GDB Home Inspections is proud to help home-buyers make a more informed home purchase by providing honest and reliable home inspections throughout Northern New Jersey. We treat our work with the seriousness it deserves, and we always show the utmost respect to our clients—adhering to New Jersey’s excellent Standards of Practice in all that we do.
Our comprehensive inspection for home-buyers will reveal the condition of most visible and readily accessible components in a home. A convenient digital inspection report will be available within 24 hours.
We inspect the following components:
- Roofing System
- Foundation & Crawl Spaces
- Structural Components
- Exterior (cladding, soffits, fascias, doors, windows)
- Driveways & Walkways
- Deck & Balcony
- Grading & Drainage
- Garage Door, Openers, & Structure
- Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
- Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation
- Electrical System
- Plumbing System
- HVAC Systems
- Built-in Appliances
We use the following technology during the inspection process whenever necessary: aerial drone photography, thermal imaging, and moisture meters. We’ll also use a carbon monoxide detector and gas leak detector to ensure that the home is safe for prospective residents.
Additional Inspection Services
What if we told you that there is an inspection service that can make selling a home substantially easier? Well, you’ll be happy to know that there is! We can thoroughly inspect your home before you make the listing, providing knowledge about potential deficiencies that you may want to address in order to improve negotiations with prospective buyers.
New Construction Inspection
We also offer an inspection service for clients who are pursuing the purchase of a home that is currently under construction. Once the construction draws to a close and the builder is set to perform a final walkthrough, we can perform a comprehensive inspection of the property before that walkthrough occurs. This will provide you with a professional third-party assessment of the property that you can use toward final negotiations in order to better protect and improve your investment.
Home Maintenance Inspection
This inspection service is specially designed to help current homeowners take better care of their property. We’ll inspect the home’s readily accessible structural components and mechanical systems, taking note of existing maintenance issues that we’ll then pass along to you. Along with this inspection report, we’ll also include helpful maintenance tips so that you know what steps should be taken first.
Loan Draw Inspection
When we perform a Loan Draw Inspection, we’ll be looking to make sure that new home construction is adhering to the terms that were agreed upon between the lender and the builders. We’ll inspect the jobsite to ensure that the materials stored onsite are in line with what was approved for the draw request, while also confirming that construction on the home is where it needs to be before more funds are disbursed.
When the seller of the home notifies you that repairs have been made to defective areas we discovered during a home inspection, you can contact us to request a Re-inspection. We’ll return to the property to check out the state of repairs, ensuring that quality materials were used and that the workmanship is of a high standard.
For this inspection service, we’ll test the radon levels in a home to ensure that they are under a safe threshold. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can rise up from the Earth over extremely long periods of time, potentially entering homes through small gaps and cracks. The gas is carcinogenic and highly difficult to detect using conventional methods—which is why you should have this service performed before committing to a final real estate investment.
Termites: the very word makes many homeowners cringe, especially any who have directly experienced the damage these pesky insects can inflict on a home. For this inspection service, we’ll thoroughly inspect a home for signs of damage caused by termites and other wood-destroying organisms. Not all termite damage is where you’d expect it to be, making it important to bring in a professional to take a look before buying a home—potentially saving you from getting stuck with a massive repair bill.
Commercial Property Inspection
In addition to inspecting homes, we are able to perform comprehensive inspections of commercial properties. We’ll inspect the commercial building from top to bottom, including the mechanical systems that are installed at the time of the inspection. We can perform this service for most types of commercial buildings, ranging from large industrial facilities to small business locations.
This inspection service is designed specifically for a pool or spa that is being included with the prospective purchase of a residential property. We’ll thoroughly evaluate the condition of the pool or spa structure, drains, mechanical systems, and accessory components—providing a full report of any defects we discover.
A Mold Inspection is designed to identify potential mold hazards within the structure of a home. Mold goes hand-in-hand with moisture issues, and we’ll take our time to carefully investigate any areas suspected of moisture intrusion. If mold is discovered, we’ll inform you of the next steps to take in order to eliminate the problem and to promote future prevention.
Air Quality Inspection
This is an environmental inspection that will help to ensure that the indoor air quality is safe in your prospective home. Air samples will be collected to be tested for a wide range of pollutants that could be harmful for your health—information you’d certainly want to know before spending a significant amount of time indoors.
Above Ground Oil Tank Inspection
Oil tanks can be a potential safety and environmental hazard, making it important to have this inspection service scheduled before finalizing the purchase of a home that includes an above ground oil tank. We’ll meticulously assess the structure for any signs of damage, directing you accordingly if we find existing damage or signs of potential weaknesses.
Water Flow Test
This inspection service is an essential one, verifying that your prospective home has adequate water pressure to meet the needs of a property of that specific size. We’ll go through a standard procedure to measure the flow rate, confirming whether or not it is consistent and adequate for the home.
This inspection service can be subcontracted to a professional third-party, and it can be scheduled to take place at the same time as your Buyer’s Inspection. The home’s septic system will be carefully evaluated for evidence of damage or system malfunction—and the septic tank will also be checked to see whether or not it needs to be pumped.
Vermiculite is a mineral often used in garden applications, but it has also been used extensively in building materials—especially in certain insulating materials. Vermiculite has been known to be contaminated by asbestos, so it’s a good idea to schedule this inspection service to protect your health before finalizing a home purchase.
Although it’s no longer used in building materials, asbestos-based products were used commonly all the way up until the 1970s. If you’re planning to invest in a home that was built before this time, there’s a good chance that asbestos is present—and this is information you’ll want to know before making a real estate transaction. If asbestos-based materials aren’t deteriorating, there is usually no pressing hazard. But if the material is damaged, your health could be jeopardized, and testing needs to occur.
This service can be conducted at the time of a standard home inspection by a third-party specialist. The chimney will be evaluated for damage, buildup of creosote, and other issues that could cause the chimney to function inefficiently or to be a potential safety hazard.
This is another inspection service that can be conveniently scheduled along with your Buyer’s Inspection to be conducted by a third-party specialist. A Sewer Scope utilizes a small, specialized camera that can line-fed into a sewer system to check for damage that could pose an environmental hazard—and cost future homeowners thousands.
Underground Oil Tank Sweep
Underground oil tanks are commonplace in the Northeast, but prospective home-buyers (and sometimes even the individual selling a home) are often not aware of their existence. If these tanks are leaking, it can be a huge environmental issue, and an expensive problem to fix for the current property owner. For this inspection service, a local specialist will determine whether or not an oil tank is buried somewhere on the property. This service can be scheduled at the same time as a Buyer’s Inspection.
Proudly Serving Northern New Jersey
We offer dependable home inspections to Essex, Passaic, Middlesex, Morris, Hunterdon, and Somerset counties.
At GDB Home Inspections, we don’t let details slip through the cracks when we inspect a home—whether those details happen to pertain to major issues or to minor inconveniences that will cost the home-buyer over time if left unaddressed. Contact us today to request an appointment.
GBD HOME INSPECTIONS
Ask about our discounts for active-duty military, veterans, first responders, repeat clients, and single parents. Home inspections start at $400.
Weekend appointments are available by request. We accept online payments. GDB Home Inspections is fully licensed and insured for your peace of mind and protection.