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• Sunday, July 28th, 2013

My clients are my livelihood. I respect their rights to privacy and respect the fact that it is I who serve them. They have entrusted me with their inspection, including ancillary services that may not be a part of a standard inspection. As such, I believe I owe my clients an absolute right to know that their personal and private information is safe with me.

Therefore, I promise that I will not provide to any third party any personal or private information (to include contact information) about my client(s) or the property I have inspected, in exchange for compensation of any kind (including but not limited to products, services, incentives, rebates, barter, cash, condition for use/participation, or consideration) that I might receive, either directly or indirectly, from anyone.

I also promise that my inspection agreement will not include any clause(s) or language that could, in any way, be considered by anyone to waive any rights of privacy that my client might have, inclusive of any waiver of rights or restrictions relative to telephone contacts, e-mail communication, or solicitations from commercial and private enterprises of any type whatsoever.

The client has the right to know, ultimately, who they are entering into agreement with and how that may affect their rights to privacy. I stand by these principles. I therefore acknowledge that if I willfully violate this pledge, it may be construed as misuse and may also constitute false and misleading marketing or advertising. I take my clients rights to privacy quite seriously, and this is My Pledge.

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• Wednesday, July 03rd, 2013

The following article and information comes from some good friends and acquaintances of mine. All of them are seasoned inspectors with the highest level of skill and professional integrity. The purpose of this new movement is to protect the personal and private information of all our clients. Please take a few minutes to read the article before choosing a home inspector.

The original article can be found here: www.thehelpfulhomeinspector.com/?p=305

Is Your Home Inspector Selling Your Personal Information?

Under the guise of “helping an inspector to grow his business”, alarm systems salesmen have involved themselves with the home inspection industry in such a way that home buyers who hire a home inspector in certain instances have, at the same time, opened their doors to every provider of home alarm systems and a variety of sales tactics — some legitimate, some not — to sell them a home alarm system.

Inspectors who enter into certain contracts with certain vendors for products and services that – on their surfaces – appear to be inspection related are required to add language to their inspection agreements that, when signing the inspection agreement to hire the inspector to inspect a home, home buyers are also waiving their rights of protection from any “no call list” they may have enrolled in to protect themselves from unwanted solicitations. Their home inspection agreements are also, under this language, blanket permission for their personal information to be provided to unnamed third parties of infinite number for unnamed purposes, indefinitely.

In exchange for this, home inspectors are being offered compensation in various forms. In all cases, inspectors are allowed to access products and services that appear to be inspection related at deep discounts in exchange for meeting or exceeding quotas for minimum numbers of clients and private data that the inspector provides to alarm systems lead brokers. In some cases, inspectors are paid cash kickbacks (referred to as “commissions”) when the home buyer purchases an alarm system from one of the providers.

Some vendors of various home inspection products and services are now linking together and linking themselves directly to alarm systems salesmen so that private information from participating inspectors can be immediately gleaned from home inspection reports, inspector scheduling systems and various other products and sold directly to alarm systems lead brokers.

Attorney generals offices and BBBs from around the country are being buried in complaints from home owners who are on “no call lists” but still being hounded by telemarketers from alarm systems sales companies and door-to-door salesmen using a variety of deceptive means to install these systems. When it becomes public knowledge that home inspectors are their main sources for contact information and for the means of providing the “no call list” override — the home inspection industry is destined to bear the same stigma and bad will being generated.

There is a need at the state level to require licensed home inspectors to be prohibited from providing private information about their clients to any third party for any type of compensation, directly or indirectly.

There should be no contract language in an inspection agreement that allows anyone outside of the real estate transaction to have access to any information that the inspector gathers in the course of serving his client.

There should be no contract language in an inspection agreement that allows any unnamed third party the ability to tele-market or otherwise solicit the home inspector’s client or that can be construed to override any “no call list” that the client has used to protect himself from solicitors.

Home inspectors should be prohibited from contracting with any company or vendor that purchases or otherwise uses or transfers his clients’ personal information to someone else for the purpose of selling home alarm systems.

This needs to be done immediately to protect the consumer as well as the home inspection industry.

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• Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When it comes to some things, bigger is not always bigger.I am referring to Professional Home Inspections. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make and you want it to be the correct decision. To aid in making this decision you need to have a very good detailed, unbiased professional Home Inspection. This is not the time to just call some big impersonal company just because they can get to you that someday. You may call up a company and feel great about the person on the phone, but is that really the inspector that is going to inspect your investment? or is that person simply a great salesman on the phone.

Here at Maryland Home Inspection Services we pride ourselves on giving the personal touch you deserve. Sure we have multiple inspectors when necessary, but the inspector you speak with on the phone or email with that you feel comfortable with will always be the lead inspector on your Inspection. So once you are ready to have your inspection performed do a little shopping and remember the biggest is not the always best.

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• Thursday, May 31st, 2012

OK don’t get me wrong, there are always a “few” exceptions to every rule, so that being said please read on.

We all know or should know that the home inspection is one of the most important steps before buying a home. For home buyers, it may be grounds for negotiating price offers, renovations, or necessary fixes. As a fairly comprehensive diagnostic test on the condition of your future home, it is designed to educate both buyers and sellers about deficiencies and problems that should be taken care of to prevent long-term damage. Some issues require immediate attention, and others may be grounds for negotiating fixes prior to moving in.

A Home Inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.

A Home Inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on a visual observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection, and not the prediction of future conditions.

A Home Inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date and time of the inspection.

OK so today I had a realtor send me an email which was cancelling an Inspection which I had all set up with the buyer. I was going to perform a complete thorough Home Inspection in Maryland which was to include a Radon Gas test as well as a WDI (wood destroying insect) Termite inspection. OK so as usual I am swamped with Inspections so it was no big deal however I Rarely (if ever) get any cancellations, I ask the realtor what happened and he tells me that the Seller had a Home Inspection done in the past so he told the buyer (his client) that was ok. I have to say to myself “Are You Serious”? how or why would anyone accept an old inspection that was performed under specific contract for the seller at an earlier date. To me that just seems ludicrous and not very well thought out. I also would have expected any decent agent to explain to their client that this is not a good idea and they should have their own Inspection performed so they have an unbiased, and up to date assessment of the property as well as the current Radon Gas Levels and all the other important information they would gain.

Oh well it never ceases to amaze me how some people can be so naive and trust such an important decision to anyone that has a financial interest in the sale of the property.

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• Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Radon is a deadly Cancer causing gas that is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer 2nd only to smoking. When was the last time you had your home checked for Radon Gas ? If the answer is never, or even many years ago then you may be in danger. A professional Radon test is very inexpensive to have done and at the same time is one of the most
important things you can do for you and your families health.

We perform professional, accurate and affordable Radon Testing for all of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. We have been through extensive Radon testing training and are fully certified to perform yourprofessional Radon Testing in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. If you would like to learn more about what Radon is and what we can do for you then please,

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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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• 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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• 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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