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• Monday, January 23rd, 2012

As the new year has begun people should be thinking about the necessary home maintenance their homes need. Home maintenance is not something to think about only when you purchased your home, but on a yearly (or more) basis. Fireplaces, water heaters, HVAC systems, roofs, foundations, windows etc. the list can get quite extensive.

A professional home inspection performed by a certified and licensed Maryland Home Inspector can also be an extremely valuable tool for any property owner. Having a home inspection performed every few years (especially on older homes) can save you a great deal of money down the road as well as provide you with safety and peace of mind.

Every year or even more often you go to the doctor for a routine physical (checkup). You often go to the dentist to be sure everything is ok and to prevent any unforeseen problems. You even bring your car in for routine maintenance. You also do all of these things for all the members in your family, and even pets, so why not your home.

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• Sunday, December 04th, 2011

Whether you need a Full Home Inspection, a Mold Test, Radon Test, Safety/maintenance Inspection or any other type of Home Inspection choosing the right Inspector can be a daunting task. There are several factors to consider when selecting your Home Inspector and price is really on the bottom of that list. Your home or prospective new home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, so this is not the time to try and save 50 bucks. This is the time to find the best possible Inspector for your Inspection needs. Many different issues can arise during an inspection such as apparent mold, radon gas, asbestos, poor air quality just to name a few. At Maryland Home Inspection Services we are committed to providing you with the ability to handle all of these tests in one trip if the need arises. We also do not rely on Real Estate Agents for our work as we feel that many agents have only one thing on their agenda, and that is to sell the home at any cost. We do not have that agenda as our agenda and job is to provide each and every client with a comprehensive and detailed report of the conditions of their property at the time of the inspection with a zero regard for the sale or non sale of the property. Isn’t this what you want in a professional unbiased inspection? I mean you have an agent that will tell you everything is just great or a cheap easy fix if that’s what you want to hear. But if you are looking for a true, unbiased,evaluation then you need to choose an independent, Licensed and competent Inspector.

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• Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Before I get to deep I want to get something straight. Yes there are still some very good Real Estate Agents that do a great job and genially care that their clients get a good deal for their money and possess the skills and integrity necessary to help their clients get the “best bang for their buck” and not get into a bad situation. I personally work with a few of these good agents and have the utmost respect for them. We work well together as they are not like many of the others. That being said there are many agents that have only one thing on their agenda, and that is to close the deal no matter what. Some of these agents will go as far as to contact the inspector after the inspection is completed and the report is done and tell them to change or even omit something if they feel that item or comment may jeopardize their sale.

Agents are there to help their clients find the right fit for their needs and at the right price, location, area and other specifics. The agent is nota professionally trained Home Inspector and should leave that task to the professionals that are trained and continue to train and learn each and everyday. There are professional Home Inspector Organizations such as InterNACHI (International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors) that require all their members to take continuing education courses in all the different components that make up your home and
successfully pass exams on these subjects. There is also special training and certifications for of the necessary procedures needed to perform a thorough and professional Home Inspection. Some of these include (but are not limited to) Radon Gas Testing, Mold Testing, Energy Audits, just to name a few.

I recently performed an inspection for a very nice family that was referred to me by an agent that I have gotten a few other referrals from in the past. We have had words and disagreements before but never to the extent that we just had regarding this last inspection. To make a long story short, this house had all the typical deficiencies that many older homes have such as needing some minor wood trim repairs, new screen door, a few new switches, outlets, caulking etc… all normal issues. OK the big kicker is that the house has some severe Bio -Growth in 4 separate visible areas. I am not talking about a small 3″x3″ area, I am talking about areas that are approxinmently 8’x8′ in area. Also we found a few foundation wall cracks and a few actual holes in the roof where you can see the sky from inside of the attic in several areas. OK so we write up our very detailed report (including pictures) and make the recommendation to our client that these major concerns should be Further evaluated prior to settlement. This is a common recommendation for such a serious safety concern. We wouldn’t want anyone to find out after the fact that they cannot afford to remedy these issues and have no way out of a very physically unsafe condition as well as an unrealistic monetary hardship.

OK well I get a call after the agent saw the report and she was screaming at me and telling me that I need to take that out of the report because it may kill the deal. She continues with a bunch of ridicules threats and screaming, then hangs up the phone. About an hour later I receive an email from her. This was the kicker. She actually put into writing that she has used other inspectors that would change their reports after SHE tells them to? Now that in itself is quite disturbing “If it is true”. I personally know of no Professional Full Time Inspector that would sacrifice their license, livelihood, and integrity just so some agent can make a sale. She also goes on to say that I neglected to bring up this serious issue during the inspection. Now this made me laugh because not only did I bring it up to my clients, I showed them the holes in the roof, walked them outside to show them the foundation crack, and discussed the mold and the options for testing it and then explained the remediation process to them. All this time the agent was making phone calls, and doing who knows what, but certainly not attending to the inspection at hand. The last thing she writes about is that I spend to much time on inspections talking to the clients. I find this hilarious as every client I do inspections for love the education I give them about their possible new home and also about building structures and systems in general. If they don’t want to learn they tell me so, it’s not up to nor should have anything to do with the agent the amount of information I give to the clients.

OK well my rant is over and I hope that at least some people get the drift here and when searching for a Professional Home Inspector do a bit of research and choose who they feel most comfortable with and not just who their agent recommends. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make and is in no way the time to go with simply the cheapest inspector nor the only one your agent tells you to. Open your eyes people.

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• Friday, October 14th, 2011

Ok the long, hot summer has come to an end here in Maryland. When is the last time
you had your house professionally checked out ?

Maryland, DC and Virginia are areas that are known to have high Radon Gas levels,
when was the last time you had your house checked for radon Gas Levels?

How is the air quality that you breath in your home ? when was the last time you had
the quality of the air you breath tested ?

Do you have any moisture leaks ? when was the last time you had a through mold test performed ?

What is the overall condition of your home ?


• Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Well I am very excited today as the mail just arrived and a special package came. My new Commonwealth of Virginia License !!! Yuppers, that’s right I am now expanding our Home Inspection services to include the state of Virginia. This now completes our Maryland, DC and Virginia Home Inspection coverage.

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• Saturday, September 03rd, 2011

What a busy Radon Testing week we had last week. It seems that the publics awareness regarding the health risks associated with Radon Gas is becoming more and more of a concern. Radon is a deadly Cancer causing gas that is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer 2nd only to smoking. We perform professional, accurate and affordable Radon Testing for all of Maryland. We have been through extensive Radon testing training and are fully certified to perform Radon Testing in Maryland If you would like to learn more about what Radon is and what we can do for you then please,

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• Monday, August 01st, 2011

The American dream of buying or selling a home will probably be the biggest and best investment you will ever make. The small price of a professional Maryland Home inspection can provide you help in making an informed and wise decision on your purchase. A professional home inspection performed by a certified and licensed Maryland Home Inspector can also be an extremely valuable tool for any property owner. Having a home inspection performed every few years (especially on older homes) can save you a great deal of money down the road as well as provide you with safety and peace of mind.

Many home buyers have no idea what a good home inspector is, does, or should be. By no means are all home inspectors the same. There are many degrees of home inspectors ranging from the “new kid” on the block to the “veteran old timers”.

The new kid may be ok as an inspector but he also may be very “new” and thus lack in the experience and knowledge necessary to give a full, well rounded complete and thorough professional home inspection. The new kid may also be a part timer that is simply doing home inspections for a bit of spare spending money and lack the sincerity and dedication that you are really looking for in a home inspection.

The Veteran old timer who has been in the business much longer will most likely possess more knowledge (especially of older systems) in a home. They will have also seen more deficiencies and defects and be able to pick up on a greater amount of these issues.

If you are looking for a qualified veteran Home Inspector In Maryland, I invite you to give me a call and see what sets us apart from the others.

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• Sunday, June 05th, 2011

After many years of performing Home Inspections in Maryland I have found that one of the most important things we can do for our customers is to be very flexible. Obviously we provide all of our Maryland Home Inspections in a very professional manner. We enjoy teaching our clients everything they need or want to know about their new properties and help them to understand the homes needs in regards to safety and maintenance requirements. We like to take our time with each client and never rush an inspection or an explanation. That being said we also try to accommodate all of the needs of not only our clients but also the agents and everyone else involved in the inspection process. This is why we do many of our inspections on weekends (Saturdays and even Sundays) so the client does not need to interrupt their normal weekday routine and can allot more time to the inspection thus gaining more important information regarding this major investment.

Whether we are performing a full home inspection, a yearly maintenance inspection, a safety inspection, a deck inspection, a radon test, a mold test or any other type of professional inspection we believe that taking the necessary time to perform the task and to fully go over it with the clients is a vital aspect of the complete package. We will never rush an inspection and seriously enjoy educating our clients throughout the whole process.

This is just one of the many things we offer all of our clients that helps to set us apart from other inspectors and provides our clients with the quality home inspection that they should receive and deserve.

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• Friday, May 27th, 2011

Today’s housing market is full of Bank-owned foreclosures as a result of the economy as well as many other factors. Most of these homes are being sold “As Is”. I am hearing from many clients that their agents are telling them that a Home Inspection is not necessary since the home is an “As Is”. This is absolutely absurd and wrong information to be telling the prospective buyers, as a matter of fact it is really the opposite in my opinion. Due to the fact that many of these homes have had their home maintenance neglected for sometime is even more cause and concern for a good thorough professional home inspection.

As a potential buyer of a foreclosed property which is not going to have much (if any) home maintenance information included with it, wouldn’t you want to know as much information about the condition of the property as you can? Wouldn’t you won’t to know how safe the property is? how many different items will need repairs or replacements right off the bat just to get the structure in good habitable and safe condition ? A professional Home Inspector won’t tell you exactly how much money the repairs will cost you, but they will be able to give you a very good report on the condition of the property so that you can use that information in making a better educated decision and assessment of the property. After having the Inspection and going over the report and discussing it with your inspector you will have a better understanding of the property and then can make a better educated choice of the direction you want to go. An “As Is” property can be a great way to go for some people and not the best way to go for others. Either way a professional Home Inspection is well worth the money and a very good starting point for such a large decision. I could go on and on about the reasons why ALL properties whether foreclosures or not should have a professional home inspection performed before buying it. As a matter of fact I really cannot think of even one reason why you should not have it inspected.

I think that any agent that advises their client not to have a home inspection before purchasing the property is giving wrong, bad and misguided information and is really only looking out for their own agenda of selling the home with no regard for the best interest of their client. As a Licensed, Professional, Certified Maryland Home Inspector I have only one agenda on my plate and that is to provide all my clients with the real deal regarding their potential new home. No sugar coating, no fluff, but the truth and nothing but the truth as that is what they are paying me for and what they expect and deserve. We go by a saying here “It Is What It Is”

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• Friday, May 20th, 2011

It seems that since the spring is here people here in Maryland are gearing up for the great fun that the good weather and friends bring. Lots of people seem to be getting their decks cleaned, stained, treated, and generally having them fixed up as they should do as a scheduled yearly safety maintenance program.

Here at Maryland Home Inspection Services we have many of our old customers as well as many new customers asking us to come out and do a thorough inspection of their decks. The few dollars that this costs can not only help to save from larger future repairs, but can also help to make it a safer summer for all.

There is much more to a safe deck then what most people see when they are standing on their decks. I encourage anyone who has a deck to have it Professionally Inspected by someone who is trained and certified in deck inspections.

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