Pre-Listing, Termite, Radon, Rental Inspections, Lead, and Mold
Home, Termite, Radon, Rental Inspections, Lead, and Mold
Our Inspection Services
Lead Dust Inspection
Baltimore Rental Inspection
Many sales are canceled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. Having the home inspected prior to placing it on the market is the ideal way to make repairs or disclose the repairs recommended in the Inspection Report.
Disclosure upfront and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
A Pre-Listing home inspection is by far one of the best ways to sell your home faster, for more money, and with less stress.
Baltimore Rental Inspections
The City of Baltimore now requires an inspection performed by a Maryland State Licensed Home Inspector for rental properties, including homes for rent and buildings with several units. The inspector must complete an inspection sheet for each unit you intend to rent.
Property inspections are also performed prior to purchase as well as periodically during ownership. Periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the
identification of needed repairs following a long-term tenant’s departure. Identifying those repairs early is the key to profitable ownership.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for the presence of radon. Almost Home Inspections is a qualified radon testing service, having completed the Radon Measurement Operator Proficiency course. We use measuring devices that are placed in the lowest level of the residence for a period of 48 hours, with the results available at the end of the test. If unsafe levels of radon gas are found, it is recommended that a licensed radon mitigation company be contacted to fix the radon gas problem to ensure a safe home environment. We will then retest the home to ensure safe levels have been achieved.
If you are purchasing a home, you should include the WDI (Wood Destroying Insect) inspection. This is a visual inspection conducted in the readily accessible areas of the home including attics and crawlspaces as permitted. The inspection includes probing and/or sounding of unobstructed and accessible areas to determine the presence or absence of visual evidence of wood destroying insects. Wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage may exist in concealed or inaccessible areas. This inspection does not include mold, mildew or non-insect wood destroying organisms.
The purpose of the inspection is to detect the presence of mold by performing a visual inspection of the property and collecting samples to be analyzed by a laboratory. The inspection is limited to the readily accessible areas of the property. We will point out conditions that contribute to mold growth. Clients will be provided with an electronic copy of the results of the laboratory analysis of the samples collected.
Lead Dust Inspection
Full Risk Reduction Certification requires a Dust Inspection, which is generally conducted in a vacant unit prior to occupancy by a new tenant. This inspection must be done before moving a new tenant in. An inspector must perform a visual inspection of all painted surfaces and collect dust samples from each room in the unit. Each dust sample must be analyzed by a qualified laboratory, and the results must fall below specified levels. In general, testing for lead-contaminated dust is most likely to be successful in a clean, well-maintained property. Flaking or chalking lead paint, on windows, may be a source of lead dust in a unit.