We were told that a licensed electrician completely rewired this 80-year-old home. New wiring and lots of holes were drilled through floor framing in the basement. A licensed electrician should know enough to not drill multiple holes through floor framing to install cables.
Our guess is this electrician was not licensed. If this is what we saw in the basement do you wonder if there were other electrical problems in the dwelling? If you said yes, you would be right! This is not only a structural problem - bad wiring can cause serious injury and fires!
Home buyers are always concerned about water in their basements. One look at the exterior of the dwelling usually gives us clues as to what we may find and how to correct the problem. Maybe you can tell? Here are some exterior photos taken during routine home inspections.
Here is what we found inside. In both cases, exterior grading and directing the leaders so that they drain four to six feet away from the foundation will help or eliminate this type of surface water entry
Cave and camel crickets are of little economic importance except as a nuisance in buildings and homes, especially basements. They are usually "accidental invaders" that wander in from adjacent areas. They may reproduce indoors, especially in situations that provide continuous dark, moist conditions, such as a basement, shower or laundry area, as well as organic debris (e.g. compost heaps) to serve as food.
Well if it looks like the photos below, there is a strong probability that it is asbestos and it should either be encapsulated, if it is in good condition, or removed, if it is friable. Friable means that if you touch it it can turn to dust and become airborne. Asbestos is a known cause of lung cancer. Its removal must be don by a licensed professional. For a list of local, licensed asbestos remediation companies you can contact our office or the NJ Department of Community Affairs at 609-984-7815.