Performing Home Inspections in Central Maryland and surrounding areas

                                                              

               Home Inspector in Maryland - FAQ - Preparation

                               
Arundel Home Inspection LLC
                                                           410-733-3238

   Proudly serving -  Baltimore, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, and surrounding areas. 



FAQ



Q. WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?

 
A.  A home inspection is a visual examination of the components and systems of a home.  It includes a top to bottom, in and out check from an unbiased source, namely me.  When I inspect a home for you, I will be giving it a physical check-up. When problems are found, I may recommend further evaluation and repair by a qualified professional. 

 


Q. WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?


A.Click on the “Definition” button on the toolbar above.  There you will find a good description of what my service is and of what it is not.

 
Q. WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?

 


A. My service will help you understand the overall general condition of the home and property.  It is important for you to know as much about the home as possible.  Hiring me to point out things needing attention is much better than being surprised by finding them when you least expected it.  


I will also point out good things as well as giving you tips on maintenance to help you keep it in good shape. After you spend time with me during the inspection you will know much more about your home. Safety issues are also important to me and I will point those out when I see them and give recommendations.

 

Q. WHAT WILL IT COST?

 

 

 

A. Click on the “Rates” button on the toolbar above to view my rates.  


Q. CAN I DO IT MYSELF?


A.I guess you could do it yourself, but do you have the in depth and concentrated training that I do? I have lived in my home for many years and I thought I knew everything about it.  Then I spent all this time on home inspector training.  Let me tell you, I was mistaken when I thought I knew everything about my home.  After becoming a qualified home inspector and taking another look at my home, I made a list of things I need to do.


Besides all of that, you may have an emotional attraction to the home needing the inspection. Let’s face it, we should focus on logic when evaluating the home and leave the emotion aside.  Since I don’t have an emotional attachment to the home in question, my vision won’t be clouded.

 

 

Last but not least, if we are talking about a purchase, many mortgage companies will require that the property be inspected by a qualified professional like me.

 

Q. CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?

 


A.  A home inspection is not about passing or failing so the answer is no.  A home inspection is simply an examination and report about the condition of the systems and components of the home on that particular day. I simply inspect and provide you with information and recommendations.  What you decide to do with the information is between you and any other interested parties.

 

 

Q. HOW DO I FIND A HOME INSPECTOR?


A.  If you are located in the State of Maryland, you scroll to the top of this page and you find my phone number.  You write it down and then call me.  You can also inquire at this email address.
  arundelhomeinspection@comcast.net   



**If you are not in the State of
Maryland
, call me anyway.  I can point you in the right direction. 

 

Q. WHEN DO I CALL YOU FOR A HOME INSPECTION?

 


A. If you are buying a home, you can call me right after you sign a contract or purchase agreement.  I will make myself available to you as soon as possible.  Before you sign a contract, check with your agent about any inspection clause that might be in the contract.  In the State of Maryland there is an inspection addendum agreement that is signed by the parties.  Pay close attention to these details to be informed of the obligations of all parties involved. 


You can also call me if you are a seller.  I even have a scaled down service especially designed for sellers.  Check that out at the “Services” button on the toolbar above.   


Q. DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?


A.  It is not necessary for you to be there during the inspection but I do need a signed contract before I begin and I will need payment if you won’t be there when I leave.  You could meet me there, sign the contract, pay me and then leave if you want. 

With that said, I do recommend that you stay and follow me around.  I will be able to point many things out to you directly and explain them on the spot.  There will still be a written report but the value of communication in person is hard to beat.  

You will be able to observe me and ask questions directly. You will learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. Being there in person will also help you understand the written report much easier.

 
Q. WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?

 


A.  There is no perfect house and I can almost guarantee you I will find some things in need of repair.  If a purchase is involved, this does not mean you should not buy the house. When I find problems, which is my goal, I am giving you an idea of what to expect. Many times the results of the inspection can result in an adjustment of the sale price so the inspection fee is usually money well spent.


Q. IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION?

 

 

 A.  You definitely did. Now you can go forward with your home purchase thinking clearly and knowing the overall general condition of the property and its systems.  I can’t judge your current knowledge of home maintenance but there is a good chance you will have a better understanding of that as well.



Q.  WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT AND WHEN IS IT DUE?


A.  I currently accept cash, check or money order and the payment is due on the day of the inspection before I leave the property.

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Preparation

Preparing for a Home Inspection

 

 


With a bit of effort and preparation you can help me in the home inspection process. 

 

 

 

It is always good to fix small things like repairing gutter downspout or replacing missing electrical cover plates are always a good idea.  Although fixing small items is unlikely to affect the major findings of the systems and components, this effort can give the house a neater appearance and help me be more efficient in the inspection process.

 

There are some things I recommend that you do prior to the inspection.  Let’s go over them.

 

 

 

Exterior


 

·         If there were any major improvements or additions done to the property, keep documentation handy for my viewing if needed. These might include things like receipts for work done and building permits and the like.  

 

·         Make sure that all exterior doors are accessible.

 

·         Check to make sure all exterior door locks are working and keys are on hand.  

 

·         Clean leaves and other debris from the gutters/downspouts and trim any shrubs or trees so they are not touching any part of the house.

 

 

 
Foundation

·         Remove any stored items such as wood or other debris away from the foundation.



Garages
 


·         Please make sure that the garage is unlocked and keep stored items to a minimum. If at all possible do not park cars in the garage during the inspection.

 

·         In keeping enough space around the garage walls you will allow me to see the walls for a better inspection.


Electrical
 


·         The electrical panels need to be accessible to me. Please move anything stored that is blocking the panel.

 

                  ·         The electrical panel should have an inspection sticker.  
                          

 
                  ·         Excess use of extension cords is never recommended. Remove them and put them away.

 

·         If there are any burned-out light bulbs, change them.



Plumbing

 

·         Obviously, plumbing leaks can cause water damage.  Have the leaks fixed and tell me about known leaks and their repairs prior to the inspection.



Heating and Air Conditioning
 

  

 

·         Put in a new air filter. Some filters are re-useable when cleaned.  If this is the case, clean it and re-install it.

 

·         Have the unit cleaned and serviced by a qualified professional.  Regular maintenance is important, not just when things break down.  

 

·         Keep all repair and maintenance records on hand.

 

 

 

Fireplace/Chimney
 

·         Have the fireplace and chimney cleaned by a professional chimney-sweep before the inspection.


·         In many cases, the majority of the inside of the chimney cannot be seen by me during the inspection.  Having the chimney sweep record on hand may help you verify a clean bill of health.



Interior
 

                  ·         All interior areas and rooms should be accessible for inspection.

 

·         If there is crawl space access from the interior, it needs to be clear.

 

·         Stored boxes and items can block areas from being inspected.  Every effort should be made to move these things out of the way.

 

 

 

·         Access to the attic hatch needs to be clear. This is especially important if the access panel is in a closet. Make sure that items are cleared so I can put a ladder under the hatch. If the attic access has pull down stairs, warn me if they are loose or are in poor condition. Informing me in advance can help prevent an accident since I will be pulling them down.

 

 

 

·         It is best for attics to be empty of stored items and boxes. This will allow me to see more of the attic for inspection.

 

 

 

Pets
 

·         I would prefer that pets be removed from the premises during the inspection. It is not always easy to predict how your pet will react when a stranger like me is on the property.

 

·         I need access to the entire home, so keeping the pets in the garage or the backyard is not the best solution. Having another family member or neighbor watch them off the premises is a better idea. 
 


Utilities

 

·         All utilities including electricity, gas and water need to be on.  Any pilot lights that serve gas appliances need to be lit.


·         I will not turn on utilities and I will not light pilot lights.

 

  
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You will get some text when you move your mouse over these pictures.  You can also click on the pictures to enlarge them and see captions.  In the reports that I write there is always more information on problems.  I'm somewhat limited with the text in this presentation.  Check the bottom of my other pages for more pictures.


 Rodents chewed these electrical wire creating a fire hazard      Rusting air handler leaking condensate water into the crawl space      Disconnected downspout extensions can cause foundation problems

Rotten wood window trim that was painted over      Cracked chimney crowns lead to damaged masonry and flue liners      Recently patched foundation cracks still separating from movement

Misaligned interior door binding on door jamb      Broken shower divertor making the shower non-functional      These trusses are bowing from stress due to lack of proper bracing