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The following Q & A discussion addresses the home inspection process in New Jersey

Home Inspections in New Jersey: Q & A

Buying a home in New Jersey affords the consumer various protections and assurances. Realtors often advise buyers to get a home inspection accomplished on the prospective property.

Should I get my home inspected?

Yes you should. In New Jersey the standard real estate contract provides you certain rights concerning your impending sale. One requires the seller to correct any material defect found by a licensed home inspector during the inspection contingency period. If the defect is not corrected, usually by repair or replacement, you have contractual relief. This is powerful protection for you. No home, even a new one, is perfectly built.

What is considered a material defect?

“Material defect” means a condition, or functional aspect, of a structural component or system that is readily ascertainable during a home inspection that substantially affects the value, habitability or safety of the dwelling, but does not include decorative, stylistic, cosmetic, or aesthetic aspects of the system, structure or component.-N.J.A.

Who is allowed to inspect my home?

Inspectors in New Jersey are regulated by the Home Inspectors Advisory Board. Licensing requires formal education from an authorized provider, passing a national certification exam, and mentored home inspection experience. All inspectors are required to carry Errors and Omissions insurance and complete continuing education requirements to keep their license current.

What is inspected?

Standard inspections in New Jersey should be completed according in accordance with the regulations that govern home inspectors. Found at this link:

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-40-Subchapter-15-Home-Inspection-Advisory-Committee.pdf

You are well advised to review this regulation to understand what you should expect and, of equal importance what not to expect from a regulated home inspection. We will cover specifics in later articles.

John Bittner

Bittner Property Inspections, LLC