Frequently Asked Questions

Facts you should know about Home Inspection Services

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection of a home’s many working parts and systems. A thorough, but not exhaustive evaluation of each part of the home’s systems and functionality.

What is a home inspection NOT?

A home inspection is NOT a pass or fail determination, appraisal, legal advice, warranty, or an opinion on whether or not you should buy a home. The inspection and written inspection report are educational tools to attain a clearer picture on a home and its components.

What does "visual, non-invasive" mean?

If I can see it, I will inspect it. Home inspectors are not allowed to cut walls, damaged finished surfaces, enter dangerous areas, or move a home owner’s property. This means that pipes hidden behind walls, or sections of a basement hidden behind storage will not be inspected.

Will a home inspection warranty my home?

Unfortunately, not. Let’s say you are buying a used car. You would want to get it checked out by a certified mechanic first. However, that wouldn’t guarantee 2,500 miles later that the transmission won’t fail. A house, like anything, needs regular maintenance and upkeep. Sometimes that upkeep can be expensive.

Do I really need a home inspection?

It’s definitely a good idea. A home inspection can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing the condition of a house before you make the largest purchase of your life. A house is made up of many complex systems and components, each of which contribute to the overall comfort and value of your investment. A licensed home inspector will provide you with an unbiased opinion of these systems, providing you with necessary information to make an educated decision.

When will I get the inspection report?

If you attend the inspection we’ll go over all the details of the home right there and then. The written report itself will be delivered within 24 hours. That will give me enough time to work through the details of the home and provide a polished and organized report for future reference.

Exactly which components get inspected?

Inspection components include: Structural components, exterior components, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, cooling system, interior components, insulation components and ventilation system, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, outhouses, pools, and spas. For a more detailed list see NJ ADS 13:40-15.2(4)

How long does an inspection take?

There are no set times. I will spend as much time with you and the house as needed, but generally speaking, an inspection takes between two and four hours – depending on the size and age of the home.

Should I be there for the inspection?

Definitely! Every client will receive a complete inspection report with descriptions and pictures of the home’s components, but nothing beats an in-person walk through. Not only will you be able to ask questions and see the home in-depth for yourself, but as a new homeowner, you’ll be able to pick up valuable information such as where the main disconnects are, how to care for certain systems, and more.

What if you find a problem?

All homes have problems to some extent. Any issues or defects we find should not automatically deter you from buying a home whatsoever. Each part of the house has a life expectancy whether it is in 10 days, 10 years, or 10 years ago. The bottom line is that home ownership is expensive. With a home inspection you can discover some present issues and make an educated decision on your purchase.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The fee for a complete home inspection varies by a house’s size, age, & components. See our Inspection Costs page for more inforation

Schedule a pre-listing inspection in the Long Branch, Asbury Park, or Oakhurst, NJ area by calling 732-207-9178 today.

Testimonials

Christopher Harasim
Christopher Harasim
2024-06-03
Michael of Ocean Home Inspections is a phenomenal home inspector. Not only will he find any issues with your potential home purchase- he keeps the mood light and has a good sense of humor. He advises the homebuyer without scaring them over nonsensical items. Highly recommend and would use again!
Max Zeevi
Max Zeevi
2024-06-03
Michael was amazing to work with. A true expert in his field! His home inspection report was extremely thorough and easy to understand. After the inspection Micheal was extremely helpful in recommending people to help mend some of the issues he found in the house.
Daniel Esses
Daniel Esses
2024-06-03
Was a pleasure and a breeze to work with Michael. He was very accommodating, explaining to me every step of the inspection process, as well as the lab results. Make sure I fully understood what if any issues they were in the home. Highly recommend Michaels services
Victor Waingort
Victor Waingort
2024-05-31
Ocean Home is extremely professional, knowledgeable and helpful. They recently helped me with a home inspection in Oakhurst, New Jersey. They were prompt, thorough and really knew their stuff. I would highly recommend them to anyone I know.
ezra aboksis
ezra aboksis
2024-05-31
Michael is the best for the job. he let's you know every issue from small to big. my personal opinion Michael is the best and you'll know from him whether you should buy or not. thank you Michael!
Abraham Cohen
Abraham Cohen
2024-05-31
Michael is fantastic! Knows his stuff, very professional, thorough and honest! very well priced! Would use him again and again!
Emily Ingram
Emily Ingram
2024-05-31
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Sam Tawil
Sam Tawil
2024-05-31
Michael was very professional and informative for every aspect of his inspection, from the walkthrough to the reports. He explained in clear detail his findings and all the potential concerns of the property. The report was thorough with excellent pictures, and his pricing was reasonable. Would recommend!
Mark Garrett
Mark Garrett
2024-05-31
Michael is an extremely professional and thorough home inspector. He communicated his game plan ahead of time, walked me through all facets of the home and even stayed extra to explain some of the more complicated issues at hand. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for the best possible home inspection for your future home!
Nathan Shamie
Nathan Shamie
2024-05-31
If you are looking for a reliable honest and knowledgeable home inspector, Ocean Home Inspection is your place to go! Michael was great. He was so knowledgeable and gave me a beautiful detailed report of the house. He also gave me tips as a new homeowner which were extremely beneficial. I would definitely recommend his services!

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