Duplicate Street Names | Blair Inspection Services NJ

Duplicate Street Names | Blair Inspection Services NJ


home inspections essex county njYou can’t make this stuff up….I’m at the corner of Spring and Spring. If I’m going to 8 Spring Street for example, which one? How can you tell when there is 2 street names with the same exact name? And what does this have to do with home inspections in Essex County? 

Houses are supposed to have numbers that are visible from the street for police, firemen, post office and deliveries.

As a general and important rule, a house is supposed to have numbers that are visible from the street, generally 3.5 inches tall. 

 
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Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find unexpected issues. Let Blair Inspection Services – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. We also offer tank sweeps, radon inspections, termite inspections, and light commercial inspections.

Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

 

Roof Experience – Does My Roof Need Replacing?

Does My Roof Need Replacing? | Blair Inspection Services NJ


home inspection essex county njThis is a question that I usually don’t like to answer, but sometimes it’s obvious. A home inspection reports on the “mechanical, structural and safety” deficiencies of a home but not on cosmetics. If a roof appears old and isn’t leaking, it’s a “deferred maintenance” issue.

However, with this roof, there appears to be 3 layers of shingles, including a barely visible green one in the upper right corner (most towns allow only 2 layers of shingles). There has been numerous attempts to patch the roof over decades, and it’s clearly time for replacement.

Through years of experience, I’m able to see some of these issues and short cuts that easily get missed.

 
Blair Inspection Services is Here to Help With Roof Inspections & More

Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find potential safety hazards in older homes. Let Blair Inspection Services – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. We also offer tank sweeps, radon inspections, termite inspections, and light commercial inspections.

Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

 

Flipped Homes – Beware Of Deferred Maintenance

Flipped Homes | Blair Inspection Services NJ


home inspection essex county njHome improvement shows on TV have captured our imagination over the years. We’ve all seen the beautiful transformations of old houses into modern gems and the “flippers” making money in the process. What we don’t always see with these flipped homes are the compromises or the expensive “deferred maintenance” items that have been ignored or glossed over.

This is a picture of the water main coming into the house in the basement from the street. It’s 100 years old, there is no shutoff valve, it has rusted, and it leaks.

The walls, floor, and baseboards have all been replaced, but they will all have to be redone again if the water main fails and the new owners can’t get the water turned off in the street quickly.

Through years of experience, I’m able to see some of these issues and short cuts that easily get missed.

 
Blair Inspection Services is Here to Help

Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find potential safety hazards in older homes. Let Blair Inspection Services – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. We also offer tank sweeps, radon inspections, termite inspections, and light commercial inspections.

Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

 

Oil Tank Removal NJ

Oil Tank Removal | Blair Inspection Services NJ


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This is a picture of a 1000-gallon oil tank. Fortunately, this one was not rusted and was removed without problems. Oil heating was primarily used in Essex County for heating houses. Most houses were refitted with natural gas in the 1970’s. In and around Essex County there are numerous houses with oil tanks still in the ground.

Often times, oil tanks are buried under driveways or front lawns, leaving them susceptible to time and water, which degrades the tanks and they rust and release oil into the soil. The results can be a potentially large environmental hazard with significant cleanup costs. If the new buyer overlooks/ ignores this hazard, this potential hazard becomes the new homeowner’s responsibility.

 
Ask Blair Home Inspection Services About Your Home’s Tank Removal Needs Today!

Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find potential safety hazards in older homes. We can add a tank sweep to your home inspection or offer it independently!

Let Blair Home Inspections – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

Knob and Tube Wiring NJ

Knob and Tube Wiring | Blair Inspection Services NJ


certified home inspections essex county njWhat is knob and tube wiring? Just as the name suggests, there are 2 parts. The knob is porcelain part sticking out of the side of the joist and the tube are the porcelain connectors that run through the joists. Electrical wires were distributed through the house around/through these connectors. Knob and tube is considered a safety issue and most insurance companies will refused to insure a house with knob and tube.

 

This was the first type of wiring in houses and was replaced in the late 1920’s. This type of wiring is not recommended for modern homes. It can not be safely used with 3 prong plugs. Most insurance companies demand removal. Through years of experience, I have an eye for discovering k&t and various shortcuts that have been utilized in houses with k&t still in use today.

 
Ask Blair Inspection Services About Your Home’s Wiring Today!

Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find potential safety hazards in older homes.

Let Blair Home Inspections – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

Japanese Knotweed in NJ?

NJ Home Inspections and Plant Life

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NJ Home Inspections: Invasive Plant Japanese Knotweed

With homes, most people give very little thought to the bushes, trees, and weeds around their house. In some cases, a home inspector may say “the tree leans too much”; “some of your tree branches need to be trimmed”; “your bushes need to be 18 inches away from the foundation-walls to better support ventilation” … and on it goes. All good points, but the fact is some plant life can be hazardous to your home. For instance, beware of Japanese Knotweed in NJ, it is classified as an invasive plant species.

Sure, bushes & trees should never be too close to your home. If so, you run a risk that roots will grow under a foundation causing various potential problems. If plant life issues are an issue where we inspect a home, we intend to report about it. 

What About Invasive Plant Species And Your Home

Through years of knowledge, experience, and seeing unusual things, I can help point out the issues > such as with invasive plant species < that other inspectors have no knowledge of.
Everyone has seen Japanese Knotweed in NJ, but 99% of us don’t know what it is and how difficult it can be to remove. Above is a local picture that was taken in Essex County’s own South Mountain Reservation recently. 

You can Google ‘Japanese knotweed’ and read up for yourself. This weed is next to impossible to eradicate. I have first-hand knowledge of dealing with it for 5 years in my own yard … so far!! This is something I look for during Essex County and surrounding NJ area home inspections, amongst other things…because “I’ll treat your home like it’s mine!”

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Let Blair Home Inspections – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

Electrical Wiring Potential Hazards NJ

Electrical Wiring | Blair Home Inspections NJ

Here is something you don’t see every day when inspecting a home, but it is useful certified home inspections essex county njwhen talking about electrical wiring & construction techniques. In fact, you have to ask, “Why would anyone do this?” How convenient, if you’re in the shower and you forgot to turn on the light. Right?

Obviously not, and we all know that water and electricity don’t work well together; however, someone thought it was a good idea.

The picture to the right shows a light switch in the bathroom inside the shower enclosure!

Electrical Wiring And Your Home Inspection 

Often times, while doing home inspections in Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, you find potential safety hazards in older homes. Modern-day improvements in electrical wiring like GFI’s in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor outlets, prevent the homeowner from being shocked or electrocuted. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) electrical outlets and breakers are a significant safety improvement.

GFCI protection is required for most outdoor receptacles (since 1973), bathroom receptacle circuits (since 1975), garage wall outlets (since 1978), kitchen receptacles (since 1987), and all receptacles in crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990). (GFCI) electrical outlets and breakers are required in new homes for bathrooms, kitchen countertop outlets, garages, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, outside outlets, swimming pools, etc. They should be installed in older homes as well to reduce potential electrical hazards in wet areas.

 
Ask Blair Home Inspection Services About Your Home’s Basic Electric Today!

Let Blair Home Inspections – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!

Chimney Construction Potential Hazards NJ

Chimney Construction | Blair Home Inspection Services NJ 

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Chimney separating from a house

Here is something you don’t see every day when inspecting a home, but it is useful when talking about build & construction techniques. Most people do not realize that chimneys and houses are built independently of each other. This picture shows an 1800’s NJ home with 3 fireplaces that was destroyed by a recent hurricane/storm.

There is a cement mixer and construction vehicles in the foreground and the chimneys in the background of this picture. It shows new framing for a first floor being rebuilt around the original chimneys. 
 

Chimneys And Your Home Inspection  

Often times, while doing home inspections in and around Essex County and surrounding areas of NJ, I see a chimney that is slowly moving away from the house. I am often asked, “Is this important, can’t you just re-attach the chimney to the house?” The answer to these questions is “No!”  
 
But there are ways to straighten out and also reset an old chimney. And while it depends on the home and the specific circumstances, it helps to have experience when inspecting homes and the situation with old chimneys.

 
Ask Blair Home Inspection Services About Your Chimney Today! 

Let Blair Home Inspections – a certified, experienced home inspector – guide you through some of the often subtle issues of buying a home. Contact George Blair who ‘treats your home, like it’s mine’!