Premiere Home Inspection
Premiere Home Inspections in Maryland
When you are in the process of buying a home, it is crucial to have information on the condition of the property so that you can make an informed purchase decision. It does not matter if the home is brand new or “vintage.”
Inspections by Bob provides you with this important information.
We provide thorough, independent Home Inspections in central Maryland (Montgomery, Frederick, Howard and Carroll Counties). Bob Sisson and his wife, Welmoed, are proud to be members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and Bob is an ASHI Certified Inspector. Both Bob and Welmoed are members of the Independent Home Inspectors of Maryland, and are licensed by the State of Maryland. Inspections by Bob carries an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. To top it all off, IBB was awarded the “Super Service Award” from Angie’s List every year since 2009.
You might find a cheaper home inspection, but no other Home Inspection company provides the level of service and attention to the clients’ needs. A new home is the largest single purchase most people will ever make; trying to save a few pennies by hiring a cut-rate home inspector could lead to disastrous consequences. Inspections by Bob provides a level of service and additional value to home buyers; not a single client has told us that it was a waste of money.
Your Premiere Home Inspection will begin with a careful examination of the exterior of the property. We will examine the foundation, siding, gutters and roof, as well as the general condition of the property. We will inspect the doors and windows, as well as any other penetrations such as vents, exhausts and utility supplies (electric, telephone, cable TV, gas, etc.). We will also carefully examine the exterior for gaps that could allow insects or rodents to enter the home. In addition to the building itself, we will look at the property surrounding the house, checking for proper drainage, grading and the condition of any retaining walls.
Once inside, the inspector will proceed from room to room, examining every feature of the home. We will check outlets, switches, fixtures, interior doors, railings, and stairs. In every bathroom, we will check the toilets, sinks, tubs, showers and ventilation systems. We will inspect the heating and cooling systems, and the electrical system. We will examine all appliances. We will go into the unfinished spaces of the home, such as crawl spaces and attics, and check them for any problems. While we are checking the inside spaces, we will note whether any outside conditions could have affected the interior (such as staining or dampness in the basement, which could be related to exterior drainage issues).
The home inspector will also be looking for issues that could affect the energy usage of the home, as well as comfort issues: insufficient or improperly installed insulation, gaps around window frames and sashes or door frames, and whether appliances are nearing the end of their effective lifespans.
During the inspection, we will take pictures where needed and will print some of the pictures for you on-site; remaining pictures can be emailed to you within 24 hours.
Once the inspection is complete, our Home Inspector will go over the findings with you, and present the report in a 16-section three ring binder that will become the foundation of your home’s personal history. This report can also include a host of additional materials, such as safety brochures and informational flyers that are pertinent to the findings.
You are strongly encouraged to be present during the inspection, as it will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the property, and will also allow the Home Inspector to point out features of the home so you are familiar with them.
Because of the level of detail provided in our inspections, you can expect them to take longer. We usually allow a bit more than an hour per 1,000 square feet for the inspection itself, plus approximately 30-45 minutes to review the report with you and answer any questions you may have. Houses that are crowded with a lot of furniture or belongings, or have major issues, can take significantly longer. Multiple attics and crawl spaces add time as well. Rest assured that we will take as much time as needed to do a thorough, comprehensive Home Inspection.
From crawl space to attic, once our Home Inspector has completed the inspection and presented the findings, you will be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed purchase decision.
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Booking your Home Inspection is quick and easy. You can access our on-line scheduling system, which will allow you to choose the date and time most convenient for you. This will also allow you to review and sign the service agreement, and even pay for your inspection with your credit card.