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A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a dwelling. It provides an educated and unbiased third party opinion on the condition of the property by identifying major structural or mechanical defects that are apparent at the time of the inspection. A home inspection informs buyers about how the home’s systems operate, where emergency shut-offs are located and what future maintenance to expect. A home inspection will also assess the probable life of the mechanical systems. We will take this information and put it in perspective for you which will aid you in making an informed buying decision.

Mistakes and oversights are common in new construction even with the best of builders. If you are purchasing a new home, we can offer you valuable information by providing an independent, third party inspection to help ensure safety and compliance with accepted building practices. New home inspections include all the facets of a resale inspection plus a focus on quality of workmanship. This inspection is typically performed when construction is finished and ready for occupancy but prior to the final walkthrough by the builder. This allows the customer to get critical information about their new home and also allows the builder to make any corrections necessary prior to closing.

Radon is a radioactive gas which comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soil. This colorless, odorless and tasteless gas moves up through the ground to the air above and into a home through cracks and other openings in the foundation. The home traps radon inside where radioactive decay products can accumulate and present a health hazard. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes and homes with or without a basement. The only way to know for sure is to test. Both the EPA and Surgeon General strongly recommend that all homes be tested and if elevated levels of radon are found that corrective action be taken.

We test using state of the art electronic continuous radon monitors that have excellent performance results. These devices are tamper resistant and continually test for a minimum 48 hours which is the standard set by the EPA. Results are normally available the day our equipment is retrieved.

All buildings or a portion of a building that contain one to six dwelling units intended or designated as rental units must register and be licensed with Baltimore County. Registration includes an inspection by a licensed home inspector. To schedule an inspection for your Baltimore County rental property, please call our office.


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