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• Sunday, May 07th, 2017

A big conflict of interest does exist in the Mold and Radon Gas Testing profession with the  Remediation and mitigation contractors.

As a consumer you really need to be aware of the potential conflict of interest that exists between these two separate businesses and don’t allow yourself to get ripped off.  There are many companies that their main business is the Remediation of mold and the mitigation of Radon Gas.  They typically are not interested in testing first to see if you really have mold and the extent of it.  Their main objective is to get you to agree to a remediation job which is typically very expensive and in many cases not even needed.

The same goes with companies that offer very cheap or sometimes even free Radon Gas Testing.  Their objective is to sell you on a Radon Gas Mitigation system, which can be quite expensive.  Think about it for a quick second, Do you really think they could stay in business by doing free or below their cost testing?….I think not.

Please remember that when in need of a Mold inspection and test, or a Radon Gas Test do yourself a Huge favor and be sure that you do not use any testers that also do the remediation or mitigation work as well.

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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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• 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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• 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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• Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

OK well I did another Home Inspection today in Gaithersburg Maryland. Wow the heat came back and reminded me just how hot attics get in the summer here in Maryland. The sweat was dripping and the air was thick it was a Long 15 minutes. Fortunately from past experience I have learned to turn on the AC just before doing the attic inspections so that when I get out, the house is cool, (hopefully). Oh well it’s all good and I am glad the good weather is back and I am seeing an upward trend already in the Real Estate market in my area which obviously is a great thing. I am also seeing a big rise in rentals so it’s all good to me and all helps to keep the housing market alive and moving.

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• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

OK those of you who know me and Maryland Home Inspection Services knows we do a very thorough and honest Home Inspection.  We have a motto here, “It Is What It Is”.  That applies to all homes, or any property we inspect.  We aren’t deal killers, we simply do our job and report the conditions of the property as we see it at the time e of the inspection.  We offer our professional opinions and help in every way we can.

OK so last week I did an Inspection in Maryland and it was a “flipper” property.  The seller (contractor) and there agent start telling me how the whole house was just remodeled, and everything is in tip top shape.  I ask them about the roof as it looked to have some dips, and other out of place issues.  They they tell me (with conviction) the attic was all fixed up, and new insulation was added.  The fact that they were kind of offering this info without me saying a word made me suspicious.  OK well I did my normal routine (save attic for last) and finally got to the attic.  Well as I figured this attic was in some bad shape.

Now this whole inspection was a bit out of the norm as the seller side was there.  anyway they ask me if I can just say the attic was not accessible or something to just exclude my findings.  Jeesh, look at what I found.    Attic Needs Some Lovin 

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• Friday, March 25th, 2011
OK well this was a fairly good and productive week here at Maryland Home Inspection Services.  We had quite a busy workload of Home Inspections.  We did a few full inspections including radon testing and a few with termite inspections, and a few with all the different ancillary home inspection services. 
 
We also were spread out all over Maryland from Gaithersburg, to Baltimore, to Frederick, Keedysville (where I met a very nice new Real Etate Agent) and great family, back to Rockville, and then shot out to Temple Hills.  I have seen a few new areas of Maryland this week I never new existed.  We also did an Inspection on a brand New Construction house in Frederick.  This inspection was a pre drywall inspection and we will be going back for a final inspection after the home is completed.
 
Well we have one last Inspection set up for tomorrow (Saturday).  It is another full inspection on a 1955 built home, and we will be doing a termite inspection as well as another radon inspection.
 
OK well until next post, be careful and be happy to all my friends.
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• Monday, March 07th, 2011
OK so on Saturday I did another Full Home Inspection in Germantown, Maryland.  This was a Town House with a finished basement.
The home was purchased last (as a foreclosure) by a local “flipper” construction company.  For the most part the home was/ is
relatively good condition for it’s age (built in 1078).  The builder did all the normal stuff like all new appliances, drywall repairs, fresh paint in and out, yada, yada, yada.  In fact they even replaced the roof covering, flashing, gutters, downspouts.  OK I am not going to write a long blog about the entire inspection, I just wanted to keep this limited to the deck portion of the inspection.
 
OK well in short the builder made it a point to boast about how they refurbished the deck, handrails and deck stairs.  Well the old deck, supports, ledgers, bolting, footers were all in good shape for their age.  Now for the surprises.  First all the handrails were replaced with brand new NON PRESSURE treated 2×6’s.  All straight cuts, now routing, beveling or anything close to fancy (I know that has nothing to do with my inspection, just wanted to toss it in).  The existing baluster were spaced to far apart, and the handrail going down the stairs was the same Non Pressure Treated 2×6.  Try getting your hand to hold onto that wide of a board if you were falling.  Not to mention the rot factor.
 
OK well overall it won’t take much to change out all the handrails to the correct type and then they will have a nice deck.  I was just amazed what some contractors
try to get away with.
Non Pressure Treated Handrail
Incorrect Balluster Spacing

Bad Stair Handrail

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