Actually, it is called Certificate of Continued Occupancy. The
inspection is required each time ownership changes. If it's a rental,
the inspection is required for each new tenant (unless the previous one
has been there for under one year. It looks for smoke and CO detectors;
6" house numbers (the setback throughout the town for the house is 75'
from the curb); steps & landings; railings; washer/drier discharge and
venting; doors ("Front door must have a thumb latch lock from the
interior, keyed cylinders from the interior are not allowed"); heating
unit must be operational; garage (no extension cords for the opener, and
the door to the house must be maintained in operative condition; roof;
stove/range; floors (free of tripping hazards); plumbing; electrical;
yard & Property; fences, general conditions, fire extinguishers (2A-10BC
and not weigh more than 10 lbs.)
The inspection costs $155 in Manalapan. It's all part of what I call
Manalapan's Exit Tax. In adjacent Marlboro, it's $135.
As I write this, the town's server is down, so I can't give you a link.
We have a simple system where I live. Works like this:
Sell house -- move out
Buy house -- move in.
No money involved.
When I bought the house I did my own inspection and it passed. The
buyer of my old house did the same.
something call Sidelight Solutions, which is a film that sticks by
clinging, not adhesives. It doesn't show up on its website, but here it is:
Costs about $18 for a 1' x 6' film, plus extra for the application
solution and the helper tools (you can use ordinary household items as
The before and after pictures appear here:
I replaced the original 8" x 36" safety tempered glass with
polycarbonate/Lexan -- boy, does it scratch easily, even with gentle
cleaning -- to prevent easy breakage and someone reaching in and opening
I found a product in Home Depot from a company called artscape.
I chose the Texture Twelve pattern. Costs $20 for a 24 x 36" sheet,
which includes a squeegee to push the bubbles out to the edges. Went on
Thanks, everyone, for your valuable suggestions.
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