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Home Inspections in Maryland

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Frequently
Asked Questions

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 100-Day limited structural and mechanical warranty. 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 inspection or 22 days after closing, whichever comes first. Go Here For More Information.

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 Homes is based in Ellicott City, Maryland. A lot of homes we inspect are located in the Howard, Carroll and Baltimore Counties, including cities like Columbia, Bethesda, Westminster, and many others. But we also serve customer is 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 does a home inspection take?

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 explain 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.

I’ve heard you offer Recall Watch, what is that?

This is just another way we go above and beyond for our clients. During an inspection, we write down the model numbers from the appliances we find in a home. We then run these numbers though a national recall database. You get a separate report via email that tells you whether any of the appliances are on recall. If they are, you may be able to get them fixed for free. That’s at least couple hundred dollars back in your pocket! Learn more about our Recall Watch program here.

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 Homes. 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. But even if it’s not required, it’s still great peace of mind to have. Even if a home looks well-kept, it doesn’t mean it’s free of issues and defects. And even if you are a seller and had lived in this house for 10 years, there is no guarantee that inspection won’t reveal any problems. Getting an inspection now could save you thousands down the road, as well as save you from a bad purchase.

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 Home, 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 though 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.

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Maryland Home Inspection Services for:

Anne Arundel Home Inspections: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Home Inspections: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Baltimore City Home Inspections

Howard County Home Inspections: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Carroll County Home Inspections: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Woodbine (21797) and more.