Just like buying a home, getting a home inspection isn’t something that people do very often, so the process can be confusing. 

When you have finally found the perfect home for you and your family, it is important to get a home inspection before completing the purchase process. This is because a home inspection is a tool for determining the condition of the home, and if it will be a good investment. 

Here is what you can expect from your home inspection with Dobbins Home Inspections, LLC

ON INSPECTION DAY

Home inspections typically last around 2 to 3 hours long. However, depending on the home that is being inspected this can be longer or shorter. 

The cost of a home inspection in New Jersey is about $350-$500 on average, but again this is dependent on each individual home. 

FACTORS THAT DETERMINE COST & TIME:

  • Age of the home 
  • Systems within the home 
  • Square footage 
  • The distance the inspector has to drive 
  • Additional services 

Many home inspection companies provide additional services for an added cost to the base price of an inspection. These include radon testing, mold testing, infrared imaging, and more. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A HOME INSPECTION?

Each home has basic components that it was built with that allow it to function properly. Therefore, inspectors have a list of things that are found in every home that they always inspect. 

There are also various things that are in some homes, but not all of them, so this list will have more items depending on the property itself. 

HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST:

  • Physical structure
  • Mechanical systems 
  • Electrical systems 
  • Roof
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • The functionality of major appliances
  • Heating and air-conditioning system (HVAC)
  • Plumbing 
  • Electrical systems 
  • The attic and the basement if applicable 

FINAL STEPS

Once your inspection has been completed, you will receive a home inspection report detailing all of the findings from the walkthrough. 

You can use this report to determine if the defects found are minimal enough to proceed with the purchase of the home, or if you want to move on to another property. Reports can also be used to negotiate lower purchase prices with the seller. 

If you are looking to purchase a home in New Jersey, you’ll be ready for your home inspection once the time comes! 

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