NJ home inspection laws state what tools an inspector has to have in their toolbox. In every facet of our work, Regal Home Inspections strives to not only meet the minimum requirements but exceed them.
For example, photographs are NOT required by law. As I am writing this I checked the disk drive with the photos I took. As of 12/18/19 I took over 152,000 photos for all the inspection done to date this year. Many were used in the reports but the vast majority were not. Photographs make the report more informative.
The NJ home inspection laws require that every inspector carry a combustible gas detector. We do and we use it on EVERY inspection with natural gas or propane gas. We are required to carry a moisture meter and we use it all the time to document the presence of moisture or to document on a particular date and time there was no moisture. For example, if there is a water stain on a wall. The moisture meter will either document that the stain is dry or not.
Things not required but we have;
- An InfraRed (IR) camera.
- A laser level to document and quantify the slope of a floor, for example.
- A 22 foot ladder. While the NJ home inspection laws do require a ladder, the specified height is 11 feet. For safety, most ladder manufacturers instructions require the ladder to be 3 feet above the point where the ladder leans on the gutter. That means that 8 feet is the highest it can be used. Most homes require one to go a little higher than that and that’s why I carry a longer ladder. Please note that safety is the #1 concern so regardless of the height, the safety of the inspector to climb up onto the roof and off the roof is paramount.
In 2020 the Regal Home Inspections, LLC team will be adding a drone to also use for roof inspections. Training will occur in this new year. The drone will be another tool in the Regal Home Inspections toolkit used to serve the residents of Monmouth County NJ and the surrounding area.