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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. We want to provide information to make the best decision for you and your family.

What is included in the home inspection report?

The standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system (temperature permitting); central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior and exterior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

The International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines the minimum standards for a home inspection. As a home inspection company that strives for excellence, we go well beyond these minimum standards.

How much does a home inspection cost?

It depends who you hire. Some home inspection companies may upcharge based on the location and/or selling price of the home. In addition, many home inspection companies advertise the national average instead of their average.

We base our pricing on:
1) Type of home - single family, townhouse, condominium
2) Age of home - older homes generally have more deficiencies/issues/concerns
3) Square footage - including unfinished square footage and garages

We strongly advise not basing your home inspection based on cost. Saving $50 on a home inspection may cost you more after you move in!

How long does a home inspection take?

It depends on the size and condition of the home. A typical home inspection should take 2-2.5 hours for a condo, and 3 - 3.5 hours for a townhouse and 3 - 4 hours for a single family home.

Should I attend the home inspection?

Yes, we would like you to attend for at least the last 30 minutes. Whether you attend the full inspection or just the last 30 minutes, we will walk the entire property with you and review our findings and highlight the positives of the home.

We are respectful of your time, so we let you choose whether to attend the full inspection.

Can the house fail the home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

What if there are problems found from the home inspection?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.

The house is in great condition/new/just remodeled/beautiful/etc., do I need a home inspection?

Definitely. Home inspectors are trained to look for and identify current and potential. In addition, you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will have that information for future reference.

Do you walk the roof?

The state of Maryland does not require home inspectors to walk the roof, but we make our best effort to do so depending on safety, height, roof pitch, roof conditions, and weather conditions.

Our inspectors will at minimum view from a ladder and use high powered binoculars.

When will I get the home inspection report?

We do our best to email a full color PDF document with pictures within 24 hours.

How can I pay for my home inspection?

We accept checks in person and credit cards at the inspection or over the phone.