Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a home inspection cost?

Our fees are based on the home’s size (total finished square feet). Simply put, a larger property takes more time to inspect than a smaller one. Advance Home Inspections is competitively priced and our Nationally Certified Inspectors have inspected homes of every age and size throughout the Maryland.  Try our easy and quick online scheduling 24/7. Or call or email us with your home size for an immediate quote and to check availability.

How long will the inspection take?

An inspection typically takes 2 to 3 hours on site. Very small houses can take less and larger homes will take longer.

When will I receive my report?

Your report will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the inspection.

Do I need to be present at my home inspection?

Yes, we prefer you be there from the start! It’s immensely helpful to understanding your report and you’ll be able to ask questions as they come up. You’ll also be educated about the care and maintenance of the home. The inspector will adjust his comments to your comfort level and home ownership experience. Not everyone ‘speaks house’.  We’re told repeatedly that attending the entire time actually reduces questions afterwards – a BIG plus if there’s a contingency deadline.

What if I can’t attend?

It’s not always possible. Your inspector will gladly discuss the findings with you by phone after you’ve had a chance to read your report.

I’m a seller, why should I have an inspection?

It makes you a better informed seller. If you’ve owned your home for a period of time, an inspection will identify potential concerns that may come up in the buyer’s inspection.

Why do I have to register my property with Baltimore County?

Baltimore County Council passed Bill 87-07 on December 19, 2007, which requires that all buildings or portions of a building that contain one to six dwelling units, intended, or designed to be rented, leased, let or hired out to be occupied for living purposes be registered and licensed with Baltimore County. This was established to protect and promote public safety, health and welfare.

When should I register my property?

You must register and be licensed before your tenant moves into the property.

What if I don’t register my property?

You may be subject to:

  • Denial, suspension, revocation or non-renewal of the license
  • Civil penalties of $25 per day for each day a violation occurs
  • $200 per day for each day a correction notice is not complied with
  • $1000 fine for not complying with the Rental Registration Law

What does the home inspector look for?

We are required to check for the following items:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide alarms installed in the common area outside of and audible in each sleeping area
  • Electrical system has no apparent visual hazards
  • All plumbing is functional with no apparent visual hazards
  • All windows designed to be opened are operational
  • All combustion appliances are properly vented (for example: furnace, hot water heater, dryer)
  • Secondary means of escape from sleeping areas exist with no exterior health or safety hazards

Does every rental property have to be registered?

No, find which exceptions apply here.

How do I register my property?

The easiest way is to follow the steps to register online. Here is the link to get started.

How much will it cost?

View our pricing here.

How long is my rental license good for?

3 years for rental licenses, which expire on the third anniversary of its effective date. Before a license expires, the licensee may periodically renew it for an additional three-year term.