We offer a variety of inspections tailored to meet your specific needs; whether you are insuring, buying, selling, or renting a property. A standard inspection is non-invasive and visual , usually takes about 2.5 hours, depending on the age and square footage of the property. Inspection fees are based on variables such as distance traveled, location, age and square footage of the property. I also provide a free telephone consultation after your inspection should you have any questions. Standard with every pre-purchase and pre-listing home inspection, you will receive the following value:
Free Energy Report - It takes a lot of energy to heat, cool, and operate a home... This Home Energy Report will give the homebuyer a quick understanding of:
1. How much the home will cost to operate
2. Where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in the home
3. What can be done to save energy and increase comfort
Pre-Purchase Home Inspection - Inspection and test of all major systems & components in a home being considered for purchase. A sample of our home inspection report is provided below.
Pre-Listing Home Inspection - A review of your existing home, which can help you sell it easier, faster, and more profitably by finding and addressing any issues before the home is listed. The median home value in Maryland is $250,000 with the average sellers credit to the buyer, after a home inspection is 3% ($7500 per home). Pre-listing inspections can uncover potential surprises/repairs that could derail a sale. Pre-listing inspections can expedite your home's sale and yield a greater sale price, mitigating any potential sellers credits to the buyer. If you have an inspection report or are otherwise assured your property is in great shape, you could even ask for an “as-is” clause in the contract. Though it’s not necessarily enforceable, it will send a strong message to buyers that you aren’t open to more negotiation; that the property has been inspected; and that you’ve done all you can to make its condition known to the buyer.
Rental Inspection - An independent home inspection ensures all systems are functioning, prior to taking ownership of rental property. This inspection Includes the 8 Points inspection in accordance with Baltimore County housing rental requirements. If you own a building in Baltimore County that contains six dwelling units or fewer that you intend to rent, each rental unit must be registered or approved for exemption by Baltimore County before tenants move in. If your property is not qualified for exemption, you must register it with Baltimore County then have it inspected. Additional info in my link section
New Construction Build Inspection - A 4 step independent home inspection throughout the build process to ensures all structure and systems are functioning, prior to release of each bank payment and taking ownership.
Pre-drywall Construction Inspection - An independent home inspection is completed after the plumbing and electric rough-in stage as it is intended to identify issues that may need correction before dry-wall is installed. A sample of this report is provided below.
Pre-walk-through Construction Inspection - An independent home inspection at time of closing ensures all systems are functioning, prior to taking ownership.
1-Year Warranty Point Inspection - Understand the status of your new home's major systems while taking advantage of your builder's warranty with a pre-point inspection.
Radon Testing -Radon inspections are conducted by appropriately licensed/certified personnel. Testing is the only way to know your exposure. Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present. Radon gas is one of the heaviest substances that remains a gas under normal conditions and is considered to be a health hazard. Radon is a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. Radon gas from natural sources can accumulate in buildings, especially in confined areas such as the basement. It can be found in some spring waters and hot springs. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is reportedly the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking; and radon-induced lung cancer the 6th leading cause of cancer death overall. According to the same sources, radon reportedly causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Because of this, radon mitigation systems can be life-savers.
Termite Testing - Termite damage far exceeds damage caused to homes by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding and is rarely covered by homeowner insurance policies. There are many species of wood destroying organisms such as termites. Early detection can save homeowners substantial repair costs. Termites are relatively common pests, which can cause structural damage to houses if left uncontrolled. Termites infest more than 600,000 homes each and every year, causing more damage than fires, storms or earthquakes — an estimated $5 billion in the United States alone. Our report outlines both any existing damage or infestations and areas that are liable to incur future infestations. Areas of concern include open access points in the foundation or lower levels of a home and significant moisture deposits. Professional pest control companies can then assist in correcting such areas that pose a threat of infestation if detected.
Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components included on the property as listed below and in accordance to the Minimum Standards of Practice as appearing on MD State's DLLR website.
Our areas of operation in Maryland include: