Are you looking for a full home inspection or something more specific? I have you covered with inspection services ranging from standard home inspections to home warranty inspections, 4-point home inspections, pre-drywall inspections, testing for radon gas, and more. Gain greater peace of mind and clarity when buying a home, or ensure a smooth transaction with maximum return when selling your home.
Purchasing a new home also means buying that home's problems. With a pre-purchase home inspection you can see exactly what you're buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars. I'll even help you become familiar with the property.View Details
Sometimes selling your home can be just as much of a roller coaster as buying one. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help ensure a quick and smooth transaction. You can enter the selling process with confidence that there won't be any nasty surprises. You'll also avoid delays, which could last for weeks or even months.View Details
An annual home maintenance inspection will help to identify potential problems before they can become major financial or safety issues. With a trained eye, I know where and how to look for problems that might go unnoticed for years. A home maintenance inspection covers common problem areas including the roof and attic, basement and foundation, grading and drainage, electrical systems, water heating systems, and much more.View Details
Don't release your builder from their warranty until you've had your home thoroughly examined by an experienced inspector. An end of home warranty inspection is a great opportunity to fix problems from faulty workmanship or materials — problems the builder should be accountable for. Many items I find are difficult to notice and could become a major safety or financial concern over time, leaving you to deal with the mess.View Details
A 4-point inspection is often required by insurance companies for homeowners insurance policies, typically for older homes. The 4-point inspection is shorter than a full home inspection and assesses the condition of four vital systems of the home: HVAC (air conditioning and heating), roof, plumbing, and electrical.View Details
A pre-drywall inspection is a great tool to ensure that your home is built to its specifications. During this phase of construction, many important items have been put in place — such as the structure, doors, windows, roof components, etc — but have not yet been obscured by drywall. Issues discovered at this phase are often easier and less expensive to correct than if they were discovered later on.
For those who are looking to save money and go with something more casual, I offer "Walk and Talk Inspections." For approximately half the cost of a regular home inspection, I can tour the home with you and address high-interest topics such as the structure, roof, mechanicals, electrical, and so on. A Walk and Talk Inspection does not include a report or photos, but it does provide you with more information to make an educated offer on the property.
Radon is a naturally produced, radioactive gas — and the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarettes. Radon gas can enter your home through the foundation and collect in the basement. A radon test will help to protect your family by checking for hazardous concentrations. If levels are too high, then a radon mitigation system should be installed.View Details
Just like any big investment, the prospect of buying a home can be scary. My goal is to provide you with the best information possible so you can relax knowing you made the right decision. But no matter who you hire, your home inspector is only human. That's why I proudly participate in the Home Buyback Guarantee, backed by InterNACHI. If I miss anything, InterNACHI will buy your home for whatever price you paid for it. Find more information on the buyback program, including terms and conditions.
Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. I can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.
Inside Out Home Inspector provides professional home inspection services in Central Maryland including Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Columbia, Laurel, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Bowie, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Silver Spring, Crofton, Gambrills, and Clarksville. Not sure if that's you? Give me a call at (443) 559-7028 or send me an email.