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Client Testimonials

Thank you John, I received the inspection report and I have to say I am very impressed at the thoroughness of it. I just went though the whole report and it was very easy to understand and loved the pictures in the report. I just emailed it to my Atty I am sure I will be discussing issues with him tomorrow. Thanks for explaining everything and for being so patient. You are a true professional.
Sonia A. Buzzelli

I actually researched dozens of inspectors, I contacted John approximately 10:15pm and he answered the questions I had concerning the services he provides. I could not have made a better choice he saved me thousands and helped me�re-negotiate my contract with his findings.
-A. Armstrong, Plainfield, NJ

"I’m extremely satisfied. I genuinely feel I choose the right person for the job. John was pleasant and most importantly informative and knowledgeable"
A. September, Oakland, NJ

"Thanks so much for such an amazing job on the inspection and for such a thorough and detailed report! I have to say - I remember the last home inspection we did about 6 years ago when we bought our last house - and I thought our inspector at the time was really good. Mind you, it was a smaller house, but his report was like 8 pages. Yours is over 40 with pictures and coverage down to the individual outlet, window, etc. So much really valuable detail!"
C. Cerruto, Glen Ridge, NJ

"Thank you for the outstanding service in inspecting our potential home. We really enjoyed meeting you and the time and care you put into inspecting the house. We felt as though you were inspecting your own house.�The report with the pictures was really very valuable and the turn around time was outstanding. We would definitely recommend you to others as well as call you again"
M.C Landing, NJ

"It was a great experience working with John. He has a very sharp eye. Very detailed and thorough inspection. John does not cut corners. After a home inspection with LookSmart you will know exactly what you are buying"
B. Aboulenian, Avenel, NJ�

"Home buying can be a very stressful experience.�Hiring John Martino at Look Smart was probably the easiest part of my home purchase. His fees are affordable and his schedule is very flexible. John is�extremely thorough with his inspection and�the inspection report can be completed�in less then 48 hours. I�was also�impressed by the�quality of his reports containing�photos and summaries of�his findings. I highly recommend LookSmart!!"
Yvett Plaza, Dover, NJ

"The home inspection was very thorough and the inspector (John) was very knowledgeable"
G. Urena, North Bergen, NJ

"Thanks again for coming out to the house twice.�You did a real through and professional�job"
I. Walsh, Flanders, NJ�

"I knew "Dilip cannot be wrong", when he recommended your name. I am extremely satisfied with the details of your work. Now, I am another client of yours, who will be talking about you in our friend circle".
S. Prandhan, Hackettstown, NJ

"I am very happy with the service. I received all that was promised....Very satisfied"
R. Khandelwal, Parsippany, NJ

Knob and tube wire found while performing NJ home inspections.

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections
Knob and tube electrical wiring was common in North America from 1880 to the end of the 1930’s. This type of electrical wire consists of single copper conductor. When the wire had to pass through floor joist or other framing members it was protected by insulating tubes. When the wire was installed along lengths it was run through porcelain knobs. Both the tubs and the knobs were a method of insulating the old wire (dissipate heat). I discover many problems with knob and tube wiring while performing home inspections in New Jersey. Many issues involve homeowners doing their own electrical work and splicing modern wire (Romex) into the existing knob and tube wire. Knob and tube wire can only have its original splicing, any other splicing is considered a hazard. Knob and tube wire is old and can also have mechanical damage not to mention just being dry and aged. In most instances the knob and tube wire is very brittle. Many times the knob and tube wiring has been over extended by adding additional electrical circuits to it. This can overheat the wire and this condition is a very real fire hazard. When I find knob and tube wiring while doing home inspections in Ne

New Jersey pre-sales home inspections

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections
It is common practice to have a New Jersey home inspection when you are considering purchasing a home, it is becoming more and more common for sellers to have a pre-purchase home inspection. In a slow real estate market as we are in now it may be worthwhile for a seller to have a NJ home inspection. One of the main reasons why a real estate transaction does not go through is because of problems discovered on a home inspection. One way to help avoid this is to have a properly performed pre-purchase home inspection. You will know what is wrong with the home before you put it on the market and it gives you time in order to make those corrections that are necessary. One very important caveat to having a pre sales home inspection is that as the homeowner you are required under law to disclose all of the defects that were discovered on the pre-sales home inspection.  One way to use this to your advantage is to make the necessary corrective actions or replacements so the buyer can have confidence that the repairs were performed. Having a pre-sales New Jersey home inspection may help you show the home better after the required r

Electric service size

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

While performing home inspections in New Jersey, I find that many of the older homes have an electric service size that is too small for the size of the home. A home with an electrical service which is too small is not a safety concern but it is a concern of convenience. A small electric service may lead to blowing  fuses or tripping of breakers. Increasing the electrical service size will mean replacing the wire from the street to the home, and probably the main electrical panel in the home. This is easy to accomplish if the wires are overhead but very difficult if the wires are run underground.

Increasing the size of the electrical service will also mean increasing the size of the main panel box. If the rating on the panel box is smaller then the wire entering it a fire and electrical shock hazard will exist. To determine if the existing panel box is properly sized we need to determine the number of high draw electrical appliances installed in the home and determine your future needs. Many homes can operate just fine with a 100amp panel while others will require a much larger service size. This is just one aspect that we will be looking at when we perform your New Jer

Slab on grade

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Slab on grade construction poses many challenges for the New Jersey home inspector. Slab construction is a poured floor that is on the grade level. There is no basement or space under the slab. The slab is roughly six inches thick resting on a gravel bed. There are three types of slab construction monolithic is a slab and foundation all in one. A supported slab is independent of the foundation because it is not poured with the foundation. A floating slab is completely independent of the foundation. While performing home inspection in New Jersey I come across many slab on grade homes. The challenge is that the interior of the home is completely finished so I can only view what is visible. With a basement or crawl space construction I can inspect the lower structure with slab on grade that is impossible. Our NJ home inspection will be of the visible and accessible components and systems only. Sometimes termite damage can go undetected because the damage is hidden by finishes. If there are plumbing pipes under the slab leaks can often go undetected. If a radiant heating system exists it will be  chllenging to repair. Slab on grade construction presents some unique challenges pleas

Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore