When should you have a Home Inspection?

When people think of having a home inspection, they typically associate it with buying a house. But that’s only a part of our business. Just as you take your car to the mechanic for regular oil changes, or go to the doctor when you’re sick, there are times when you need to know about the […]

What You Can Expect from Your Home Inspection Report

At Inspections by Bob, we aim to give you as much information as possible about your home and the fixtures, appliances, and structures inside it. We want you to know that you are making a sound investment, and that your home will be as safe a place as possible for you and your family. Because […]

Now Offering Home Energy Score Assessments!

We are proud to announce that we are now officially certified by the Department of Energy to perform Home Energy Score Assessments! Welmoed completed the training and passed all the tests to receive her certificate this week. What is the Home Energy Score? This is a new program started by the Department of Energy to […]

Why We Go Above Minimum Requirements for State Continuing Education Courses

To be a licensed home inspector in Maryland, we are required to obtain a minimum of 15 continuing education credits per year in state-approved classes. Inspections by Bob believes that a good home inspector needs to surpass this required minimum, to increase education in subjects that ultimately benefit our home inspection business and the lives […]

Going Digital, Part 3: good Karma means great Wifi

An issue we faced when transitioning to electronic reports delivered in the field was how to provide internet connectivity seamlessly in a territory that covers four counties, and sometimes more.  We could turn on the ‘hot spot’ function of our phones, but the cost seemed a bit steep for the data we would not be […]

Going Digital, Part 2: Getting the Picture

In converting to electronic reports, one of the issues that arose was that tablets don’t have as good cameras as we were used to using. We have rugged, waterproof, digital cameras with good lenses, zoom, and flash. Our tablets have… well, they have the ability to take a picture. Most of the time this is […]

We’ve Gone Digital!

When we first started doing home inspections, it was pretty standard to use some kind of written report, usually with carbonless forms. We used the ITA Matrix Deluxe forms for 13 years. Gradually, though, inspectors throughout the industry started to transition to electronic reports, which allowed for more detail and easier reading. But we resisted […]

Is your Home Inspector independent? We are!

We are very proud to be members of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America (IHINA). We have pledged that we will not solicit clients from Realtors or other real estate service providers. We don’t do promotional presentations in their offices; we don’t buy them donuts or candy; we don’t give gifts in exchange for […]