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?

When Should You Hire A Home Inspector? | Your Home Inspector Bergen County NJ

 

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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.

Termites and the Damage They Do

What are Termites?

Mahwah NJ Home InspectorTermites are small whitish colored insects with long wings. They look a little like ants, but are a much more serious problem. Termites thrive by munching on
wood. Most homes are constructed with a great deal of wood, making termites a very destructive adversary. There are three different types of termite – dry wood termites, damp wood termites, and subterranean termites. Here in North America the most common ones are the Eastern Subterranean Termites. These termites eat wood, but they also like paper, books and cotton.

Where Do Termites Come From?

Subterranean termites are usually found in yards and houses where soil, dampness
and wood are in full supply. They construct mud tunnels that lead into your home.
The damage termites can do to a house is devastating! At worst they damage a
foundation, but they eat anywhere and everywhere, and constantly. They get into
floors, ceilings, roofs, support beams, siding and the eaves.

What Can You Do About Termites?

First and foremost, taking care of your home is essential. Try not to provide
access by maintaining your home and replace missing or broken roof tiles or
siding. Of course, always keep an eye out for signs of an infestation. These
signs can include piles of insect wings, mud tunnels around the foundation,
hollow wood, sagging floorboards. If signs appear, take photos to show to a
home inspector. A competent inspector will help you understand the extent of the
damage and advise you on eliminating the termites.

Get Rid of Those Wood Destroying Insects!

You need a professional and knowledgeable expert in detecting the presence of
termites in and around your house. Your Home Inspector LLC has years of experience
in the field, and can lead you to a solution for getting rid of these pests. We
welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge of the termite problem. Contact
our team for a full and thorough inspection of your premises, and advice on how
to eliminate the damaging termites. Call us today at (201)320-9092.

HOME INSPECTION FAILURE and WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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home inspector mahwah njWhat should you do if your home inspection turns up negative results? A full inspection of a house is necessary whether you are buying or selling. This will help you decide whether buying the house is worth the price, or as a seller, if you need to make repairs. You don’t want to learn that the house you wish to sell has major problems. A thorough inspection by Your Home Inspector, LLC can save you from spending thousands of dollars on unexpected repairs, just as you’re about to close the sale. Likewise, an inspection can save a buyer money on the price of a house.

 

Home Inspection Failure – Buyer

 

When you are considering the purchase of a house, your contract usually calls for a home inspection. The loan officer usually mandates this inspection. If the inspector turns in negative results, you have a few options.

1. Try to negotiate the price

Talk to the seller, they may be amenable to a price reduction to cover the cost of repairs.

2. Ask the seller to make repairs before closing

Instead of calling off the sale or allowing yourself to get upset, ask the seller to make necessary
repairs. Preferably this work would be done by a reputable contractor that you both agree on.

3. Call off the sale!

There are some reasons that may make the decision to terminate a sale contract possible.  If an inspection turns up needed repairs, and those repairs were not mentioned in the original contract, it shouldn’t be a problem to “tear up” the contract.

4. Talk to your Realtor

If you have your heart set on buying this house, talking with your realtor can help you to decide how to
proceed. Realtors have dealt with this problem before and can best advise you on a course of action.

 

Home Inspection Failure – Seller

 

1. Make repairs before selling

If your home inspector turns in a bad report, you should consider investing in needed repairs before
putting your house on the market. The house doesn’t have to be in perfect order, but some repairs are
so glaring that they can’t be overlooked. This investment will make your house more saleable. Such
issues have to be declared to the buyer anyway and dealing with them prior to selling may result in a
higher asking price.

2. If you don’t want to, or can’t afford to make some repairs before selling, be sure to declare these
issues with a prospective buyer. This transparency will make them more willing to work with you, and
you will both end up happier.

Whether you are selling or buying a house, a thorough and professional home inspection is necessary. Sellers should have an inspection to find major repair issues that they can alleviate before listing. Buyers should have a house they want to buy inspected to ensure that the price is realistic relative to the condition of the house.

 

Your Home Inspector, LLC offers the top Bergen County NJ Home Inspection Services

 

We welcome the opportunity to explain the home inspection process and share a copy of our checklist with all prospective home buyers and sellers. Allow our knowledge and qualifications to guide you through the proceedings of a home inspection and answer any questions, even those regarding a negative review. We also offer radon testingtermite inspectionspool and spa inspectionsmold inspections, and indoor air quality testing (IAQ).

Contact Your Home Inspector, LLC at (201) 320-9092 today, to learn more about our Bergen County NJ home inspections.

New Jersey home inspections

Should You Get A Pre- Sale Home Inspection On A Home You’re Selling?

Should You Get A Pre-Sale Home Inspection On A Home You’re Selling? | YHI Bergen County NJ


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We’ve all heard about the importance of having an inspection done prior to BUYING a home. But what if you are SELLING your home? A NJ home inspection will be a contingency in most contracts to purchase a home; therefore, you may wonder if a pre-sale home inspection is necessary. After all, it could be seen as redundant.

However, a pre-sale inspection can work to the owner’s advantage. Preparing a home for sale is an important part of the selling process and getting necessary repairs made in advance can be a part of this process. The Home Inspection will not only determine what is necessary, but what to expect from buyers, their agents and their inspectors.  

What Is A Pre-Sale Home Inspection?

A pre-sale home inspection is the same as a home inspection conducted during the buying process. This means your NJ pre-sale home inspection will examine your home’s foundation, structure, roof, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and the HVAC system among other checklist items. A typical NJ home inspection will reveal issues, most of them minor. This allows an opportunity to make repairs or announce major issues in the marketing materials. For example, you might say a home is for sale as-is to avoid having to cover expenses such as a new roof.

Do Sellers Benefit From Conducting A New Jersey Home Inspection?

Sellers can benefit greatly from conducting a pre-sale home inspection. The biggest reason to hold a pre-sale inspection would be to avoid any unforeseen surprises as you approach the closing table. A buyer will have an inspection as part of a contract to purchase your home. If you have the inspection done prior to listing you know if you have structural issues, plumbing issues, or another costly issue. The opportunity to address an issue ahead of time means a home sale can stay on track.

A New Jersey home inspection offers options for a seller. While the pre-listing inspection report can be shared with prospective buyers it will not preclude a home inspection occurring as part of the due diligence process. Conducting a home inspection reveals issues, big and small, allowing for repairs and updates to be made.

Schedule A Bergen County NJ Home Inspection Today

Contact our team at Your Home Inspector LLC today to learn more about our Mahwah NJ home inspection company. We welcome the opportunity to explain the home inspection process while sharing our checklist with you. Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide, helping you understand what you should look for when choosing an NJ home inspector. We also offer radon testingtermite inspectionspool and spa inspectionsmold inspections, and indoor air quality testing (IAQ).

THE MOST EXPENSIVE REPAIRS TO YOUR HOME

What Are The Most Expensive Repairs To Your Home?

 

As Home Inspectors, we have been exposed to the problems that adversely affect a house. Some of these issues are very expensive to fix. We’d like to make you aware of the worst of these home repairs. Your Home Inspector can save you thousands of dollars through a comprehensive examination of your home. Although there are numerous expensive repairs that may need attention, the following are among the worst.

 

5 Most Expensive Home Repairs

 

1. FOUNDATION

 

Problems with the foundation of your home can cost from $500 to $15,000 or more. This of course depends on the extent of the damage. Cracks caused be settling or extreme weather can be filled and repaired fairly inexpensively. If the foundation is sinking, you’re looking at a much more costly repair. This kind of issue will also decrease the value of your home.

 

2. ROOF REPLACEMENT

 

A simple roof repair is relatively easy to remedy and usually not too expensive. A total replacement is a different story altogether. Depending upon the type of roof you have, the cost can exceed $30,000. Keep your eye on that roof, and call an inspector if trouble should appear. A Bergen County Home Inspector may be able to save you money by recommending a repair before the situation becomes too extreme.

 

3. WATER AND SEWER LINE REPAIRS

 

Besides causing major problems with sinks, showers and bathtubs a broken water line can be very costly. Most water and sewer lines are underground and repairs require digging and excavating. The cost for this kind of repair depends on where the damage is located. Deep underground location of damage can cost thousands of dollars. Again, a Home Inspector can find these problems and recommend a solution.

 

4. REPLACING SIDING

 

If your home is covered with siding of any type it ages along with the house. Regardless of the material your house is covered with – over time it will need repair or replacement. While repairs can be inexpensive, a total replacement can exceed $15,000.

 

5. REPLACING HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

 

Very often heating or air conditioning systems are overlooked when you are buying a house. Although getting a new and more efficient heating or air conditioning system may save you money in the long run, the replacement costs can be staggering.

 

So, being aware that these are among the large problems that can occur, keep in mind that vigilance is a good defense. Water is among the worst culprits as far as undermining your home. Water and weather can attack a foundation and siding. Overgrown trees and shrubs can cause damage, and the roots can affect water and sewer lines. Water pipes can freeze in winter and burst causing floods. The age of the house is of course an overriding issue. Whatever the problem, repairs and replacement can be very costly.

 

A NEW JERSEY HOME INSPECTOR CAN HELP

 

Your Home Inspector LLC knows what to look for when inspecting a house. The signs may be obvious and sometimes much more hidden. The important thing is to catch the signs before they become a major expensive issue. When purchasing a home, the experience and knowledge of a Bergen County Home Inspector are important. A home inspector may recommend further inspection by an expert, or they might recommend a repair specialist. Home Inspectors don’t make the repairs themselves, they only inspect. That eliminates any conflict of interest between inspection and repair.

 

CALL YOUR HOME INSPECTOR TODAY!

 

Contact Your Home Inspector LLC today to learn what our Mahwah NJ inspection team can do to save you money on repairs or replacement. Allow our experience be your guide to the home inspection process by answering your questions. We use up-to-date methods and technology to inspect every Bergen County home.  Purchasing a home should not be a daunting experience, and we can help set your mind at ease during the process.  Call us today to schedule a complete inspection of your premises at (201) 320-9092.