Homeowner Tip: You cannot install outlets over electric heat. If you have ever had a portable electric space heater you know how hot they can get. The lamp cord you see here could catch on fire. Also, electric baseboard heaters could potentially ignite drapes, furniture, or belongings.

It's getting chilly here in Massachusetts. If you have a wood stove, it should be set on a non-combustible floor and have 18” of clearance in every direction. This one is only six inches from the right side carpet. Note: Wood stove clearance requirements vary by manufacturer.

This drain pipe is dumping water right next to the foundation. I suggest extending the drainpipes at least three feet away from the foundation to help prevent settling of the foundation and water entry into the basement.

About yard grading:

When your house was first built, the yard sloped away from the building, acting as the roof and drawing water away. After years of water dripping next to the foundation, the yard has sunk next to the house and water is now directed towards the foundation.

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On a chimney without the rain hat or spark arrestor, water can collect between the flue liner and the bricks.

This leakage shows up as efflorescence (mineral salts), the same thing you sometimes see on the interior of basement foundations. The efflorescence is an indication that something is wr...

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What is wrong here? There should be six inches of clearance between the stove and the fridge. This is a big deal as it will require disassembling this section of the brand-new kitchen. Also, the stove should not set below the countertop.

Today’s most popular style of roofing, introduced in the 1970s, is the architect shingle. These can last from 25 to 50 years. A home with a new roof is much easier to sell than a home with an old roof.

A sewer pipe vents sewer/methane gas from the septic tank or sewer through the roof. A flashing must be installed around the pipe to keep it from leaking. A standard flashing will be made of aluminum with a rubber collar. Sometimes the collar will split. At this point some people elect to add a l...

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Most houses don't have this amount of mold (this is a living room ceiling).

However, It is impossible to completely eliminate all molds and mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture ...

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4 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.
2 months ago
Professional and thorough home inspection. Also pointed out improvements and maintenance items that could be completed.
- Robert S
a year 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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