Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a warranty?
Our customers receive a 90-day limited Porch Guarantee if we miss anything on the list of covered systems and defects the repairs on us! The warranty is good for 100 days after completing the inspection or 22 days after closing, whichever comes first.
Can I see a sample report?
Yes! We offer a copy of a sample report in both a print version and via email. Customers can view any documented issues with a photo so that it’s easier for them to understand what may need to be repaired. You can view a copy of a sample report here.
What is a home inspection?
A certified home inspector typically conducts a detailed examination of an entire home’s condition.
Can a home fail an inspection?
No. A home inspection is not a test, but an assessment of the homes condition. We do offer ancillary inspections and environmental testing such as radon, mold, and sewer scope inspections, that do have what are considered “safe” or unacceptable levels.” Visit our ancillary service pages for additional information.
How long does a home inspection take?
A home inspection can take up to 3 hours or more to complete. A good portion of this time is spent showing you any concerns we find and explaining how they affect your home’s safety and value.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection is usually dependent on the size of a home, the number of systems inspected, and total time on site.
What is included in a home inspection?
4U Inspection Services follows the Maryland Standards of Practice that detail what our inspectors should inspect both on the interior and exterior portion of the home. Our home inspectors inspect both exterior and interior parts of a home. We encourage them to provide a more detailed inspection above and beyond our expectations.
Do I need a home inspection?
If you are taking out a home loan, your lender will probably require you to get a home inspection. A home inspection can save you a lot of money! If you are selling your home, getting an inspection before you list your home will increase your home’s value since the potential buyer will know that you were diligent in making the repairs ahead of time.
Do you offer any kind of support after the inspection?
Yes! If you have a question or need help we offer free phone and email support for as long as you own your home!
Do home inspectors need to be licensed?
The State of Maryland requires that all home inspectors must be licensed. We also recommend checking to see if the inspector you are considering for a home inspection also holds many professional certifications and licenses.
What is not included in a home inspection?
We do not conduct any invasive tests, and we do not move any furniture. We strive to leave no stone unturned; however, we are limited in what we can inspect based on the homeowner’s wishes, and the home inspection does not include checking for code compliance.
Do I have to be present during a home inspection?
You do not need to be present during the inspection. However, we recommend that you do attend. This allows you to speak directly with the home inspector and learn about what they find during an inspection. This will also provide you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the home. By attending the inspection, a customer will fully understand the inspection report that we email to them once they’ve witnessed any inspection firsthand.
How does mold impact indoor air quality?
Mold is a pollutant that impacts the home’s indoor air quality and is one of many contaminants that affect the air you breathe inside a home. Prolonged exposure to mold affects an infant, child, or older family member’s long-term health and can lead to allergies, asthma, or a weakened immune system.
How can I tell if I have a mold problem?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold reproduces by means of tiny mold spores: the spores are tough to see and float their way into the home from the outside through the air. Mold starts to grow inside of the house when the mold spores land on a damp surface.
What can you do if your home has mold?
Eliminating mold from home can be pretty tricky, and unless done correctly, the mold is likely to return. We suggest that you contact a licensed professional who can help you carefully remove the mold and address its source.