I just purchased a house in Jersey City and almost 3 months later, an inspector required to perform an inspection of my house. Here are my questions:

Asked by Tricia, Jersey City, NJ Wed Jun 16, 2010

1. Will the department random checking new purchase houses or they won't unless someone filed a complaint? 2. Is it obgligated to let them inspect my house? 3. Let's say I don't have anything done violate the codes but plan to have some constructions in the future, what should I do? 4. What are the pros and cons of letting them inspect my house in this case? I am very frustrated and just wanted to cry. Not sure why I got myself into this! Any opinion or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

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Mary Petti, Agent, Edison, NJ
Thu Jun 17, 2010
Just read another reply since you posted this question in two different olaces on Trulia.

...My info on obtaining permits for work answered your question #3 and is still valid, BUT if it's just the tax assessor, yes you have to let them in to inspect it too.
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Mary Petti, Agent, Edison, NJ
Thu Jun 17, 2010

Your question is a bit unclear, but I am assuming you are doing some work/renovations on the property.

Usually ANY construction/renovation that requires wall removal, change/addition or moving of electric & plumbing, framing (yes framing of a new wall), venting, new windows, new roof, new water heaters/AC/furnaces etc...requires permits from the town/city. This is done to make sure all work is to code to protect not only you, but your neighbors as well.

If you are using a contractor to do the work, they are usually reponsible to obtain the permits needed.

If you are doing the work yourself, get to the town/city ASAP and find out what needs a permit, and what they need from you to apply for the permits.

Permits also protects YOU when you go to sell the place. Work done without formal approvals makes it ugly at best, and sometimes downright impossible to sell without YOU doing the necessary remediation to get the stuff up to code (translation $$$)

So, to answer
#1: if you are currently working on the house, and didn't file for a permit... if the town finds out about it, they will inspect it (could ne a neighbor, could be they just were driving around and saw the work being done).

#2 If you are doing work (with or without permits), yes you have to let them in to inspect, often all along the process.

#3 I think I answered that in the paragraph above

#4 Also answered in the above paragraphs.
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Kenneth Jord…, Agent, NJ,
Wed Jun 16, 2010
Hi Tricia, not sure to the extent of your situation, but if your currently in the process of renovations, then it is possible a neighbor called the inspector. If thats the case then the inspector will issue a stop work order untill the proper permits are filed and posted. I hope this was helpfull.

Kenneth Jordon
Liberty Realty LLC
Web Reference:  http://www.libertyrealty.com
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