchen wall cabinets to determine if secure;
iv. At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room excluding window treatments; and
v. Household appliances limited to:
a) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats;
b) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and
c) Garbage disposer.
M. When inspecting the insulation components and ventilation system of a residential building, the home inspector shall:
i. Insulation in unfinished spaces without disturbing insulation;
ii. Ventilation of attics and crawlspaces; and
iii. Mechanical ventilation systems; and
i. Insulation in unfinished spaces adjacent to heated areas; and
ii. Evidence of inadequate attic and crawlspace ventilation.
N. When inspecting fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, a home inspector shall:
i. Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, without testing draft characteristics, excluding fire screens and doors, seals and gaskets, automatic fuel feed devices, mantles and non-structural fireplace surrounds, combustion make-up air devices, or gravity fed and fan assisted heat distribution systems; and
ii. Chimneys and combustion vents excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; and
i. Type of fireplaces and/or solid fuel burning appliances;
ii. Energy source; and
iii. Visible evidence of improper draft characteristics.
Schedule a Inspection
Contact us for a custom quote for what’s needed for your inspection. Set a time and date for your inspection that works for all parties.
Will send an inspection agreement out to you via email and text to your virtual dashboard. On the dashboard, you can read and sign your agreement, and make a payment. Your dashboard will hold all your documents related to your inspection. Once the home inspection is conducted it will hold all your Inspection Reports. The report is retained for 5yrs as per NJ requirements for your viewing.
We finished your inspection!
Now we will give you a walk thru of what we found during the inspection. We will discuss what each item is that we noted in our report. Explaining what items are maintenance, minor, moderate, major, and any safety issues.
We won’t leave the inspection till you are 100% satisfied and answered all your questions.
Your report is being worked on and delivered on the same day or within 24hrs.
Will follow up with a call to review your report or answer any questions once the report is delivered.
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Townhouse Home Inspection
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Home Inspection F.A.Q
Townhouse Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about a home inspection and home inspectors in New Jersey. If we don’t have an answer here you are specifically looking for please contact us.
Should I go with the lowest quote inspector?
That is a question you have to ask yourself. Even Home Prices for townhouses and small condos go from 300,000 to 2.5 million+. So regardless of a condo, house, townhouse, or multi-family you are making one of the most significant purchases that may have issues or not.
- Would you take that risk with getting the cheapest lawyer?
- Do you want to pay another inspector who is just getting practice being a home inspector on your home inspection?
- Cheap price inspector has no work so takes the lowest fees? (experienced?)
- Or do you want a professional home inspector with years of experience and knowledge like Core 360 Home Inspectors?
Our prices are very competitive for the professional service you will receive, expect, out of a Home Inspector. It is your investment so choose wisely!
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Can your send reports electronically?
Yes, we offer an HTML Version, PDF, PDF download, and sending of your report in PDF format thru email.
Can I do an inspection myself?
No. New Jersey licensing has requirements to conduct a home inspection in New Jersey. Those buying a home will look for reasons to purchase a home they want. Prospective homebuyers cannot look at a home with the unbiased, critical eye of a home inspector. Even home buyers with construction experience don’t have a home inspector’s knowledge and tools. Good inspectors are trained and experienced in finding issues that indicate home problems, sometimes subtle and hard to find. Most have performed numerous inspections and are familiar with problems in certain building materials, area-specific, or styles of homes in your area.
How long is the average inspection?
All inspection times vary dependent on the home’s age, size, issues, and location. Typical times to complete an inspection are Two to four hours depending on the square footage and defects found.
Why should I get a Home Inspection?
Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan.
Should I be present for the inspection?
You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems, and components that may provide useful for the transaction.
When should I call for a home inspection?
You should have the home inspected as soon as possible once you have an accepted offer. Consult your real estate agent about having a clause in the agreement that lets you have an inspection and the right to terminate the agreement if you find the home in unsatisfactory condition. This clause should specify the terms to which both buyers and sellers are obligated.