Jack Reilly Associates, Inc.

Jack Reilly Associates, Inc.

2 employees
42 years in business

About this pro

We are a two-man company in business for more than thirty years. We are known for the depth of our knowledge and the thoroughness of our inspections. We have always had the highest possible ratings from Angie's list and the Better Business Bureau. In 2011 we were named "Baltimore's Best" by the City Paper. In 2018 we were named "Baltimore's Best" by the Baltimore Sun.

Teaching people how a house works, how to take care of it's systems, what to expect and how to avoid unnecessary costs. Read more about us at:JackReillyAssociates.com

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Baltimore, MD 21204
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We normally work on an hourly rate and always want to have a telephone conversation with our clients before an inspection to establish the type of inspection they want. We prefer to have our clients with us. We videotape the entire inspection and include a great deal of maintenance information. We provide a personally written, type written report of the defects and concerns.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a graduate of the Universit of Pennsylvania and was a consultant on HUD's first manual on the rehab of older houses in 1978. I was a HUD lecuturer on rehab seminars in such cities as Baltimore, Los Ageles and Washington, DC. I have served on every major committe of the American Society of Home Inspectors, including the International Board of Directors. I have lecured to over 1200 people entering the home inspection profession or obtaining further education in the profession. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

For a one man inspection we normally charge $120 per hour, for a two man inspection we charge $240 an hour. Our fees are slghtly higher for commercial inspections. For Homeguide clients we normally work for a fixed fee in the knowledge that we have inspected many houses of a similar age and size.

How did you get started in this business?

I was a rehad contractor on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC in the 1970s. A client wished to have my solution to a difficult problem reviewed by the president of one of the earliest home inspection companies. He not only liked my solution, but was soon asking me to perform follow-up inspections for some of his inspectors. I was soon asked to join the ranks of the home inspection profession.

What types of customers have you worked with?

All types. We prefer clients who join us on an inspection they have hired us to perform.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Twice in the last month we have performed inspections for repeat clients for whom we did an initial inspection years ago. We are proud that we have such a followng and that most of our inspections come from personal recommendations.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Do your own research for a home inspector. Not all, but some Realtors, want you to use "their" home inspector, who will perform a soft inspection to extemely minimal standards.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

A home is perhaps the most expensive thing you will buy in your life. If you hire an inspector for the lowest fee, you mght be all right.  You might also be buying a house with tens of thousands of dollars immediate problems that you will have to pay for, problems that a good inspector would have pointed out. 

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