FAQ

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  1. How do I order a home inspection?
  2. Who should have a home inspection?
  3. What is included in a home inspection?
  4. What if the inspection uncovers problems?
  5. Why can’t I have a family member or someone who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
  6. Why does a buyer need a home inspection?

 
 
 

How do I order a home inspection?

Call the office of Maryland Home Inspection Services at 410-515-3838 and provide them with the following information: Square footage of the house (if known), location, number of bathrooms, and date you would like the inspection performed. Inspections are available 7 days a week.

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Who should have a home inspection?

Everyone investing their hard earned money in a home! You could save thousands of dollars by having your home inspected by Maryland Home Inspection Services. Additionally, most sellers would benefit from having their home inspected before it is listed to identify any major defects that could affect the value of the house. Remember, the true cost of a house is the purchase price plus the costs for upgrading substandard, deteriorated, or malfunctioning components.

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What is included in a home inspection?

The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.

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What if the Inspection Uncovers Problems?

Your offer to purchase should include a detailed statement regarding your rights to a home inspection. The standard contract used by real estate agents may give you the right to back out of a contract if a home inspection uncovers more problems than you are willing to deal with. If it does not, the wording should be added in the form of a contingency.

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Why can’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector�s instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

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Why does a buyer need a home inspection?

A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information than an appraisal–information you need to make a wise decision. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to:

  • Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems.
  • Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.
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