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Welcome to 1st Step Home Inspection

Providing the 1st Step to Peace of Mind in Home Ownership

 Welcome to 1st Step Home Inspection

A home inspection is one of the most important steps in purchasing a home.  And hiring the right home inspector is crucial.  Without the right home inspector, you can be left owning a nightmare.

When you buy a used car, you are required by law to have it inspected to ensure the car’s safety on the road.  When a prospective home buyer gets a home inspection, he is essentially getting that same peace of mind that his new home is safe.  A home inspection determines the present condition of a home’s major systems based upon an inspection of accessible features.

A home inspection is not an invasive or destructive process.  It does not involve opening walls or ceilings or floors, and it is not a guarantee or warranty on the home.  But what it can do is provide you with a comprehensive, visual inspection by a trained professional on the current condition of systems in the house and provide you with insight on components that are structurally unsound, nearing the end of their life, or significantly deficient in functionality.  A good home inspection will assist a buyer in understanding exactly what they are about to acquire.   A home may look move in ready, but an inspector will cover features of the house such as electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as structural features of the home and may unveil issues that are not noticeable to the buyer’s eye.

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Why Use Home Inspector

It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs. Even if you think you have found a “dream home,” it is a home inspector’s responsibility to let you know that your “dream home” may not be just right.  Your home inspection may uncover issues that you may be able to get the current owners to fix before you move in, saving you time and money. If you are a first-time home buyer, an inspection can give you a crash course in home maintenance and a checklist of items that need attention to make your home as safe and sound as possible.

Types of Home Inspections

There are 21 different types of home inspections.  Do you need every type?  Probably not, but it is best to start with a general home inspection.  A general home inspection will review the major systems in the home, and depending upon the results, the home inspection report may contain recommendations for additional inspections.  For example, your home inspector may measure the differential temperature reading from an air conditioning unit, find it low, and suggest the unit be inspected by an HVAC specialist.

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Passing a Home Inspection

Considering putting your home on the market?  One of the smartest expenditures a prospective home seller can have is a prophylactic home inspection.  This preparatory home inspection will give the home seller a list of items to repair BEFORE that eager buyer is on the line.  Nothing sells quicker than a home that needs no repairs.  When weighing the cost of a lost buyer against the cost of a prophylactic home inspection, the cost of the home inspection is minor indeed.

ABOUT US

Pat Leroux

1st Step Home Inspection, LLC is a Maryland licensed and insured home inspection company.

Pat Leroux has several years of Vocational Technical of Education from Laurel Vocational Technical School in the areas of Electricity, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. He has 3 years practical experience in these areas. He previously also previously held a plumbing license.

Customers use his services to inspect their home and perform radon testing during their buying and selling process. He also has quality contact for repair services to assist in fixing different areas of the home.

Radon Testing