Here are my tips to prepare your kitchen for a home inspection:

Make sure all appliances are installed correctly and functioning, including garbage disposals.

Remove all clutter. Be sure there isn’t anything stored in the stove or microwave, and excess items are removed from under the sink.


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When you look at a normal 120-volt outlet there are two vertical slots and then a round hole centered below them. The left slot is slightly larger than the right. The left slot is called neutral, the right slot is called hot and the hole below them is called ground.

In 2008, the National Electr...

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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 occurs, water may be driven under the roof which may cause ceiling, wall, insulation and gutter damage. Ice dams can be pr...

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Gutters are designed to collect water from your roof, and with the help of drainpipes, move it away from your foundation. You can also collect water for gardening and other uses.

Gutters can be made of aluminum, steel, copper, wood, plastic, tile, and a variety of other materials.

The biggest...

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If you find the process of getting your home ready for sale overwhelming, you would be correct. If you are planning to sell your home, here are highlights of what the home inspector will be looking for on the exterior of the house:

Start with simple things like cutting back the trees and shrubs ...

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One thing you can do about the electric portion of your home inspection is to provide labels. An Inspector may have a hard time figuring out what all of these switches operate.

Get yourself some sticky notes and label the switches or leave operating instructions. We will thank you!

Storm windows frost up in the winter due to condensation from excess interior water vapor. When the sun comes up and warms the window, moisture accumulates on the window sill, and needs to be drained out via weep holes. Weep holes are small holes at the bottom of a storm window that allow moistur...

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If you are going to be away, even overnight, or you own a vacation property, make sure to locate the water service shut-off valve by the water meter, and turn it off. Run the faucets and flush to take any pressure out of the system. You don't want to come back to this.


8 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.
6 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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