Home Inspections

James N. Donohue, PE is a NJ Licensed Structural Engineer and New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector and is the chief home inspector for JN Donohue Associates. He has performed over 7,500 residential home inspections over the past 22 years. The home inspection includes evaluation of all components of the dwelling and lot, including: lot improvements, exterior elements such as siding, windows, roof, garage, the building structure including foundation walls and wood framing, electric system, heat and air conditioning systems, plumbing, bathrooms and kitchen, interior elements, appliances, and Wood Destroying Insect inspection. Additionally, a Radon test will be performed at most homes. Your home inspection will be as thorough as possible and will be conducted in accordance with the New Jersey Standards of Practice for home inspections. Our home inspections are many times more thorough and comprehensive than the minimum required by the state standards. In addition, being a Licensed Structural Engineer allows James N. Donohue to conduct a free structural evaluation with every home inspection. That is, if structural defects are discovered the home inspection report will quantify the defect and specify the most structurally sound and most cost-effective solution for the defect.

Additionally, Mr. Donohue has also performed over 3,000 structural evaluations of residential and commercial facilities including: foundation wall defect analysis, retaining wall analysis, concrete slab crack and settle, wooden structure analysis including sagging, bulging, thrusting, water penetration issues, and other modes of failure. As necessary, repair specifications were included with each structural evaluation report to direct contractors in the best method of repair.

Mr. Donohue earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering with specialty in Structures and Construction Engineer from Rutgers University College of Engineering in 1982. He was granted membership into Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. He holds New Jersey professional registrations as a NJ Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), NJ Licensed Home Inspector, NJDEP Radon Measurement Technician, and NJDEP Licensed Wood Destroying Insect Inspector. He is also affiliated with several professional associations including NJ-ALPHI (Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors).

Mr. Donohue stays up to date on all new developments in the industry by taking continuing education classes in all four of his licensed disciplines. This includes 20 hours of continuing education in engineering and 20 hours of continuing education in home inspection per year. Hundreds of hours of continuing education have been completed to date to maintain cutting edge knowledge and assuring you a quality home inspection and/or structural evaluation.