Why You Should Have Your Home Inspected by a Professional
The purchase of a home is an emotional experience and it may not be easy to be objective about it. Even if you are very familiar with construction, electrical, plumbing and other trades, it is not likely that you will be objective about the condition of the home. You will see the beautiful back yard, or the beamed ceiling in the living room, or be thrilled to have a wood burning fireplace, but you may not notice antiquated and hazardous electrical wiring, water and drain pipes that are at the end of their service life, structural defects or termite infestation, or any of the hundreds of different types of problems found in homes that we inspect.
Homes can be dangerous. When a home inspection is done by Meyers Home Inspections our first concern is disclosing potential safety hazards, and then the condition of the structure, electrical, plumbing, roof etc. Did you know that most decks and stairs that we inspect have safety issues? Did you know that many of the older homes we inspect have electrical hazards created by modifications or additions done by unqualified persons? Did you know that many older homes have furnaces that are so old that it is possible that they can be lethal? Did you know that chimneys, especially in older homes, may have internal defects that can result in fires or carbon monoxide poisoning? We look for and advise you about all of these potential safety hazards and more when we do a home inspection.
You should shop for a home inspector the same way you would choose any other professional that you will be trusting with your welfare. Just as in any profession, prices range from too low to be trusted, to unreasonably high. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Do not be fooled into thinking that the best value is the lowest price for a home inspection. Saving a small amount of money by going with the lowest price may result in much higher costs to you after you move in to the home. We are ASHI Certified Inspectors, Licensed by the state of NJ, and provide a professional inspection service. We are also Engineers, which brings a higher credential to the inspection. And don't forget that the 25+ years of experience inspecting homes gives us great insight into the condition of the home.
You need an objective home inspection report done by a professional. If the home inspection report discloses material defects in the home that you were not aware of when you made the initial purchase offer, then you may be able to negotiate the price of the home downward to allow for repairs or replacements. If the furnace needs to be replaced it would cost about $3500.00, If the roof needs replacement it may cost $6000.00. Compare these costs that you may partly or completely recover in the negotiation process with the cost of the home inspection, and you will realize that a home inspection may save you a lot of money.
What to Look for in Home Inspector Credentials
Experience doing home inspections. We have been in business since 1984 and have done thousands of home inspections in NJ.
Be a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). We are all ASHI Certified Home Inspectors. The American Society of Home Inspectors ( ASHI) has strict professional and ethical requirements which protect the home buyer's interests. Other home inspector organizations have more lenient requirements and may be simply "vanity "organizations for inspectors who do not meet the requirements of ASHI.
Be insured for errors and omissions. Insurance is a requirement of most states that have license requirements. Lack of insurance may mean that the home inspector has a bad record and can no longer obtain coverage. We are fully insured.
Realistic prices for professional services are a hallmark of professionals. It is usually true that you get what you pay for. Home inspectors that charge fees that appear to be bargain prices may be doing this because they are inexperienced or unqualified and must charge less than the competition to get any business at all.
Home inspectors whose business depends on and comes mostly from prior satisfied clients. Over the many years that we have been in business our reputation for doing careful and professional home inspections has gained us thousands of satisfied clients who continue to provide us with referrals. We are not dependent on real estate sales agents for our business and will always provide an unbiased report of the true condition of the home that we inspect.
Fully licensed, Insured & Bonded More than 25 years experience inspecting homes & buildings in New Jersey
Call 973-701-1097 to schedule your Home Inspection