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
Don't do it! Sure, it’s a quick fix and it works for a while. But now your repair is costlier because that slathered on tar must be removed before the original leak can be repaired! It also just looks bad. So, if you see what looks like tar on your roof it’s because there was (or still is) a leak that was not properly repaired the first time.
A pretty green moss may give a lakeside cottage a quaint look, however plants growing on a roof's surface will eat into the roofing material. This causes premature failure of the material and also slows the drainage of water. Products like 'Wet & Forget' can be sprayed onto a roof to temporarily remove moss, mold, mildew, and algae stains.
It’s always a good idea to find out if the building you are interested in purchasing was or is being heated by using fuel oil. Many parts of New Jersey do not provide for natural gas as a fuel source. Tanks used to store fuel oil for the homes using this source were/are either buried in the ground or are installed above the ground outside of or inside the building. Underground, buried fuel oil tanks have a history of leaking causing significant environmental problems which require significant dollars to clean-up.
It’s also a good idea to have a discussion with the building owner, the building department or the gas utility to determine if a fuel oil tank or fuel oil heating system was ever installed. Having the property scanned for a possible buried fuel oil tank if unknown or having a known buried tank and soil tested is recommended.