INSPECTION SERVICES

Inspection Services

Maryland's most progressive inspection company has offered a full menu of home inspection and environmental testing services since 2004. In addition to the services below, Gold Key offers well flow and water quality testing as well as septic inspections through a partnership with a leading environmental testing company. One call inspects it all!

HOMES

A pre-purchase home inspection is conducted in accordance with guidelines set forth in the Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), which exceed Maryland's minimum standards, and includes a thorough inspection of all major structural and mechanical components of a house. It is important to note that a home inspection will not reveal every concern that currently exists or that ever could exist but only those material defects observed at the time of the inspection. Our full inspection includes more than 400 mechanical, structural and system items. Further, Gold Key also offers thermal imaging for clients who wish to have an additional layer of inspection.

RADON

Radon. You can't see it. You can't taste it. You can't smell it. But, if you live in Maryland, it may be present in your home, and it may affect your health. Gold Key recommends that all homes be tested for radon.

The good news is that your home inspector from Gold Key can test radon levels, and a house with high radon levels (4.0 pCi/L or higher) can be fixed. Radon mitigation involves installing a system that either actively or passively vents the gas from beneath the foundation of the home.

The Environmental Protection Agency provides extensive information on radon, its risks and solutions for homes with high radon levels.

MOLD

Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Gold Key assists clients with evaluating moisture and mold issues. We perform surface sampling where there are visible suspect growths. Air sampling is recommended if there is evidence of prior water damage and suspicion of possible hidden mold growth.

TERMITE

What you can’t see may be eating you out of house and home. Many lenders require homebuyers to have a termite certification completed by a certified inspector. Such certification is made in accordance with Maryland State Department of Agriculture regulations and notes any visible infestation by wood destroying insects or organisms as well as any visible damage that may require repair by the seller prior to settlement.

We inspect for the following wood destroying insects:
  • Termites
  • Carpenter ants
  • Powder post beetles
  • Wood boring beetles
  • Carpenter bees
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