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
NEW HOME INSPECTIONS:
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.
BALTIMORE COUNTY RENTAL INSPECTIONS:
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.