A home inspection is a detailed visual evaluation of the function and safety of a dwelling that is typically done within a 7-10 day window once a house is under contract. The home inspection is guided by both a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
A typical home inspection takes 2-3 hours and starts with the roof and exterior. We then work to inspect the inside of the home from top to bottom looking at everything from the structure, heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems to doors, windows, and more. Check out our photo gallery to see examples of issues we have found.
A custom electronic home inspection report with detailed pictures and comments will be sent to the client and agent in less than 24 hours (often same-day). An interactive sample report is available. All inspections include supplemental information about material & system types, maintenance recommendations, and life expectancy for most components of a house.
$335-$395 for most row homes or smaller single family homes in the Baltimore area. Pricing is customized based on the age and total square footage of the property along with the travel distance and other factors including crawlspaces, other buildings on the property, etc. Payment is due prior to the start of the inspection.
Frequently Asked Questions about Home Inspections
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an visual examination of the condition of a property to seek out items not functioning as designed or items that could affect health and safety of new occupants.
Do I have to have a home inspection?
In most cases, you actually don’t have to unless required by a lender. However, it is important to consider the risk while balancing about 1/1000th of the home purchase cost to have a professional give the house an evaluation.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No – as a home inspector I can’t pass or fail a property. Instead, the report generated will provide insight into systems or items that may need repair, replacement, or further evaluation by a specialist. It is does not enforce codes (on behalf of a County or City) and it is not an an appraisal (which determines market value for the mortgage company).
Should I attend the home inspection?
Absolutely. All buyers (especially first timers) and their agents are encouraged to attend if possible. We will take time to explain the location, purpose, operation, and maintenance of the different systems in the home.
What does a home inspection report look like?
A detailed report with pictures and comments (see a Sample Inspection Report) is sent electronically within 24 hours.
Can you do a home inspection if my real estate agent can’t attend?
Yes, we carry a SentriLock Card for easy access if a real estate agent is not available.