brings over 30 years of residential and commercial building and remodeling experience to every inspection. This personal blend of professional expertise acquired over three decades of hands-on construction experience is used to conduct a thorough examination on your behalf.
My Qualifications Include:
Maryland Home Inspector License # 30531
Certified Member of InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors. InterNACHI #04122881
Over 19 hours of continuing inspection education this year
Maryland Department of Environment Inspection Contractor License #6602
Maryland Department of Environment Lead Paint Risk Assessor License #7638
Maryland Department of Environment LBP Instructor License #9274, #9275, #9276
EPA accredited Training Provider for the RRP Rule "Certified Renovator", #NAT-RV-I-22515-1-EN
Maryland Department of Environment Radiological Materials License #MD-45-019-01
Maryland Department of Environment Water Sampling Technician, current to 5/11
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Indoor Air Quality and Mold Sampling Technician
International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants, member IAC2-00-4707
Certified Building Science Thermographer(CBST)
HUD Housing Rehabilitation Specialist - Inspector - Worcester County
National Home Inspection Technical Institute, (NHITI) member
Maryland Home Improvement Contractor License #29045
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Member 5485252 of U. S. Chamber of Commerce[/center]
Types of Inspections Performed
This inspection is recommended for investors and those preparing to list their property for sale. Because this type of inspection does NOT meet the requirements for a real estate transaction in the state of Maryland, it is NOT available for BUYERS.
Do you still have questions or special needs?
- does not meet InterNachi Standards of Practice
- does not describe the property, ie., the roof type, siding type, etc.
- does identify all major defects and concerns discovered
- does provide digital pictures with descriptions of all defects and concerns discovered
- delivered via website link in 24 hours.
Recommended for all properties, especially older homes, out of town clients, and those clients requiring an extra level of service. This is the inspection level most often called for by the buyer in the course of the typical home purchase process.
- exceeds InterNACHI Standards of Practice
- digital pictures of defects provided in each report
- full narrative report delivered via web site link in 24 hours
- web based report access is available anywhere to anyone you choose
- To learn more about how I conduct the inspection you are welcome to Review my Standards of Practice at http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm
This is the benchmark for customer service and is recommended for our high-end properties.
- it includes everything in the Standard Inspection, plus
- additional details where cosmetic issues will be addressed that may require attention prior to tenant taking occupancy
- recording of serial numbers of permanent appliances and check for recalls and safety concerns issued for those appliances
- inspector will accompany client at final walk through prior to the closing of escrow.
- Comprehensive InfraRED thermographic inspections.
- Historic properties.
- Commercial and Residential annual insurance inspections.
- Residential 4-point insurance inspections.
- Residential new construction phase inspections.
- Draw inspections: New construction, remodeling projects, HUD housing rehabilitation projects.
- New Home Warranty: 11th month list of items requiring attention by the builder, before expiration of the policy.
- Insurance Claims - Damaged dwelling second opinions
- Roof Only: Asphalt and fiberglass shingles, wood shakes, built-up asphalt, single-ply membranes, terne metal and copper, also slate.
- MD STRUCTURAL LETTER: to meet the lenders requirements for assurance of integrity, following inspection of repairs of damaged structural areas, often as a result of previous termite damage repairs, or repairs to water damaged areas.
- Radon measurements, both short and long term testing. Analysis by accredited laboratories.
- Indoor air sampling and mold sampling. Analysis by accredited laboratories.
- Lead Based Paint Surveys(LBP) by XRF analysis (xray fluorescence). Instant on site non-destructive Positive or Negative results.
- MDE Form 330 Lead Free Certifications by XRF
- LBP Risk Assessments
- LBP Full Risk Reduction Inspections
- Lead in Soil analysis (L.I.S.A.)
- Pre and Post-renovation clearance dust wipe testing
- MD rental dwelling compliance testing by Method A - dust wipes
- Drinking water analysis, including: Lead in water and Radon in water.
Additional Services provided by Associates
- Septic system pumping and inspection of box and drainfield (Not dye testing)
- Termite and Pest inspections
What our STANDARD Inspection Includes:
- Footer, foundation, and foundation ventilation
- Crawlspace or basement
- Water entry or foundation movement
- General grading,drainage, and retaining walls.
- Structural systems: including floor, wall, and roof framing
- Stoops, landings, stairs, handrails and guardrails
- Decks, balconies, patios, and terraces
- Driveways and sidewalks
- Electrical systems: including service entrance, main panel, subpanels, grounding, bonding, disconnects, circuit breakers and fuses, GFCI's and AFCI's
- HVAC systems, with limitations, but including: major
components, duct work or distribution systems, filters, venting and fuel shut offs
- Roof Systems including: slope and type, approximate age and condition, flashings, penetrations, ventilation
- Gutter and downspouts
- Plumbing & mechanical systems including: supply lines, vent and waste lines. Water entry and shut off locations, water pressure, water heaters, accessible sump pumps, interior plumbing fixtures, faucets, and drains. Flues and venting
- Doors and windows: of all descriptions including: skylights, garage doors, garage door openers and safety sensors, B-label fire-doors, storm doors and windows
- Fireplaces, hearths, and chimneys
- Built-in appliances.
What's a good inspection look like?
A good home inspector is required to have a broad technical knowledge in building design, and the mechanical trades to recognize conditions that may affect the future life of a home. An inspector must be able to analyze and evaluate what they have seen, to infer from that which cannot be seen and to communicate those findings to the client.
It's your choice
At this point there is only one real question to ask yourself. How through of an inspection do you want when it comes to one of the largest investments we make ever? I take my time and do it correctly. In the course of this inspection, you the client are my only concern. You are welcome to accompany me and ask any questions. I recommend however that you allow me to conclude the inspection, then meet with me. At that point we have the whole picture, and I will take you on a brief personal tour pointing out my concerns. Later, feel free to call me if you have any questions about the report contents or your home's operation.
When you have a chance to learn about the Defects - Concerns - Causes - Solutions I hope you will agree It's more than an inspection - It's an education
How long should the Inspection take to complete?
Our STANDARD inspection usually takes 3 to 4 hours to complete. For smaller dwellings and condominiums, as well as the BASIC inspection, it typically takes less. For large dwellings, dwellings older than 50 years, or PREMIUM inspections, it may take up to 5 hours. Rest assured I will take however much time is required for a complete inspection meeting your needs.
Things you can do to help be ready for the inspection
- Provide a key or arrange for access.
- Make sure the utilities like electric and gas are turned on sufficiently in advance.
- Bring along any disclosure statements provided by the Seller.
- Complete payment arrangement.
What's the next step?
- Contact me to discuss your specific needs, likely cost, and to schedule your inspection appointment.
- Weekend appointments are available. I will fax, email, or mail you a copy if necessary of the Inspection Agreement if there is time enough beforehand.
- You'll read, sign and return that to me prior to the inspection taking place. The signed Inspection Agreement is a requirement of my insurance provider.
- Payment in full is expected at the conclusion of the inspection.
- An oral summary of the highlights of the report is available immediately upon conclusion of the inspection.
- Your complete written report including color photos of concerns will be available to you online in 24 hours. With a password you will have access from any computer to view, print out, or copy to your own files.
Then contact us below or call me to discuss your individual inspection needs. Call and ask for John