Pricing and Services

Our Services and Prices

All of our services include a comprehensive report and overview of your results, as well as a consultation with one of our inspectors to discuss the findings of your inspection, and the next steps that may be recommended to resolve any issues noted in the report.

Our Service Areas

Serving Maryland’s Eastern Shore – Dorchester County, Talbot County, Caroline County, Queen Anne’s County, Kent County, Wicomico County, Worcester County, Somerset County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Harford County.

Hometown Inspections will also be extending our services to Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.

Home Inspection

Our home inspections are completely comprehensive. We will accompany you through a walkthrough and inspection of the home you’re interested in buying, and assess its condition using our multi-point home inspection checklist. Our home inspections include:

  • Multi-point inspection and walkthrough
  • Thermal imaging
  • Roof and foundation inspection
  • A comprehensive report noting all issues
  • Follow-ups and support from your home inspector

Our Home Inspection Pricing

  • UP TO 1500 SQFT                    $325.00
  • 1500 SQFT – 1750 SQFT        $350.00
  • 1750 SQFT – 2000 SQFT        $375.00
  • 2000 SQFT – 2250 SQFT        $400.00
  • 2250 SQFT – 2500 SQFT        $425.00
  • 2500 SQFT – 2750 SQFT        $450.00
  • 2750 SQFT – 3000 SQFT        $475.00
  • 3000 SQFT – 3250 SQFT        $500.00
  • 3250 SQFT – 3500 SQFT        $525.00
  • 3500 SQFT – 3750 SQFT        $550.00
  • 3750 SQFT – 4000 SQFT        $575.00
  • 4000 SQFT – 4250 SQFT        $600.00
  • 4250 SQFT – 4500 SQFT        $625.00
  • 4500 SQFT – 4750 SQFT        $650.00
  • 4750 SQFT – 5000 SQFT        $675.00
  • 5000 SQFT – 5250 SQFT        $700.00
  • 5250 SQFT – 5500 SQFT        $725.00
  • 5500 SQFT – 5750 SQFT        $750.00
  • 5750 SQFT – 6000 SQFT        $775.00
  • 6000 SQFT – 6250 SQFT        $800.00
  • 6250 SQFT – 6500 SQFT        $825.00
  • 6500 SQFT – 6750 SQFT        $850.00
  • 6750 SQFT – 7000 SQFT        $875.00
  • 7000 SQFT – 7250 SQFT        $900.00
  • 7250 SQFT – 7500 SQFT        $925.00
  • 7500 SQFT – 7750 SQFT        $950.00
  • 7750 SQFT – 8000 SQFT        $975.00
  • 8000 SQFT – 8250 SQFT        $1000.00
  • 8250 SQFT – 8500 SQFT        $1025.00
  • 8500 SQFT – 8750 SQFT        $1050.00
  • 8750 SQFT – 9000 SQFT        $1075.00
  • 9000 SQFT – 9250 SQFT        $1100.00

Additional Pricing for Age

  • 50 – 74  Years Old + $50.00
  • 75 – 99 Years Old  + $75.00
  • 100 – 124 Years Old + $100.00
  • 125 – 150 Years Old + $125.00

What is a Home Inspection and what it is NOT

What IS a Home Inspection?

  • A home inspection is a visual examination of its structural integrity and its foundation. The inspection includes the roof and walls as well as the homes systems such as plumbing, various electrical elements, and the heating and air conditioning. Appliances are also checked. The inspector will look for evidence of water damage, mold growth, and other commo home issues.
  • In addition to pointing out problems, the inspector should also make recommendations on any maintenance needs.
  • This is a private home inspection for which the buyer pays the inspection fee out of their own pocket to a private home inspection business.

What a Home Inspection IS NOT.

  • The inspection is NOT an appraisal of the home’s value.
  • The home inspection is NOT a 100% guarantee or warranty that the home is completely free of defects. The home inspector will NOT move furniture, appliances, look inside walls, drain pools, etc…
  • The home inspection is NOT free.
  • It is NOT done by the city inspectors or anybody with the public or government agency.
  • A home inspection is NOT pass or fail. The very detailed report will tell you the overall condition of the home, the home’s systems, and its components.

How to find the BEST Home Inspectors

  • Some buyers view the home inspection as an expense rather than protection against purchasing a problem home which results in choosing the inexperienced and unskilled inspector.
  • While a personal referral from friends and family is best, you can also get a list of referrals from your real estate agent, and Google reviews on possible home inspectors.

Sample Home Inspection Report

Water Quality Testing

Whether you are on well water or public water, we always recommend that you have your water tested prior to purchasing your new home and annually there after. Your water can spend time in some unsavory places. Well water can become contaminated with bacteria from septic leaching and with nitrates from farming runoff. Your public water can spend days sitting in dirty pipes and may become contaminated with Lead or Arsenic. We will sample your water using the standards emplaced by the MD Department of The Environment and send it to a certified lab for testing. Your water will be tested for Arsenic and Lead (contamination from pipes), Coliform and E.Coli (contamination from sewage/septic leaching) and finally, Nitrate and Nitrite (harmful farming runoff). You will receive a full lab report usually within 5 days of sampling. Ensure your water is safe for your family by having it tested by Hometown Inspections.

VA/FHA/HUD Loan Compliant. 

Our Water Quality Testing Pricing

$295

Includes: Bacteria (E. Coli, Coliform) Nitrate, Nitrite, Lead, Iron, pH, Sand, Turbidity, and Arsenic Testing

Sample Water Testing Results

Termite Inspection

Termites can go unnoticed until they cause catastrophic damage to your home. Whether you’re shopping for a home and suspect a termite issue, or you think your current home may be affected by termites, we can provide you with comprehensive testing, and help you understand your options for termite remediation if we do discover an infestation.

Our Termite Inspection Pricing

$125

Termite damage sometimes appears similar to water damage. Outward signs of termite damage include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations also can exude a scent similar to mildew or mold.

Sample Termite Report

Septic System Inspection

This is the most comprehensive septic inspection available!

A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum (fat, oil and grease). Effluent regularly exits the tank into a drain field where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reentered into the groundwater. Scum and sludge must be pumped periodically and should never enter the drain field.

Your Septic Inspection will include:

  • File Search: We will reach out to your local Health Department and obtain any records available from your septic system installation.
  • Homeowner/Occupant Interview: We will attempt to gather information from the current occupant regarding household water usage.
  • Physical Inspection: Locate tank, determine tank composition, determine water level, check flow from house, probe tank for cracks, and locate absorption area.
  • Final Report: Comprehensive documentation of observations and findings.

Potential Problems

  • Metal Tanks
  • Leaking Concrete Tanks
  • Slow drainage
  • Heavy solids in tanks
  • Faulty Pumps
  • Faulty Floats
  • Faulty Alarms
  • Broken Baffles
  • Full or nearly full drain fields and drywells
  • Unleveled distribution boxes
  • Clogged or broken lines

Our Septic Inspection Pricing

$395

Includes: Comprehensive septic system report along with photo images of underground piping. Hydraulic load test if water on site, fiber optic camera scope of drain field if accessible, excavation of distribution box if accessible, county records if available

Excavating the distribution box and septic tank

Septic Tank Effluent Chamber

Scoping the drain field

Sample Septic Inspection Report

Main Line Sewer Scope (Properties on Public Sewer)

A main line sewer scope video inspection allows the home inspector to see any problems with the main sewage pipe connecting your house to the street. Potential problems with main line sewer pipes include root intrusion, cracks, punctures, corrosion, misaligned pipe sections, collapsed pipes and clogged pipes. The camera will also identify grease buildup, leaks and obstructions. You will receive a full report, including photos from the inside of your pipe.

Our  Camera Sewer Line Inspection Pricing

$175 (When purchased with a Home Inspection)

$275 (Without a Home Inspection)

Includes: Video report of main drain line from the house to the street.

Recommended if the home is older than 15 years or if trees and vegetation are present.

Sample Sewer Scope Report

Well System Inspection with Water Quality Testing and Water Flow Test

  • What is a well inspection?

During an inspection, the inspector will test the water system and check it for volume and pressure. They will look at the well to make sure it is properly constructed and compliant. A typical inspection normally takes 1 ½ to 2 hours, and we run the water for up to an hour as needed.

  • How often should you have your well inspected?
Private well water should be tested a minimum of once per year. Drinking water supplies obtained from shallow wells and surface water sources should be tested more frequently (i.e. seasonally), as they are more susceptible to contamination. It is important to test your drinking water at the tap and at the source.

Our Well Inspection Pricing

$395

Includes: Copy of county records if available, inspection of all visible well components, 1 hour functional water flow test, and water quality testing (includes arsenic).  See Water Quality Testing for more information

Sample Well System Inspection Report

Mold and Air Quality Reporting

Mold is a living organism that is found naturally in both indoor and outdoor environments, growing on materials that have been water damaged or in areas with high humidity.

Mold generally will not grow if it does not have a source of water. To many individuals, mold is mostly an allergen that can cause normal allergy symptoms. Under certain circumstances, some molds can even be toxic.

Our Mold Inspection Pricing

$275

Includes: 5 interior living spaces and 1 HVAC air draw

Sample Mold Reports/Results

Radon Testing

What is Radon?

Radon Is a Cancer‑Causing, Radioactive Gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second
leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Why Should I Test for Radon?

  • Radon Has Been Found in Homes All Over the United States.
  • Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United
    States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through
    the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your
    home through well water.
  • Your home can trap radon inside.
  • Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
  • Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is
    estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more).
  • Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office for information about radon in your area.

Our Radon Testing Pricing

$175

Includes: 48 hour continuous monitor scan and detailed report of findings

Sample Radon Testing Report

Dock/Pier Inspections

What is Included/Inspected?

  • Pilings
  • Piling Caps – These protect pilings from water damage.
  • Safety Hazards
  • Railings
  • Electric
  • Boat Lifts – Boat lifts are generally not operated if a boat is on the lift
  • Electric – Including water protection coverings and GFCI protection

  • Motors & Cables/Assembling of the Boat Lift
  • Plumbing
  • Boat Lift Housings/Roof (if applicable)
  • Piling Wraps
  • Hardware Condition
  • General Structure & Condition
  • Other Hazards & Recommendations

When Should You Get a Dock Inspection?

A dock inspection should always be completed during a real estate transaction. This is so you understand the condition of the dock before purchasing. Typically, home inspectors charge less fees for the dock inspection when coupled with a general home inspection. This is so you purchase the home/dock for a fair price.

However, general dock inspections once owned, should be inspected yearly for damage. Docks should be properly maintained to protect from further damage during heavy rain/winds/waves. A damaged dock can possibly damage seawalls and your home’s structure.

Our Dock/Pier Inspection Pricing

$95

Includes:  Detailed report of findings.

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