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Our team of professionals perform all types of services.


Home Inspections

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical, structural and mechanical components of a home. The inspector is inspecting everything he/she can visually see, get their hands on and operate at the time of an inspection. They start with the exterior from the foundation up to the roof surface, on the interior from the attic down to the basement. Note: Home Inspectors are not Superman; they do not have x-ray vision and cannot see through walls. They will inspect and operate all plumbing, electrical and heating systems and major appliances staying with the home. We follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics set forth in 266 CMR. A copy of the Standards of Practice and Definitions are provided with every home inspection.


Please click here to check out the Massachusetts State website to view the Standards. From a value perspective, we’re confident you’ll find a thorough home inspection will prove to be the best money you’ll spend during the home buying process.



Commercial Building Inspections

Similar to a typical home inspection, a commercial building inspection is a visual examination of the physical, structural and mechanical components of a building (or a complex of buildings). The written report is in a narrative format that lists the discrepancies observed/found during the inspection and is furnished along with photo documentation. As with home inspections, a thorough commercial building inspection offers total peace of mind during the buying process.



Wood Destroying Insect Inspections

The Building Inspector of America offers wood destroying insect inspection services (more commonly referred to as “termite” or “pest” inspections) for both residential and commercial properties. Beyond subterranean termites, we look for any type of wood destroying insects that can potentially eat away at the structure of the house/building including carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and carpenter bees.


During a wood destroying insect inspection, our inspectors check the exterior and interior of the structure for visible signs of current or previous wood destroying insect infestation and/or any related damage. Beyond reporting activity, our inspectors will look for conditions which may be conducive to attracting wood destroying insects to your property and give you pointers on remedying those conditions. This inspection is performed to the National Pest Management Association’s standards and utilizes their Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDIIR) Form NPMA-33. Note: This form is accepted by all banks and leading institutions in the country. The Building Inspector of America is a National Pest Management Association member.


Water Quality Testing

Our basic water quality (or potability) test is a thirteen point analysis of the drinking water. The water analysis tests the following: odor, turbidity, pH, color, nitrite nitrogen, nitrate nitrogen, chloride, hardness, iron, manganese, sulfate, sodium and coli form bacteria. This determines the overall quality of the tap water in a residential or commercial structure.

Water samples are collected by our inspectors and then analyzed by a professional, independent laboratory. The lab needs a minimum of 48 hours to perform their analysis. Upon completion, the results are sent directly to our clients.

Additional water testing is available upon request for specific chemicals, pesticides and radon in water for additional fees.



General Consultations

Our team of inspectors is available for consultations. We are often hired to inspect and report on a single or few items of concern which are not pursuant to a sale of a property. This service is available at an hourly rate. Consultations can take place before, during or after a building project is complete.



Expert Witness Consultations

Our company owner, Michael McDowell, is both qualified and available to serve as an expert witness on behalf of clients who opt to pursue legal remedies against home improvement, general contractors, builders, etc. Michael has a reputation for working for homeowners and builders alike as he is an objective and impartial third party.


For more information on Michael’s qualifications and certifications, please feel free to give us a call at 413.596.2338 to obtain his curriculum vitae and/or confidentially discuss your specific situation with him directly. Michael is a Certified Building Official, Licensed Construction Supervisor, and also a Real Estate Broker.

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