WHAT TO EXPECT

EPI strongly advises that you attend the inspection. A home inspection should be an education for you and teach you about all of the systems and components in and around the home. EPI recommends that you follow the home inspector closely and ask any questions so you feel comfortable with the home and everything about it.

 

As a licensed and fully insured home inspector in New Jersey, EPI will provide:

  • A professional detailed inspection report featuring digital photos of defects and overall views of areas of the home

  • Identification of problems that may need to be negotiated with the seller prior to purchase

  • Assistance in estimating time, scale and scope of professional repairs

  • Use of a FLIR E6 infrared camera to detect thermal anomalies 

  • Confidence in your final decision to purchase the property

STRUCTURAL ITEMS
  • Foundation walls

  • Beams/Girders, joists/trusses and sill plates

  • Roof trusses, rafters and sheathing/decking

ELECTRICAL ITEMS
  • Accessible outlets, switches and attached fixtures (lights and ceiling fans)

  • Service entrance wires

  • Main panel box and wiring – Sub box panel if present

INTERIOR ITEMS AND APPLIANCES
  • Floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors.

  • Attic insulation and ventilation.

  • Heating system

  • AC system (weather permitting)

  • All installed kitchen and laundry appliances that are staying at the house

EXTERIOR ITEMS
  • Deck and balcony

  • Attached porches, patios and steps

  • Siding, trim, fascia and soffits

  • Driveway and walkway

  • Grading/surface drainage

  • Flashings

  • Gutters and downspouts

  • Evidence of leaks

  • Roof covering*

 

*EPI believes the proper way to inspect a roof is to walk on it and we will do so whenever possible. Evaluating a roof from the ground is not acceptable. As long as our 32 foot ladder reaches the roof and the surface is safe to walk on, it will be walked on during the inspection. Otherwise EPI will use a professional drone to evaluate.

PLUMBING ITEMS
  • Evidence of leaks

  • Proper flow and drainage at all fixtures

  • Fixtures and faucets

  • Supply and drain piping

  • Water heater

COMBUSTIBLE GAS LINE
LEAK DETECTION

We use an Inficon combustible gas leak detector. The tool is designed to detect natural gas, propane, butane, ethane, ethanol, isobutane and ammonia that may be leaking from the gas lines in your home.

 

EPI does not conduct pool inspections however, we highly recommend Clear Blue Pool Inspections.

Essential Property Inspections / T 856.498.9890