I’ve performed 579 + home inspections in Montclair NJ since 1993 (as of 2/2020). Our Montclair home inspection clients should have confidence when hiring me to perform their home inspection. Odds are I have been in that neighborhood, often on that very street before and that I will have additional knowledge I will share with you that less experienced home inspectors simply do not have.
Montclair has many very old homes, some newer homes, and recently some very new homes. Old homes present quite the challenge to many inspectors because there are just not that many of them in existence in other areas of New Jersey. Some of the construction methods used are no longer used. Many of the materials used to construct these old homes are either no longer available, cost-prohibitive to use, or simply have been replaced with more modern materials that perform better.
Often old homes have old piping systems that can be very expensive to change out. Often old plumbing systems get comments like this in their home inspection report that allow our clients to negotiate better terms with the seller of the home.
The home has brass pipes. These pipes are well beyond their statistical useful life. Expect these pipes to corrode through, leak, and cause damages. Although some plumbing pipes in this condition may function for a period of time, most will require removal and replacement near term. PRIOR to the expiration of your home inspection contingency, further evaluations by a representative from your homeowner’s insurance company (plumbing pipes of this type and condition can affect your insurance rates or ability to even get insurance) and a plumbing contractor are both necessary to determine the scope and cost of the necessary corrective action.
PRIOR to expiration of your home inspection contingency contact your homeowner’s insurance company to determine exactly what plumbing changes or replacements they will be requiring. As a home inspector, I have no way of knowing what requirements your homeowner’s insurance company will have. There is a trend among homeowners insurance companies to deny coverage or require corrective actions to be taken depending on the individual insurance companies assessment of the condition of items like (provided as examples not as an exhaustive list) the condition of walkways, driveways, decks, ponds, pools, roofing, trees on the property, types of electrical wiring and service panels, types of piping, handrails, guardrails, and etc. Any comments in this report about insurance company requirements are for your educational benefit, provided as examples, not as an exhaustive list.