Home Inspections in MarylandDelivering Peace of Mind
Our certified inspectors have more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, so you can trust that we have answers to all of your home inspection questions. Not seeing your question? Contact us online or give us a call to speak with one of our knowledgeable home inspection experts.
Do you offer a warranty?
As a matter of fact, we do! Our customers enjoy a 90-Day limited Porch Guarantee. If we have missed something on the list of covered systems and defects, the repair is on us! The warranty is good for 100 days after the completion of the inspection or 22 days after closing, whichever comes first.
Can I See a Sample of Your Report?
Sure! We provide our reports in both printed version and via email. You will see that we like to keep each issue documented with a photo, so that it’s easier for you to see what’s wrong. You can view a sample report here.
Which areas do you serve?
4U Inspection Services is based in Ellicott City, Maryland. A lot of homes we inspect are located in the Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties, including cities like Columbia, Bethesda, Westminster, and Annapolis. We also serve customers in the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area. If you are not sure whether your property is within our service area, give us a call, and more than likely we’ll be able to come out to your location.
How long is a home inspection?
Our average inspection lasts about 3 hours, but it can take a bit more or less time depending on the size of your home. A good portion of this time is spent showing you the issues we find and explaining how they affect the safety and value of your home. Since 3 hours is enough time to work up an appetite, our inspectors often bring goody bags with snacks for all involved parties.
What is included in a home inspection?
What is included in a home inspection is decided by your state. In Maryland, we have Maryland Standards of Practice that outline what should be inspected. A home inspector is not allowed to offer lesser services than what the state mandates. However, they are free to offer more thorough inspections, and this is what we do at 4U Inspection Services. We rely on the ASHI Home Inspection Standards of Practice that are more stringent than state regulations.
Do I really need a home inspection?
If you are taking out a loan to purchase a home, your lender will probably require you to get a home inspection, however, even if it’s not required, it’s still great peace of mind to have. Getting an inspection could save you a lot of money! If you are selling your home, getting an inspection before you list your home will increase the value of your home since the potential buyers will know that you were diligent in making repairs ahead of time.
Do home inspectors need to be licensed?
Maybe not in all states, but in Maryland licensing has been a requirement for home inspectors since 2008. This means if you hire an unlicensed inspector, their report may not be valid. Besides checking the license, it’s also a good idea to check whether your inspector holds any professional certifications. Some certifications to look for are ASHI, InterNACHI, IAC2 and CMI.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Some home inspectors may charge a flat fee, typically somewhere in the range of $300 to $500. At 4U Inspection Services, we base our pricing on the square footage of the home, number of systems inspected and the total time on site. At the end, remember that you are paying for peace of mind, and the information you receive from the inspection report will be useful for the entire length of your home ownership.
What is not included in a home inspection?
Keep in mind that a home inspection is, above all, a visual examination. This means that your inspector won’t be conducting any invasive tests, such as turning on a furnace that is not in use or moving furniture. The job of a home inspector is to observe and record. We are trained in finding visual clues that may indicate hidden damage. While we strive to not leave a single stone unturned, we are also limited in what and where we can inspect based on the homeowner’s wishes. In addition to that, please know that a home inspection doesn’t check for code compliance. We do check for safety, but it is not as comprehensive as a code compliance inspection.
Do I have to be present during a home inspection?
While we can certainly do an inspection without you, we recommend that you are present during a home inspection. That way we can walk you through everything we found, and you can ask questions right there and then. We find that it’s much easier for our customers to read and understand the full report after they’ve witnessed the inspection first hand.
Are Maryland Home Inspectors Licensed?
Maryland licensing has been a requirement for home inspectors since 2008.
What is the fee for a home inspection?
4U Inspection Services bases our pricing on the square footage of the home, though others may charge a flat fee or offer packages. Remember, you are paying for peace of mind. The information you receive from the inspection report will be useful for the entire length of your home ownership.
Do I have to be present during a home inspection?
We highly recommend that you are present during your home inspection so that the inspector can answer any questions you may have and explain solutions to any concerns that are found. We find that it’s much easier for our customers to read and understand the full report after they have witnessed the inspection first hand.
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