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Home Inspection Advisory Committee

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  1. What is a "home inspection?"

    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.2(4): A home inspection means a visual, functional, non-invasive inspection conducted for a fee or any other consideration and performed without moving personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, or debris, using the mandatory equipment and including the preparation of a home inspection report of the readily accessible elements of the following components of a residential building: structural components, exterior components, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, cooling system, interior components, insulation components and ventilation system, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, or any other related residential housing component as determined by the Board, in consultation with the Committee, by rule, but excluding recreational facilities and outbuildings other than garages or carports.

  2. What is a "home inspection report?"

    A home inspection report means a written report prepared for a fee or any consideration by a home inspector which discloses those systems and components which are designated for inspection and are present at the time of the inspection, as well as those which are present at the time of the home inspection but are not inspected and the reason(s) they are not inspected. A home inspection report also describes systems and components; states what material defects are found in systems or components; states the significance of findings: and provides recommendations regarding the need to repair, replace or monitor a system or component, or to obtain examination and analysis by a qualified professional, tradesman or service technician. as specified.

  3. As a home inspector do I need an identification card?

    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.9, an 11 licensed home inspectors shall, during the performance of a home inspection, carry an identification card issued by the Committee which contains the name, photograph, license number and signature of the person to whom the identification card has been issued.

  4. What are the standards of practice as a home inspector?

    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.16(c)1, an 11 home inspector shall inspect the following systems and components in residential buildings and other related residential housing components: structural, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, interior, insulation components and ventilation system, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances.

  5. What are the Committee's advertising requirements?

    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.18( c), all advertising by a home inspector, other than radio and television advertising, shall include the name of the home inspector; the words "Home Inspector License Number" or "Home Inspector Lic.#" , followed by the license number of the home inspector; and the business address of the home inspector, including the street name and number. Post office box numbers shall not be used as a form of business address.

Licensing Questions

  1. Where can I find a home inspector application and instructions?

    On the Home Inspection Advisory Committee website, under Applications & Forms.

  2. What is the Committee's application process in order to become licensed as a home inspector?

    An applicant for licensure as a home inspector must submit an application to the Board's (State Board of Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor) office and pay the appropriate application fee. In addition, an applicant must have successfully completed an approved course of study of 180 hours, which shall include not less than 40 hours of unpaid field-based training inspections performed in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector, which inspections shall be provided by the school providing the approved course of study. Finally, the applicant must have successfully passed the national home inspector examination and have an errors and omissions insurance policy in the minimum amount of $500,000 per occurrence.

  3. If I am already licensed in another state as a home inspector, am I automatically licensed in New Jersey?

    Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:8-71a, upon payment to the Board of a fee and the submission of a written application provided by the Board, the Committee shall issue a home inspector's license to any person who holds a valid license issued by another state or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia, which has standards substantially equivalent to those of this State, as determined by the Committee.

Last Modified: 5/21/2019 11:04 AM