Home Inspections- A home is the largest and most important investment most people will make in their lifetime. A good home inspection will help you make an informed buying decision. All of our inspectors have completed extensive formal training, as well as on-the-job training, so they can do their best to answer your questions and concerns. Our electronic report is emailed to you, so you can share with your agent, lenders and other interested parties. It will never be shared by us without your permission, nor do we ever sell client information to marketing companies. We encourage you to follow along with your inspector so you get the most out of your inspection. Absentee clients can take advantage of an after-inspection telephone conference with your inspector if you feel that is necessary to help you understand the findings of the inspection. Our intensive home inspection takes about 2-3 hours, or more, depending on the size and condition of the property and includes:
Roof and Attic
Decks and Porches
Kitchen and Appliances
Heating and Cooling Systems
Today’s home buyer is concerned with more than just the structure of the home. You also want to know about environmental conditions and issues inside the home. To serve our customers’ needs, we offer the most extensive environmental services menu of ANY home inspection company in the area. With over 28 years experience in environmental health and safety, we are the best choice when addressing environmental issues in the home. Here is just a sampling of our services:
Drinking Water– We offer drinking water sampling and testing for many parameters– bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, pH, lead, VOCs, petroleum products, metals, radon– just about anything that may concern you. In most property transactions, the testing required depends on the type of financing. All of our water samplers have been qualified by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Mold Inspections and Remediation Planning– Supported by our sister company, Canter Environmental, not only can we help you determine if there is a mold/moisture issue in the home, we can determine the root of the problem and make recommendations for repairs that should be made to the home to correct the underlying conditions. We strive to provide a useful service to our clients while maintaining affordable prices. Each of our home inspectors has been trained to identify mold/moisture issues during the home inspection process, while our qualified mold experts are available for more extensive inspection, testing and remediation planning.
Septic System Evaluations– A properly working and maintained septic system is crucial for homes not serviced by public sewer. “Out of sight, out of mind” means the system may not have been maintained as well as it should. Having it opened, flow tested, pumped out and inspected is the best way to get an idea of the health of the tank and drain field or mound system. We also offer the septic dye testing option, an oft-used minimal function test.
Lead Paint– If the home you are considering was built before 1978, there is a good chance that lead paint was used during its construction or maintenance. Our certified lead inspectors can help you determine if lead hazards exist in the property. Whether you are buying to live in or as an investment property, we can give you information to help you make the best decision possible. As a Maryland certified lead inspection contractor (licensed as Canter Environmental), we issue the Maryland Lead Hazard Reduction Certificate required under Maryland law for rental properties built before 1978. Dust wipe, paint chip, soil and drinking water sampling are available, as well as non-destructive XRF testing. We use only qualified laboratories.
Radon testing– Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If you smoke, your risk is even higher. We use E-Perm® short-term electrets, the most highly rated short-term radon detection devices available, as determined by the EPA. Our in-house certified laboratory makes analysis extra fast.