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. 

Are you working at this time and responding to COVID-19?

Yes. We want to ensure all of our clients, realtors, and homeowners that we are taking safety precautions recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

• No physical contact.

• 6ft minimum social distancing.

• Mask, gloves, and booties worn on site.

• Number of people in the home during inspections is limited.

• Only the inspector will enter small/enclosed spaces, others can follow individually.

• Routine cleaning of all frequently touched tools and work stations.

• Washing of hands before and after each inspection.

• Sanitizing and cleaning all work vehicles.

• Digital payment options accepted.

• All reporting and terms sent digitally.

Stay well.

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

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 18+ 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 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 Oakland, and service Northern, NJ (but are not limited to): Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.

How much does a home inspection cost? 

Pricing varies depending on the property type, size of home, and services selected. Visit our pricing page for more information.

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.