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An Awareness home inspection provides you knowledge about the home you are buying.
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     Professional, thorough, and educational home inspections from an experienced, independent and unbiased home inspector to make you aware of the conditions of the home you are purchasing.

     My goal as a professional Maryland home inspector is to provide you with knowledge through an educational home inspection of your soon-to-be  Maryland home so that you are aware of the conditions of that home, and to provide that home inspection at a reasonable price. Let me put my 40 years of construction, construction management, and inspection experience to work for you.
     A home inspector in Maryland must be licensed and perform home inspections that, at a minimum, meet the Maryland Standards of Practice (SOP). You should verify that your home inspector is licensed in the state of Maryland. You can see the SOP, and verify a license, at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) website or by clicking here. You can access the DLLR site by clicking on the Maryland flag on the right hand side of this page.  In addition to the Maryland requirements, I am a Certified Inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and use ASHI  Standards of Practice (SOP). You can see those Standards at the ASHI website, accessed by clicking here or on the ASHI emblem just under the Maryland flag. If you prefer, I will e-mail you a copy of the ASHI SOP. While at the ASHI website, check out the Client Bill of Rights, an ASHI first.

     So why care about what standards are used or what, if any, professional organizations your  home inspector chooses to belong to?  ASHI Certification is your assurance that your  home inspector is a professional, experienced, unbiased home inspector. Simply put, while not the largest, ASHI is the most prestigious of the national home inspector organizations and the toughest to attain and keep the title of Certified.  While other organizations come close, only ASHI uses an outside certification board to oversee their certification process. In other words, do you want a self-certified home inspector or one that has passed and maintains a set of standards set up by an independent certification process?  And the ASHI SOP? They have been adopted word for word or with some small modifications to be the inspection standard by law in many states.

     "In 1976, a group of visionary home inspectors with the common goal of building consumer awareness and enhancing the professionalism of their field established the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This not-for-profit professional association for home inspectors made its first order of business to establish and advocate high standards of practice and a strict code of ethics for the member community.
The Mission of ASHI is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession." ~ ASHI webpage.
     "The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies as a recognized accrediting association for its profession-leading Certified Inspector Program. ASHI is now the only accredited home inspection association whose full members have completed a recognized third-party certification process." ~  Jan 6, 2010.

     I like the way Daniel Friedman states it on his Inspectapedia website - "A license is mandatory and indicates legal compliance.  A certification supported by education and testing requirements is voluntary and indicates professionalism."
     I am proud to state that I am a professional ASHI Certified Home Inspector. Whether your home inspection is in Columbia or Westminster, Silver Spring or Parkville, Towson or Aberdeen, you want the best you can get. Send me an email or give me a call so we can discuss what you can expect from me.

               Sincerely, Charlie Rice, A.C.I.

Awareness Home Inspection Services, LLC

443 538 6921

Making you aware of what you are buying