RHS Home Inspections
Founded in 1992 and located in Gaithersburg, MD, Reliable Home Services, Inc. provides premier home inspections, environmental testing and building consultation services to the Washington DC metro area. Our highly trained inspectors are ASHI certified and state licensed. We regularly attend monthly seminars, technical trainings and continuing education classes to ensure that we meet the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 20 hours of continuing education and the State of Maryland 15 hours of continuing education each year, as well as to ensure we stay abreast of all current housing components. Our inspectors' professional insight will identify problems, offer solutions and provide mainenance suggestions to help you avoid major repairs and replacements. The more thorough we are, the more defects we find, the more money you save!
David Goldberg has over 30 years experience as a certified ASHI home inspector. David is trained by the National Institute of Building Inspectors. David is licensed in MD and VA. David is on the Board of Directors for MAC-ASHI Inspector Training and Development by orchestrating technical and education seminars twice per year. David has a BS degree from Slippery Rock University. David has a strong construction background from working with other contractors to renovating many homes for himself in both Montgomery and Frederick Counties. David offers a full-service product and will entertain working in any area (he's been flown to FL to inspect houses). David cares about his clients, he loves his job and will always give 100%!
I like educating sellers on the home they are selling so they can fix things as needed and the sale goes through from the get go, and I love educating buyers on the home they are buying so they know exactly what they're buying since it's a huge investment.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Please send an email to [email protected], call the office at 301-913-9213 or send a text to 301-641-4813. Someone will be happy to assist you. In order to schedule, we will need your full name, email and cell, your agent's contact info, the property address and what specifically you need: home inspection, radon testing or other environmental test.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
MD and VA licensed
Trained by the National Institute of Building Inspectors
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
The cost of each home inspection is dependent on several factors: type of home, location, # bedrooms, # bathrooms, # total square footage, # age, # detachings structures to be inspected (ie garages), # HVAC systems/zones, # kitchens, $ sales price, and what, if any, environmental tests needed.
Depending on who you contact, you may find that we are on the higher end of the price spectrum for local inspectors, but the service we provide goes beyond the standard and in turn is more beneficial to our clients. We bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the inspection. We like to give the example that recently a client hired David and another inspector to do his home inspection. Both inspectors did their inspections at the same time and the client followed each around separately. There was a $550 difference in our fees and the client was hesitant to hire David Goldberg but with David’s stellar reviews he decided to give us a chance. Afterwards, the client stated we were more thorough and we had found many items the other inspector did not, our report was more in depth and David was able to offer direction and explanations for defects more so than the other inspector which saved him in repairs much more than the $550 inspection price difference. We have since inspected 2 other homes, alone, for this client in his quest to find the perfect home for his family and we have received several referrals to his family and colleagues.
How did you get started in this business?
I have always had a love of construction. I decided I wanted to take it a step further and help others know what they were buying. 30 years later, I still Love what I do!
What types of customers have you worked with?
visit Yelp, Google, Redfin, Angies List, ASHI, www.rhsinspections.com, Home Advisor and Porch for previous client's reviews
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I know my job and when a contractor says I'm wrong and I'm able to show him why I'm not, It shows my clients that they hired one of the best and they can now make a well informed decision to purchase the home or walk away. It's a win-win for my expertise and the clients knowledge of the home.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
You should never forgo a home inspection. We truly believe in the value we are providing to homeowners. Our mission is to help families live in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home, and we believe our home inspections help complete this mission. We suggest you do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not 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 inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Since all inspectors are not equal, you need to review the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, certifications and professional affiliations, what the inspector is providing you during and after the inspection, the type of report he is offering and review prior client's comments on-line as a guide. The more thorough we are, the more defects we find, the more money you save! Our inspectors do a thorough inspection of the home and the end result is that you save more money. A home inspection by a licensed, certified, experienced professional is well worth the time and cost. David Goldberg is the home inspector often referred to as being too picky and thorough by many real estate agents, however, these same agents call David for their personal or a family member's inspection. We are certain that we can help you accomplish your goals regarding the purchase of this property. We have your back!
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
how long with the inspection take, what type of report will they receive (we offer a 20 pg computer written report), will the report include photos (our report includes color photos), how will they receive the report and when (we send our report via email within 24 hrs), should they follow along with the inspector or just let him do his thing (we like to make the inspection interactive to we want you to follow around with us), does the inspector offer anything extra (we offer free phone and email consults for as long as you own the home)