Hire a Certified Professional Inspector Who Has Your Best Interests in Mind
You probably won’t get to meet your home inspector before hiring them, so it’s important to find someone who is dependable, trustworthy, and properly certified. Make sure you’re hiring a home inspector who’s a good communicator and has your best interests in mind.
We’ve been certified by the American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT), earned Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) status from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and have the experience and knowledge to ensure that you’re armed with the best information possible.
We encourage our clients to be present for the inspection, where we’ll educate and familiarize you with your new home. We arrive early for every inspection and will not leave until all your questions have been answered.
We have the experience and knowledge necessary to give you a clear look at the current condition of your home. We combine a formal education with real-world experience in the field to bring a trained perspective to every one of our home inspections.
The value of a home inspection comes from the potential cost of the issues it uncovers. We offer thorough inspections at competitive rates to ensure you get the most value, ultimately saving money and gaining confidence in your purchase.
We understand that you’re busy. We’ll work with you to schedule your home inspection at a time that works well for you. Although we strongly encourage you to tag along, your presence at the inspection is not required.
Even the most experienced and capable home inspectors are capable of making mistakes. We carry Errors & Omissions insurance, as well as General Liability insurance, so you can rest easy.
Buying a Home is an Emotional Experience
It’s far too easy to become attached to a home. Our clients not only rely on us to give them our best advice and opinion, but they also want us to understand their home the way they envision it to be. That’s why we’re here to provide you with an independent, professional opinion so you can make the right choice.
A home inspection is an objective visual inspection of the physical structure and systems of the home. When communicated properly, the inspection report will arm you with detailed, unbiased information.
We’ll uncover building defects, necessary repairs, safety hazards, and preventative maintenance issues that could cost you a lot of money down the road. We’ll also help you understand which problems are major, and which problems can be corrected inexpensively.
As a new homeowner, it’s important to understand that your house requires care and maintenance. With time, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, or simply stop working.
The Old Line Home Inspections Home Maintenance Book teaches you how your house works, how to keep it maintained, and how to save energy. When you combine this with your Old Line Home Inspections Home Inspection Report you will have all of the reference tools needed to maintain your home near Marriottsville.
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this, combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure;
- Things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.
A Home Inspection Is about More than Saving Money
I am a realtor and we used Old Line Home Inspections for my clients who are buyers for a home in Baltimore City. The inspector was great. Very thorough and professional. I would recommend him again!
Old Line Home Inspections inspected our new home after our offer was accepted. Andrew was amazing. He was on time and very professional and knows his stuff. He noticed everything that was wrong in the house and gave us a great Inspection Report so that we could follow-up on all repairs.
Mr. Andrew Winnard is very professional. He is extremely detail-oriented and is willing to spend as long as it takes to do a thorough examination of the house. In my case he spent over 2 hours doing the inspection, going through all aspects in great detail, answering all my questions, and then sent me a final report on the same day. I highly recommend him.
Home Inspector Serving
Baltimore and Surrounding Areas
Old Line Home Inspections provides professional home inspection services in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County — including the communities of Baltimore, Frederick, Westminster, Mount Airy, Sykesville, Marriottsville, New Market, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Columbia, Ellicott City, and Laurel. Not sure if that’s you? Give us a call at (410) 236-3027 or send us an email.
Request an Inspection
Let us know when you would like to have your inspection. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm the date and get more information. If we can’t fit you in on the date you’ve chosen, then we’ll work with you to find an available date that fits nicely into your schedule.
If you have any questions or concerns before scheduling your inspection, please contact us and we will be happy to address them.