ANNUAL HOME INSPECTIONS

Do You Need Your Home Inspected Every Year?

 

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Well, probably not, but it’s something to think about. As your home ages, things wear out. A regular inspection would make you aware of things that need to be repaired or replaced, or are about to. Typically, if you are made aware of these problems early, the expense involved in fixing them could be a lot less. Do you need to have annual home inspections? Not necessarily, but regular inspections can eliminate a lot of future headaches and expense.

 

Inspections Can Save You Money

 

A home inspection reveals the condition of a house. This includes major factors such as the roof, foundation, heating and cooling systems. It also includes water pipes and water heaters.
As these things can fail due to age and natural wear and tear, regular inspection is a good idea. Most of us only think of a home inspection during the sale or purchase of a home. Annual or semi-annual home inspections can save you money by alerting you to potential problems that need tending to. Your Home Inspector LLC inspections include a detailed checklist grading the condition of almost all aspects of a house.

 

About Certified Bergen County NJ Home Inspections

 

Your Home Inspector LLC, is a home inspection service located in Mahwah NJ and serving NJ and NY homeowners. Our focus is providing detailed and thorough home inspections for our clients. We welcome the opportunity to share our checklist with you and answer your questions. If you would like a fully qualified home inspection, call us today. We can be reached at (201) 320-9092.

 

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GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER

 

A Home Inspection Can Help Protect Your Home In Winter

 

home inspections mahwah njGetting your home ready for cold weather is important. Frozen pipes, frozen gutters, outdoor water spigots can all contribute to tremendous damage to your house. A clean chimney is essential for well vented fires in a fireplace. Your Home Inspector LLC offers complete pre-winter inspections for our Bergen County clients so that they can enjoy the pleasures of a snug, warm home in winter. Cold weather is fast approaching, so getting your home ready for winter is a good idea!

 

Pipes, Gutters and Chimneys

 

Your Home Inspector will investigate pipes that are vulnerable to cold weather, even if they are inside your house. Some interior pipes need to be insulated against cold weather. We will locate outdoor water sources and be sure they have been properly turned off and insulated. If your chimney needs cleaning we will advise relative to that too. Having a fire in your fireplace with a creosote filled chimney can be dangerous. Gutters should be checked too. Build up of leaves can dam up the gutter and prevent water from flowing. Any water built up in your gutters can freeze and become heavy, causing them to detach.  Getting your home ready for winter can prevent expensive repairs and replacements.

 

Now Is the Best Time to Winterize Your Home

 

Some people start the winterization process early. But if you haven’t, now is a good time to start. Most of the autumn leaves have fallen and gutters should be cleared. Any leaves that have built up against your house should be cleared too. Pipes should be insulated against the cold, and any outdoor spigots should be closed and insulated. Your Home Inspector will advise of any other possible problem areas before the onset of really cold weather as well. For your peace of mind and prevention of winter related issues in and around hour home, get an inspection. Your Home Inspector LLC is available to perform an inspection of your home.

About Certified Bergen County NJ Home Inspections

 

Your Home Inspector LLC, is a home inspection service located in Mahwah NJ and serving NJ and NY homeowners. Our focus is providing detailed and thorough home inspections for our clients. We welcome the opportunity to share our checklist with you and answer your questions. If you would like a fully qualified home inspection, call us today. We can be reached at (201) 320-9092.

 

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THE REASONS FOR HIRING A HOME INSPECTOR

Why Should You Hire A Home Inspector?

 

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It is essential to understand the importance of hiring a Home Inspector when purchasing or selling a home. The inspector is a key figure in the transaction between buyer and seller. An inspection helps to reveal the overall condition of a house. A thorough inspection offers the homeowner the ability to make necessary repairs before putting the house on the market. It also offers the buyer the opportunity to see hidden problems that need fixing or replacement. This becomes a big factor in negotiations between buyer and seller. Your Home Inspector LLC delivers a comprehensive and accurate report to help give you the assurance of making a sound investment in a home. We also can be helpful to a seller by allowing them to institute repairs that will make it possible to get a better price for the house. All of this adds up to the reasons for hiring a Home Inspector.

 

So What Should You Expect in a Home Inspection?

 

A Bergen County Home Inspector will cover all the basics while examining the house, and then recommend a plan of action. Home Inspectors don’t make repairs but they do advise on the need for repair and replacement, or when a specialist is required. A home inspector will look at the foundation, structure, roof, plumbing, electrical grid, HVAC, windows, doors, attic and basement, and outdoor areas. He will look for mold, termites, asbestos, radon and other indoor air quality issues. Some of these things may come as a surprise to both seller and buyer – and nobody likes a surprise of this sort.  We’ve outlined the reasons for hiring a home inspector, the rest is up to you.

 

Call the Experts When Looking For a Home Inspector

Contact the team at Your Home Inspector LLC to learn more about our Bergen County home inspections. Our knowledge and experience can guide you toward making an informed decision in the purchase of a home in New Jersey. Your Home Inspector even offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee! Call us today for a home inspection. We can be reached at (201) 320-9092.

TESTING INDOOR AIR QUALITY

What Is Meant by Indoor Air Quality?

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When referring to Indoor Air Quality or IAQ, we are talking about the quality of the air within and surrounding a home or building. Your Home Inspector LLC offers IAQ inspection for both residential and commercial structures in Bergen County NJ. Most of us spend a lot of time inside our homes, offices or schools. The air we breath can be tainted. Bad air can cause allergies and respiratory issues. YHI tests air quality to confirm that it is clean, or to recommend a solution to polluted indoor air. Listed below are some of the pollutants YHI tests for and why we recommend testing indoor air quality.

 

Types of Indoor Air Quality Tests

 

VOC

VOC is volatile organic compounds, which are gases formed from certain solids or liquids. VOCs can include chemicals that produce short or long term health problems. VOCs are much more concentrated indoors than outdoors.

MVOC

MVOCs are volatile organic gases emitted by mold. An air survey measures the levels of mold growing in a building. Indoor areas should be tested for MVOC to determine the amount of actively growing mold in a space.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is an organic air pollutant made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. It is present out of doors, but indoor formaldehyde is usually more concentrated because of its sources and can be the cause of illness.

Particulates

Particle matter or PM is a mixture of solid and liquid droplets in the air. Some form through chemical reactions in the atmosphere, while others are from a specific source.

 

Why Call A Home Inspector to test for IAQ?

 

When you call Your Home Inspector for an inspection, you can expect a complete and expert report from a highly qualified agent. Although we inspect homes for different reasons, Indoor Air Quality is an important aspect of any inspection. The pollutants found during an Indoor Air Quality examination can cause allergies or serious illness. These are usually things you do not know exist in your home, but if members of your family show signs of allergy or respiratory trouble, poor Indoor Air Quality may be the culprit. Allow Your Home Inspector LLC to ascertain the level of tainted air in your home or place of business and work with you to protect the inhabitants from illness. We do not remediate the problem, but we do the testing and  we recommend ways to proceed to clean up the air. Call us today for an evaluation of the quality of your indoor air at (201) 320-9092.

SHOULD YOU TEST YOUR HOME FOR RADON?

What Is Radon?

 

Mahwah NJ Radon TestingRadon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into your home. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, and other diseases. Radon can enter your home through cracks in the foundation. It occurs naturally in the ground and the environment. The only way to determine if there is Radon present in your house is by testing. So in answer to the question, should you test your home for Radon – the answer is a resounding YES!

 

Radon Can Be Present in New Homes and Old Homes

 

Homeowners should not think that because their house is newly built they don’t have Radon. It is present all over the world, and it is estimated that 1 in every 15 homes in the United States has Radon. Radon can be present in a new home just as well as in an older home. When purchasing a home, be sure a Radon test is included in your home inspection.  Your health and that of your family could be at stake!

 

Professional Testing Is Essential

 

A Radon test performed by a qualified, licensed professional will give you an accurate reading of whether it is present or not. If the results of the test show that there is Radon present, the team at Your Home Inspector, LLC will explain what the existence of Radon in your house means. We will recommend mitigation by a reliable and reputable firm. We not remediate, we only test for Radon. Our full home inspections include a test for Radon. Radon can be mitigated, and your home restored to a healthy environment for you and your family. For a radon test, or a full home inspection including a test for Radon, give us a call today at (201) 320-9092.

TERMITES AND YOUR HOUSE

How Do Termites Damage Your House?

 

bergen county nj termite inspectionsTermites thrive on eating wood. They can damage the exterior as well as the interior of your home. The worst they can do is damage the foundation. They will infest just about any area of your house – floors, ceilings, roof, support beams, siding, eaves. Wherever there is wood, there is the potential of a termite invasion. Your Home Inspector LLC is always ready to inspect your home for evidence of termite infestation, and advise you about the best course of action to remedy the situation.

 

What Are Termites, What Do They Look Like?

 

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Termites are small insects that look very much like ants, but they are white or clear in color. They are not a form of ants, and they should be taken seriously when spotted. There are three different types of termites – dry wood termites, damp wood termites, and subterranean termites. In New Jersey the most common termite is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.

 

Can You Prevent Termite Invasion?

 

The best form of prevention against termites is to take care of your house. Avoid giving termites easy access through broken or missing roof tiles or siding. Always keep an eye out for signs of termites. These could include piles of insect wings, hollow wood, sagging floorboards. Mud tubes are built by termites to keep moisture present in their movements. These tubes are evident where the ground meets a structure. Termite droppings, or frass, look like sawdust. Mounds of frass may be seen below termite entry access holes. Unfortunately, evidence of termites usually means they have invaded and have already caused damage. If you see any of these signs that termites are present, take photographs. Call a home inspector and let them determine the extent of the problem. In answer to the question Can You Prevent Termite Invasion? – probably not, but you can certainly take steps to keep your house in tip-top shape.

 

Call The Experts To Confirm Termite Invasion

 

If you suspect that you have termites and can readily see evidence, call Your Home Inspector LLC to get an expert opinion. Our team is experienced in termite detection and we want to guide Bergen County homeowners toward a solution to this problem. Your Home Inspector is located in Mahwah and can be reached at (201)320-9092 for a consultation.

Common Problems Uncovered By Home Inspections

What Does A Home Inspector Look For? | Your Home Inspector LLC Mahwah NJ

 

 

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When you hire a home inspector prior to buying or selling a home he will have a checklist of areas to be examined. Usually home inspectors look at the overall structure of the house, including foundation, roof, floors, windows and doors. The electrical functions of the house are inspected, including outlets and switches, fixtures and appliances. Plumbing is also on the the checklist. This would include pipes, drains, water pressure, faucets and toilets. Heating and air-conditioning systems are inspected as well. Your Home Inspector is happy to share the checklist with our New Jersey clients and discuss common problems uncovered by home inspections during a routine examination.

 

What Are Typical Issues Uncovered By A Home Inspection?

Some issues are:

  1. Cracked foundation
  2. Faulty or frayed wiring
  3. Puddling water in the basement
  4. Mold and mildew in damp areas
  5. Missing roof tiles or shingles
  6. Poor water pressure
  7. Plumbing leaks
  8. Clogged drains
  9. Swollen doors or windows that do not open or close properly

These are just a few of the common problems uncovered by home inspections. Fortunately most of these issues can be resolved with a simple repair or replacement. Some issues are however, instant red flags, and must be considered seriously. Foundation or roof problems can be expensive and you want to be aware of them in order to make an informed decision about dealing with them.

 

An Inspection Will Reveal All

Your Home Inspector LLC is your local Bergen County NJ resource for fully certified and experienced home inspections. We utilize infrared thermal cameras to determine hidden problems. Our inspectors look everywhere and whatever we find goes on the inspection report. We will recommend solutions to problems that need fixing or replacing. Your Home Inspector wants you to have a comprehensive inspection that will be invaluable in your home buying decision. Our focus is on your satisfaction with our services, and we even offer a 100% guarantee. If you are in need of a home inspection around the Mahwah area, give us a call today at (201) 320-9092 for an appointment.

AVOIDING A “MONEY PIT”

A Home Inspection Saves You From a Costly Mistake

 

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You want to buy a house. Whether it is a new home, a second home, an investment property, or you just want to move to a different neighborhood – you need to have that house inspected! All houses have issues, but it’s the unseen, expensive ones that you want to watch out for. These serious problems can turn your investment into a costly mistake. Your Home Inspector will give you a full professional assessment of a property’s negatives so that you will end up avoiding a “money pit”.

 

Finding the hidden problems

 

Most sellers will put their house in the best possible condition to make it appealing. It’s the unseen, unknown underlying problems that make a house a bad buy. This is where a home inspector can really earn his fee. Major components such as foundation, roofing, plumbing and electrical systems are all included in an inspector’s checklist. A full examination of these and other more minor concerns are included in an inspection, revealing the problems and the extent of the problems. Our inspectors also look for termites, mold, radon, and we examine the indoor air quality of a home.  

 

A home inspection is an essential part of the home purchase process. When you understand the condition of a house you wish to purchase, you will avoid surprises. Sometimes a serious problem may exceed the expertise of a home inspector. He will then recommend an industry specialist to assess the problem. For example, a serious roof problem would require the expertise of a roofer.

 

Learn About Bergen County Inspections and avoiding a “money pit”

 

Call our team at Your Home Inspector LLC today to learn more about our home inspection process. We welcome your questions, and will share our checklist with you. Our knowledge and expertise can make the whole home buying experience much more pleasant and painless.  Your Home Inspector wants you to be satisfied with your new home by avoiding a “money pit”.

Indoor Air Quality Testing In The Home

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing

 

What Does Indoor Air Quality Mean?

 

 

Indoor Air Quality Inspections Bergen County NJIndoor air quality (IAQ) is the quality of the air within and surrounding buildings and structures. This means either residential or commercial structures. We are mainly focused on residential air quality in this discussion. Your Home Inspector LLC offers Indoor Air Quality inspections for the homes of our Bergen County NJ clients.

What Causes Poor IAQ in Your Home?

 

IAQ can be affected by various factors. It can be influenced by gases
such as carbon monoxide or radon. It can also be caused by mold or
bacteria. Cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking, which all can
produce secondhand tobacco smoke affect indoor air quality. Indoor
fires in a fireplace can also affect the quality of the air around you
in your home. Lack of proper ventilation produces carbon dioxide which
can give you headaches and make you function at a lower activity level.

 

How Does Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect You?

 

If the quality of the air in your home causes you to suffer fatigue,
headaches, stuffy nose, symptoms similar to the flu, or eye, skin, nose
and throat irritation – you need to have an inspection. Carpets and
furniture can emit chemicals. The presence of mold, which can be
brought on by an over abundance of moisture in the air, is another way
the atmosphere in your home can make you sick. If the air is too dry it
can cause skin irritation or rashes.

 

What Can You Do To Improve Indoor Air Quality?

 

Your Home Inspector tests for any and all indoor pollutants and will
advise on what you can do to improve your Indoor Air Quality. Proper
ventilation is something you can do on your own. The presence of mold,
carbon monoxide, radon, or other contaminants need to be tested for by
a licensed home inspector.

 

Protect Your Family from poor IAQ

 

If you suspect the quality of the air in your home may not be acceptable,
call Your Home Inspector LLC for an expert evaluation of the IAQ in your
residence. We will do a full inspection, and then advise you on what you
need to do to improve the quality of the air you breathe. You and your
family will enjoy a safer, healthier environment.

Call us today at (201) 320-9092

When Is A Good Time To Hire A Home Inspector?

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Home Inspections are necessary for a number of reasons. Your Home Inspector LLC is always ready to inspect homes and inform the owners of problems, necessary repairs, or if everything is in good shape. The following are a few reasons why you might need an examination
of your house.  Right now is a good time to hire a home inspector.

Inspection Before Buying


Home Inspections are necessary when you are considering the purchase of a house.
An inspection is usually part of the contract. It is a contingency that allows
you to know the condition of the house, inside and out, and therefore make
a more informed decsion. The inspection gives you the information needed to negotiate
the best price for the house.

 

Inspection Before Selling

 

Having your home inspected before selling is known as a Pre-Sale Home Inspection. This can allow you to prepare your home prior to putting it on the market for sale. A
full examination of the condition of your house gives you the necessary preparatory
tools to put it in the best state possible. This in turn will help you realize the
best price for your house when selling. If you are not in a position to make needed repairs, knowing about the issues can be a negotiating point.

 

Home Inspections Are Not Just For Buying or Selling


Some home owners like to hire a home inspector to check on the condition of their house.
This gives the homeowner a heads-up regarding any problems that might become major issues in the upkeep of their house. These inspections allow for peace of mind of the homeowner.

 

 

Any Time Is A Good Time to Hire a Home Inspector


In answer to the question of when is a good time to hire a home inspector – ANY time
is a good time. Get in touch with Your Home Inspector LLC today to schedule a Bergen County NJ Home Inspection. We welcome the opportunity to share our checklist with you to help you learn about the process involved. Our experienced inspectors will help you gain better knowledge of the condition of your home. We also offer radon testing, termite inspections, pool and spa inspections, mold inspections, and indoor air quality testing (IAQ).

Call us at (201) 320-9092, we are open 7 days a week, 8:00am until 10:00 pm.