FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Things to know about your next home inspection...
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is when an inspection of a home's interior, exterior, and property grounds is given by a qualified professional. Generally home inspections are used prior to the sale or purchase of a property. For a list of what we cover, visit the services page.
How long does a home inspection take?
Generally, your home inspection can last from 2- 4 hours. This can vary based on the size of the property, deficiencies found, and number of services included (oil tank sweep, radon test, etc.).
What services do you offer?
We offer home inspections, Oil Tank Sweeps, Radon Testing and Wood Destroying Insect Reports. These services can be added to your home inspection, or as a stand alone service. For more information, visit our services page.
What does a typical home inspection look like?
201 Home Inspections will schedule a convenient time to meet with potential homeowners and/or realtors of the property. Next, a complete walkthrough of the interior, exterior and property grounds will take place together. The length of a home inspection varies depending on the size and condition of the home. Following the inspection, a PDF document of the detailed inspection report will be sent. This will include an in-depth property inspection report, notes, tips, pictures, and recommendations.
What areas do you service?
We are based out of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and service Northern and most of Central NJ (but are not limited to): Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Sussex, Warren, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Middlesex Counties.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Do you walk the roof?
Yes! If it's accessible we're on it. Drones will be used for homes that are greater in height or have limited roof access.
Do home inspectors need construction experience?
Surprisingly, no. Home inspectors in N.J. aren't required to have a construction background. However, Stephen LaSpina, owner of 201, has an extensive 15+ year history in the construction/home improvement industry. Steve makes it a point to be involved and stay involved throughout all stages of the inspection process.
What is radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell,
or taste. Radon affects 1 out of 6 homes and is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. It is found in rocks, water, and soil. Radon can be released into old or new homes through well water, the home’s foundation, or building materials.
Do I need radon testing?
Radon testing is not required when getting a home inspection, however it is highly recommended as an added safety precaution. Radon testing can be added to your home inspection giving you the peace of mind that you and your family are living in a safe environment free of radon.
I'm selling my home. Why should I get a pre-listing home inspection?
Pre-listing home inspections can help sell your home quickly & for top dollar!
Here’s our top 5 reasons to get a pre-listing home inspection:
1. Know about outstanding deficiencies before the buyer’s inspection
2. Fix any issues before listing the property for sale
3. Less likely for negotiations
4. Save time with a faster closing period
5. Get top dollar for your home after necessary repairs are made