Abode Home Inspections, LLC

Contact our office at 410-661-6962 or abodehome1@comcast.net

If you have a new tenant, you may need a Lead Inspection. Call our office today.

Our home inspectors are members of the Maryland Associates of Home Inspectors (MDAHI).

The results of a home inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding latent or concealed defects that may exist, and no warranty or guarantee is expressed or implied.

It is important to consider that the observations made during an inspection reflect conditions at the time of the inspection only.  During the time that elapses between an inspection and when you close on a home, the condition of some components could change.  Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems in particular can fail at any time.  For this reason, clients are urged to operate these systems and devices during a final walk through of the property prior to closing.

Home inspections are not environmental hazard inspections.  Inspectors do not check for such items as radon, asbestos, formaldehyde, lead paint, lead solder, electromagnetic radiation mold, mildew, etc.  Consult an expert in environmental testing if you have concerns regarding these materials.  Accredited lead inspectors are available for lead paint certifications, contact us.  Radon testing is also available, contact us.  Please note that the detection, identification and inspection of all underground items, including but not limited to, electrical lines, water supply and drain piping, well pumps, gas lines, septic systems, underground storage tanks of any type, natural springs and previous landfills is excluded.  A home inspection is not a pest inspection.

Some types of mold have recently been identified as a potential health risk for some individuals. Home inspections are not environmental hazard inspections so we do not search for mold. Mold can be present in concealed areas such as in the walls, under paneling and carpeting, in duct systems, etc. If you have concerns regarding mold and its potential effect on you or your family, we recommend consulting an Industrial Hygienist for review and evaluation of your home. Conditions that would be conducive to mold growth include high moisture levels, dampness, wetness, plumbing leaks, evidence of previous water penetration, or conditions conducive to water penetration.

Home inspectors are unable to view or determine the presence of properly installed flashings and building paper behind siding materials.  Virtually all siding materials experience some water penetration behind them.  A lack of properly installed flashing ang building paper may allow this moisture to cause wet sheathing and framing and subsequent rotting of these materials.  This is more likely with siding materials such as EIFS, stucco and synthetic stone.

We do not test water quality, yield, of any of the below ground equipment.  A water specialist should be consulted if this information is desired.  On homes with private wells, we recommend a yield test, potability test and VOC (volatile organic compund) testing.  VOC testing is a test for chemicals such as benzene, toluene, MTBE, etc. which are compnents of petroleum products.

A home inspection is intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of a building. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the building and its components on the date of the inspection.

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