Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why Should I get a home inspection?

A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.

A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional costs that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.

Q: What are your inspector's qualifications?

A: Not all home inspectors are alike. Inspectors have different training, experience, certifications and licenses. At Reliable Home Services, we are licensed in the states of Maryland and Virginia, we are professionally trained and are ASHI Certified. Our inspectors adhere to The Standards of Practice set forth by The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Q: Can A House Fail The Inspection?

A: No. A professional home inspector does not issue a pass or fail grade on a home. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the prospective home. The home inspector will describe the physical condition of the home and indicate what may need repair or replacement.

Q: When Do I Get The Report?

A: Our computer-generated report, which is a checklist and narrative format, is between 10-18 pages, including digital photographs is delivered via email within 24 hrs of completion of the inspection, though generally it is the same day.

Q: When And How Do I Schedule A Home Inspection?

A: You generally have between 7 and 10 days after you sign the contract to get a home inspection. We would advise you to call us as soon as you sign the contract on the prospective home. This will ensure that you can get the inspection performed at a time that's most convenient for you.

When you're ready to schedule your inspection just give us a call at 301-913-9213. We have full time schedulers on staff to assist you and it's no problem if you call on the weekend. One of our schedulers is on call each weekend. If you reach the answering machine, just leave a message and the scheduler on call will get back with you as soon as possible. You may also email us at

Q: How Much Does An Inspection Cost?

A: The price of the inspection varies based on several factors pertaining to the home. Larger homes take longer to inspect, hence the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don't let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations should be the most important consideration.

Q: How Do I Pay The Inspector?

A: Payment is due at the inspection. We accept personal checks (made payable to RHS, Inc.) and cash.

Q: What will the inspection cover?

A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation.

Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Ceilings
  • Chimney
  • Crawlspace
  • Doors & Windows
  • Driveways & Walks
  • Electrical System
  • Fireplace
  • Floors
  • Foundation
  • Grading
  • Gutters
  • Heating
  • Insulation
  • Major Appliances
  • Plumbing System
  • Retaining Walls
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Siding & Trim
  • Ventilation
  • Walls
  • Water Heater


Q: How long will the Inspection take?

.A: Most Inspections take between 2 1/2 to 4 hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?

A: Being at the inspection will ensure you gain first-hand insight into your new home. We will offer preventative maintenance advise and life-time expectancy of the major systems. We will educate you on the home and we are able to answer directly any questions you have or address any of your concerns.

Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?

A: Call and ask the company about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.

Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?

A: You can call us at 301-913-9213 or send us an email at and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment and we will answer any questions free of charge for as long as you own the home.