What is a New Jersey Home Inspection?

New Jersey Home inspection as defined by the N.J.A.C. 13:40-15:

A New Jersey Home Inspection is a functional, visual, and non-invasive inspection which is conducted without the moving of personal property, equipment, furniture, snow, ice, plants, soil, or debris, using mandatory equipment and also including the preparation of a New Jersey home inspection report of all readily-accessible aspects of the following parts of a residential structure: exterior components, electrical system, roofing system, structural components, cooling system, heating system, plumbing system, insulation components, interior components, ventilation system, fireplaces and any solid fuel burning appliance, or any other related aspects of a residential structure deemed by the Board, in agreement with the Committee, by rule, but excluding outbuildings other than carports or garages and facilities of recreation in order to determine the existence of any material defects. Home inspectors are subject to the rules contained in N.J.A.C. 13:40-15. Comments that exceed the state standards are for the clients' information only; they are not considered part of a home inspection.

Material defect is defined as a functional aspect or condition of a system or of a structural component that is readily accessible during the inspection that affects the value, safety, or the habitability of the dwelling in a substantial way, but does not include cosmetic, stylistic, decorative, or aesthetic aspects of the structure, system, or component.

Certain systems and items are EXCLUDED from the New Jersey home inspection. They consist of, but are not solely limited to, the following: Recreational playground facilities, sprinkler systems (fire and lawn), soil and geological conditions, water wells, solar systems, below ground drainage or septic systems, forced air furnace heat exchangers, hard-wired smoke detectors, any wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical systems (including, but not exclusively limited to: security systems, intercoms, computer and audio systems, cable TV), appliances including portable units for air conditioning, wood destroying insects (unless contracted to do so), insects, cantilevers, sewer and water lines, chimney flues, water wells, adequacy of insulation, efficiency of heating and cooling systems, fire suppression systems, water quality, water volumes, pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms, fountains, automatic gates, water softener, radiant heat systems, barbecues, gas leaks, odors, noise, central vacuum, telephone, antennae, lighting arrestors, load controllers, trees, plants, EIFS, and items considered to be cosmetic in nature. Any comments in regards to any excluded systems and items are for informational purposes only and are not an actual element of the inspection. The determination of the absence or presence of pests is excluded from this inspection.

LookSmart Home Inspections performs certified New Jersey home inspections in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties in New Jersey. Our NJ home inspector will travel to other NJ counties if requested. LookSmart Home Inspections is a New Jersey Member of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America, an organization of home inspectors who are committed to providing honest and unbiased home inspections. New Jersey Association of Professional home Inspectors, New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors.