At RIDGE House Inspection, I specialize in residential home inspections. Home inspections are my only business. My clients can be certain of my allegiance and concern for their best interests because I am committed to working solely on their behalf. I promise to act fairly and impartially to provide an informative, unbiased, objective and honest report because I do not offer repairs, maintenance work, or sell any products. I strictly avoid any conflict of interest, and will not recommend any contractor, remodeler or other person to perform work on a home that I have inspected.
New Jersey Home Inspector License GI018500 – Kenneth Salvo
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®)Member #102121
Licensed N.J.D.E.P. Radon Measurement Specialist #MET10510
Licensed N.J.D.E.P. Pesticide Applicator #27150A
Ken Salvo, Owner
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Why do you need a home inspection?
RIDGE House Inspections, LLC wants to help you minimize surprises, so you can make a confident decision when you’re considering the purchase of a home. Let me give you my professional, experienced opinion on the condition of the property before you buy, so you’ll be better prepared to make an informed purchase decision.
If you’re a homeowner that is thinking of selling your home, my inspection will help you to learn about any items needing repair before you list your property, and this can help you to obtain the best market price possible.
To learn more about the home inspection process, click here for a virtual tour provided by ASHI®.
When do I Call to Schedule An Inspection?
After you’ve made an offer on a house, your attorney will usually include an “inspection clause” in the purchase contract. This clause generally says that your purchase is contingent upon a home inspection report, verifying that the house has no major deficiencies, and allows a specified period of time (usually 10-14 days) for you to have a home inspection performed. Once the “attorney review” of the contract is completed, it’s time to call Ken Salvo at RIDGE House Inspections, LLC to set up an inspection appointment. I will schedule a convenient date and time for the inspection – well within the time frame allowed in your contract. Both morning and afternoon appointments are available.
Please Accompany Me During the Inspection
I always prefer that the prospective home buyer be present at the inspection. You are invited and strongly encouraged to bring a pad and pencil and join me on my journey around the home. I promise to answer your questions about the systems and components in the home, and discuss their condition and operation. You’ll become more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the house during this unbiased, careful, evaluation of the property. The insight gained from this involvement can be invaluable during your decision making process. We’ll also talk about maintenance tips which will help you keep your home in top condition for years to come.
What I Inspect
I’m a one-man shop, unlike some multi-inspector firms where you can’t be sure of the qualifications or ability of the inspector that is sent out on the day of your inspection. Not all inspectors are created equal, and many lack experience, have not received adequate training, and are short on continuing education and qualifications.
As president of RIDGE House Inspections, LLC you will be working directly with me, Ken Salvo, as I inspect your prospective home. I’ve inspected thousands of homes since 1993, and I’ll systematically do a non-intrusive, visual inspection of the home–from roof to foundation–searching for indicators of any defective components.
The inspection will be performed in conformance with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety – Division of Consumer Affairs Statutes and Regulations as established by the Home Inspection Advisory Committee. This is not an appraisal or a municipal code inspection. After checking the exterior, siding, grading, foundation walls, roof, driveway, deck, etc. we’ll move inside. Here, we’ll examine the visible portions of the structure, including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. The heating, air-conditioning*, plumbing, and electrical systems will all be examined to insure that they function as intended. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms receive a thorough check, along with the attic and basement or crawl space. Here’s a partial list of the items we’ll be evaluating:
Foundation and support structure
Electrical capacity & components
Steps and stairs
Central Air Conditioning system*
Walks and driveways
Plumbing system & fixtures
Windows & doors
Gutters & downspouts
* When outdoor temperature is above 65 degrees.
• Radon gas testing
• Wood boring inspect inspection and report
(Note: Radon testing services are provided in association with Radiation Data, a NJDEP certified measurement business)
Both the State of New Jersey and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®) have established significant standards of practice for the home inspection industry. RIDGE House Inspections, LLC acknowledges responsibility for providing an inspection that meets or exceeds these standards. In addition, Ken Salvo, President of RIDGE House Inspections, LLC. believes in pursuing education on a continuing basis, to remain up-to-date with the latest advances in building materials and components. Each year Ken attends numerous training courses and seminars and far exceeds the minimum 20 hours of continuing education that is required by both ASHI and the New jersey Home Inspection Advisory Committee. Here are just some of Ken’s accomplishments:
2006-2010 Board of Directors member – American Society of Home Inspectors – ASHI® Certified Member #102121 – Ken Salvo
2004 recipient of the ASHI® Philip C. Monahon award for exemplary contributions to the home inspection profession.
2004 Certificate in Historic Preservation from Drew University
2003-2005 Immediate Past President of the Garden State Chapter of ASHI® and Chapter Representative to ASHI® National
2002-2003 ASHI® national Education committee chairman
2001-2003 President of the Garden State Chapter of ASHI® and Chapter Representative to ASHI® National
1999 – 2001 Vice President of the Garden State Chapter of ASHI® and Chapter Representative to ASHI® National
1997-1998 Treasurer of the Garden State Chapter of ASHI®
2004-2010 Historical Society of the Somerset Hills – Board of Trustee Member
Successfully passed a series of comprehensive and technical ASHI® exams.
Completed Rutgers University / New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE) Radon Measurement Proficiency
Courses as well as all continuing eduation requirements – Licensed N.J. Radon Measurement Technician #10510
Completing NJDEPE courses, exams and continuing education requirements – Licensed N. J. Commercial Pesticide Applicator #27150
Completed the Morris County College Building Inspector/Construction Code courses and National Certification exams governing the building, electrical and mechanical systems of one & two family dwellings.
Completed the Somerset County Technical Institute Construction Materials & Procedures course.
Member – Somerville, N.J. – American Red Cross Building Damage Assessment Team
Regularly attends the annual National ASHI® educational conferences throughout the country, and all monthly ASHI® chapter seminars
Our Customer Satisfaction Pledge
RIDGE House Inspections, LLC and Ken Salvo will be here for you after the inspection as well. If you ever need an unbiased opinion or advice about a maintenance item in your home, just call us at (908) 221-9444. There is never a charge for this service.
The Written Report
Within 24-48 hours after the inspection* you’ll receive, via e-mail, your comprehensive, easy to understand narrative report (click here to view a sample report). The report is plainly written and restates the conditions that were discussed during the inspection. It provides concise, practical information and details the condition of the home and its major systems on the day of the inspection. The report will itemize any major repairs, which are needed in the very near future, and minor repairs, which can be postponed for a while. The report may also recommend that you contact one or more specialists for a more detailed check of a component or system, when this is deemed necessary.
Every home has its strong and weak points, and the home inspection will zero-in on the positive as well as negative aspects. I will give you the straight facts about the conditions in the home – calmly and objectively – and keep them in perspective.
My Code of Ethics
Home inspections are my only business, and the only payment I receive for the inspection is from my client. Referral fees are neither paid nor accepted by Ridge Home Inspection, Inc. from companies that refer clients to me or from companies that would like to offer other specialist services to my clients. As a result, my clients can be certain of both my allegiance and concern from their best interests because I am committed to work solely on their behalf. I will act fairly and impartially to provide an informative, unbiased, objective and honest report because I do not offer repairs, maintenance work, or sell any products. I strictly avoid any conflicts of interest, and will not recommend any contractor, remodeler or other person to perform work on a home that I have inspected.
Finally — CLOSING DAY!
Lastly, most contracts of sale allow for a buyer to “walk-through” the property, prior to closing. A home buyer should not skip this important final step in the buying process. The home is now uncluttered, and this unobstructed view may uncover previously undetected, concealed, conditions, or conditions that may have changed since the original home inspection. Consult with your real estate agent or attorney for guidance.
* 3rd party radon lab test results are mailed directly to you when available – usually within 3-4 days after completion of the radon test period. Be sure to share these results with your attorney.
What Will it Cost?
The home inspection fee varies depending upon the size of the house, its age, and additional services which may be requested as noted below. Just call with the details of your inspection needs, and we’ll provide you with the total cost of services. It’s as simple as that. Our sensible, competitive fees are based on the size of the home to be inspected and any additional services requested, not the selling price. Keep in mind that the knowledge gained from the home inspection is always well worth the cost. The lowest priced inspector is not necessarily the best value, and the purchase of a home is most certainly the largest investment you’ll ever make. My experience, training, and communications skills will help to make the home inspection process both enlightening and informative.
As I am a licensed pesticide applicator, upon request, I can also perform a wood destroying insect inspection at the home. I will be looking for readily visible signs of termites, carpenter ants, beetles and carpenter bees. I will then provide you with the documentation usually required by your lender.
You might also request that I perform a radon gas screening. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils everywhere, and it is the single greatest environmental health hazard. It is a colorless and odorless gas that seeps from the soil into homes through cracks and other openings in the foundation or through floors and walls in contact with the soil. Exposure to radon causes lung cancer, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recommends that all homeowners test their homes for radon, as radon problems can be fixed. (For more information on radon, visit: the NJDEP website).
Radon levels can be determined by special tests. As a NJDEP licensed radon measurement technician, I can place a measurement device in the lowest livable level of the home, usually the basement, and arrange to retrieve it in 2-5 days. I’ll use an NJDEP approved Charcoal Absorption Canister Device to measure the radon gas level. Sampling is simple and reliable. The canister is sent to a state certified laboratory for analysis, and results are usually e-mailed to you within 3-4 days after completion of the test.
Oftentimes, if radon levels are above the state guideline of 4.0 pCi/I (Picocuries per liter) the seller is required to remediate the home, as part of their contractual agreement. Check with your legal advisor.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is strongly recommended that trade specialists be consulted prior to closing on items that are included as part of a professional home inspection. Excluded systems and components such as: mold discovery, mold analysis or removal, underground oil tanks, underground wastewater disposal (Septic) systems, in-ground pools, security systems, lead paint testing, asbestos testing, etc. These items and systems require specialized equipment and expert knowledge beyond the scope of a professional home inspection.