Other than being required by the state there are several health implications due to lead-based paint for all ages. According to the EPA children ages, six and under are at the most risk for lead exposure. The most common means of a child is lead dust.
Our inspectors will perform a visual inspection of the entire property. Upon successful completion of the property we will take non intrusive dust samples from the interior of the home. A minimum of one sample is required per living space. More samples may be required based on window locations and age of window. Once the samples are taken they are sent to a local accredited lab and tests are emailed to the inspector.
Keep in mind your inspection is as only as good as the inspector’s ability to communicate their knowledge to you. Look for a professional attitude, good communication skills, and concise well-written reports (my reports contain pictures of the issues to help you understand what these issues are). They are written in easy-to-understand language. As of 2008, Maryland home inspectors are required to be licensed by the state (currently Virginia and Washington, d.c.do not require such licensing). If your inspector does not have this license, your inspection may be invalid. To see if your inspector is licensed in the state of Maryland, click here. An inspector should have been trained by a reputable school and belong to quality associations for continuing education.
Whatever you do, don’t let the cost be the deciding factor in whether or not to have an inspection, or in the selection of your inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. This is one time the old adage “You get what you pay for” is true and it ultimately could cost you more. For each home inspection company, it is different. Some companies base their prices on the purchase price of the property, others price their inspections based on the square footage of the properties, the age of the home, particular features including decks, fireplaces, and the number of systems (furnaces, air conditioning units, etc.) that are present.
A Thorough Home Inspection is time-based and calculated by square footage and a number of systems checked. We believe it is the fairest way to access our fees. You will find us very competitive for a quality inspection.
Not only is it required by most lenders, but it can save you a lot of heartache and money down the road. Many homes, especially older homes are not up to today’s building standards and technically they may be exempt from those standards. Some may have safety issues that need to be addressed before you or your family move in. An inspection will point out all the positive and negative aspects of a home. Having a home inspection before you buy can help a buyer foresee and prepare for any unpleasant and costly repairs as well as address any health or safety concerns.
An inspection is not a guarantee, certification, appraisal, or warranty of any kind. Nor will the home inspector give estimates for or to do repairs on the property; this is in conflict with Maryland law.
An inspector will not do any destructive testing, remember this house does not belong to you nor to the inspector the goal is to leave it in the condition we found it in. Nor does an inspector have x-ray vision, we are trained to look for indications of concealed issues and use the most modern testing equipment, but we cannot see through coverings.
The inspector will not move any furniture or personal belongings to access any area of the property. In order to avoid costly damage and liability, there are certain things that a home inspector cannot do to a property.
An inspector will not light a pilot or start systems that are turned off. The inspector is also limited to the wishes of the current homeowner. The inspector cannot enter rooms, test appliances, etc., that the owner does not allow. (Issues such as this must be worked out between buyer and seller beforehand). This is not a code compliance inspection and we cannot offer code opinions.
My training was with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors which instructs compliance with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice which are more comprehensive than most state regulations.
The buyer and seller (with the help of a real estate agent, if necessary) should communicate about the arrangements for the inspection in order to prepare. Remember, this is your inspection and time for you and the inspector to evaluate the house, and be able to freely discuss what you are seeing without fear of hurting the seller’s feelings. The owner should make sure that there is access to the house and all areas inside the house. It is very important that the gas, water, and electricity are turned on, and there is access to an electric panel!
Number used for Maryland dept. of the environment to track landlords and their properties. Required in order to receive inspection certification.
New legislation put into place, as of August 1st 2018, states that all Baltimore City residential rental properties must pass inspection to operate as a rental. $1000 fines for homes not inspected will be beginning on January 1, 2019.
It is not required that you be present, but it certainly is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand.
No! A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines the market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. But rather, a home inspection is a description of its physical condition and an indication of what may need repair or replacement. There is no pass or fail.
Keep in mind that no house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found (an issue to discuss with your realtor). Any repairs or contract adjustments are completely up to the home buyer/seller/owner and not the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
Your report will be available to you online through our protected portal to view or print within 24 hrs at the time of inspection. A hard-bound copy will also be available. We realize that sometimes time constraints make it necessary for a faster turn around and we will make every effort to meet your schedule.
The amount of time for an inspection varies based on the number of systems to be inspected, the size, and the condition of the property. We recommend setting aside anywhere from 3 to 3 1/2 hours for an average-size home and townhome and upwards of 7 hours for larger homes. We will not rush an inspection. We are there for your benefit and want to give you the most professional inspection possible.
Call this number 410-537-3825