How can you tell if the water heater is fully depreciated or (getting ready to fail?) You could look at the date code. If it has a 10-year warranty and it's 10 years old, I would suggest thinking about replacement.

Note: The date codes can be tricky but can usually be found in the serial number.

I have seen as many as three layers of roofing on a house at inspections. In one case, someone installed plywood over the roof shingles and then added another layer.

An average roof weighs 250 lbs per square (100 sq. ft.). Add a few more layers of roof and some heavy, wet snow and you get the p...

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Most inspections also include a pest inspection.

Powder Post Beetle is a term used to describe several species of small (1/8-3/4” long), wood insects that reduce wood to a fine, flour-like powder.

Damage is done by the larvae as they create narrow, meandering tunnels in wood as they feed. Infes...

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Attached garages are a haven for all kinds of toxic activity. Consider what you store in the garage. Your car leaks all manner of fluids from gas to transmission fluid, grease, oil, power steering fluid, and anti-freeze.

In this garage there is a snow blower, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, chainsaw...

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What does a tankless coil do? In theory, the tankless coil will deliver hot water to your faucet all the time without the use of a water heater.

The knob under my finger is how you set the temperature of the water. When you turn your faucet on, the water is heated as it flows through a heating ...

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Here is a short list of frequently flagged items found on a home inspection:

1. Mold in the attic
2. Improperly installed attic ventilation system
3. Improperly installed insulation
4. Improperly installed gutters and drainpipes
5. Multiple layers of roof
6. Improperly installed siding
7. Found...

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On a recent home inspection, while inspecting a first-floor bedroom, I noticed that the floor was a bit springy.

A further inspection of the crawlspace under the house revealed the problem. This home is supported by concrete piers. The piers end at the soil surface and concrete blocks connect ...

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What might I find under the insulation? In this case, stains from rodent urine and feces. Keep those critters out of the house.

Winter cold temps have arrived in New England and the snow and ice are not far behind. It's time to think about ice dams.

Ice dam formation is the result of continuous freezing and thawing of snow due to escaping heat from the house or from gutters being backed up with frozen slush.

When this o...

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7 months ago
Mike was fantastic! Super friendly, extremely knowledgeable about everything and literally inspected every nook, cranny, and inch of my new (and first) property. Basically he is everything you want in a home inspector. He explained everything and answered all my questions. He emailed me my report that same night. I am definitely using him again when I purchase my next home.
5 months ago
Professional and thorough home inspection. Also pointed out improvements and maintenance items that could be completed.
- Robert S
2 years ago
Mike was very professional and knowledgeable. He was able to schedule quickly and for the time that work best for me. The day of the inspection he was timely and thorough. His expertise was well demonstrated in the report and he was happy to anyswer any and all questions we had before, during and after the inspection.
- Lindsay S

About The Home Inspection

Congratulations on Your New Home! 

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. The home buying process is filled with many decisions. When you buy a house, you should be able to expect a safe, sound, and secure home for you and your family to enjoy. 

Here at D&M Home Inspection Company, I assure my clients that you can trust me as your certified inspector to bring personalized, exceptional service and expert knowledge encouraging smart decisions and peace of mind in your home buying experience. You can count on my knowledge and over 30 years of experience in the construction field. I do not benefit financially from the sale or repairs of any home. My inspections are dependable, honest and sincere. 

I encourage my clients to follow me through the inspection. In this way, I can point out issues and help you to distinguish whether an item is routine maintenance or a costly repair. I work for you and treat every inspection as if one of my family members was making the purchase. 

How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost? 

Quality you’d expect at prices you wouldn’t. I offer affordable pricing and my goal is to provide the best value in the neighborhood. 

My home inspection rates for towns in Northeastern Massachusetts (within a 25 mile radius from our office in Boxborough, MA) currently start at $525 for homes up to 1500 square feet and include a full narrative style report with photographs, a free pest inspection ($125 value) and a free visual mold inspection (I am also a certified mold remediation contractor.) 

Radon, water, and mold testing are available for an additional charge that includes lab fees. 

Book your Home Inspection today! 

Cost should not be the only factor in deciding whether to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Do not get fooled by a low introductory price. Always get the total price for a COMPLETE home inspection and factor in the inspector’s qualifications and experience. A highly qualified Home Inspector can save you thousands of dollars on the purchase price of your home by uncovering defects that a less experienced inspector might miss. 

Book by call or text to 508-294-5756 or email dmcompany55@gmail.com.

The Report 

After inspecting the home, I return to my office and prepare a professional narrative report to document the inspection findings. The report is easy to read, and the embedded photographs help you comprehend the significance of each area of concern. 

Why You Should Not Perform Your Own Home Inspection 

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. They know how the home’s system and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. 

Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the home they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection. 

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