Will we use another Home Inspector when/if we buy another house? Most likely, what if we end up with some big repair that a home inspector could have warned us about !
American Home Inspectors
Pam Smith, General Manager
P.O. Box 33
Hawthorn, NJ 07507
Servicing all of New Jersey.
Tadco Inspection Services
P.O. Box 711
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Home Diagnostic Inspection, Inc.
226 Summer Street
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Inspector: George White
All will be happy to discuss their fees and what they inspect. (Please mention my name if you call them.)
Best of luck to you!
Joan Prout, MBA
RE/MAX Villa REALTORS
Jersey City, NJ
Ask yourself whether a competent home inspector would show up without a ladder.
We had a VERY BAD experience with Sergio Angione from Housemasters. He did not inspect VERY Basic things in the house we purchased in Jersey City. It cost us over $35,000 in repairs to fix what this person missed and brought me to tears when I found out what was missed. He missed a leak from the roof which was so evident from the water stains on the second floor ceilings. We ended up replacing the entire roof as it would leak every time it would rain. He refused to go to the roof of the house, he didn't bring a ladder and didn't tell us in advance. He did not turn on or make an effort to test the heating system. We ended up getting new boiler.
He missed water damage to the beams in the finished basement only because there was no light in the area where the damage was (ever heard of a flashlight?). He also missed water leak from the concrete slab in the basement (in the small portion where it was not finished with flooring) because owners had thrown a piece of wood on top of it. All he had to do was move the little piece of plywood and the leak would have been clearly visible.
And now the most aggravating, he didn't test ANY window in the house to make sure that they open and close. For this he didn't even have to get his shirt or pant dirty. But he chose to not do that. We were first time home buyers 4 years ago and didn't know about any of this. He charged us $650 including a radon test.
Anyway, this guy was a total rip-off. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid him like plague.
Below is the info:
Fax: 973-200-1809 http://www.housemaster.com
it is a small can circular like 4 inches by 2 inches, looks to me like it has charcoal or something close... I am not sure exactly, but I am thinking that it is a substance that when opened collects the levels. The basement should be kept closed or as resonably close to closed. The inspector comes back, replaces the cover and mails the canister to the lab for testing results.
I am sure there is an inspector out there that can anbswer this better then I.
Below is a link to ASHI certified Home Inspectors that might help you as well. It will bring you to the home page of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Also, the inspector can answer your question about what homeowners are to do when their home is being tested for radon.
Costs can vary - the range starts at about 300 for the inspection and 90 for the termite cert and 90 for the radon test.
\I have heard of some inspectors that charge $500.00 but I am not sure what they do for that.. (lunch would be nice) Ask your realtor and ask for a few then call and make your decision.
I would highly recommend
Certified Home Inspections
92 North Rd.
Nutley NJ 07110
The inspection fully covers home, termite and radon. He is licensed and insured and is very thorough and have used him on all of my buyer representation deals. Please feel free to contact him directly for price quotes as I do not feel comfortable quoting his rates. Please be sure to tell him I sent you.
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate/Realtor
Prudential NJ Properties
973-239-7700 ext 132