Union City Home Inspections are my specialty!
I’ve performed many inspections in Union City NJ and the area surrounding Union City since 1993. Our Union City and Hudson County home inspection clients should have additional confidence when hiring me to educate them about the home they are under contract to purchase. Often the neighborhood and type construction are familiar to me making it easier for me to find, report on, and explain the problems that we find. Odds are that the less experienced home inspectors simply will not have decades of experience to fall back on when they encounter conditions they are not familiar with.
Union City is densely populated with many very old homes, some newer homes, and recently a major construction surge in condominiums. Very often old homes, especially those with extensive renovations require an experienced inspector because the methods of construction have not been used for many years. As these big old homes are changed, updated, flipped, and renovated often have more problems than if the home were just left alone. Too often structural members that literally hold the house up get cut by contractors who either do not understand old homes or simply wish to get the job done faster. Sometimes more electrical hazards are created during the renovation than existed PRIOR to the renovation. Experienced home inspectors know where the “bodies are buried” using that knowledge and experience to hunt down the problems, in order to allow our home buying clients to make better decisions.
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.
PRIOR to putting in an offer on an old home 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.