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Walsh Home Inspections Helps Home Owners and Buyers Make Informed Decisions

By Pamela Sosnowski

If you're a homeowner or buyer, it's inevitable that you will need to hire an inspector to inspect a property you're selling or interested in buying. When that time comes, it's important to choose an inspection company that is established and trusted.

"Walsh Home Inspections is based in Cumberland and performs more than 1,500 inspections annually in Rhode Island and Massachusetts," said owner and founder Mike Walsh. "Our services also include bilingual inspections (Portuguese), water quality testing and radon testing."

When Walsh founded his company in 2008, he was the only employee. Today, he and his team perform inspections for home sellers and buyers throughout eastern and central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Additional services include radon testing and insect detection. Every home inspection includes a thorough inspection of a property's structural, interior, and exterior components as a building's foundation, roof, ceilings, stairways, and more are examined. According to Walsh, whose background is in real estate and construction, an inspection is just as valuable to a home seller as it is to a potential buyer.

"A seller's inspection is the best way to prepare a home and its owner for the sales process," he said. "Done before listing, it can alert sellers to issues that they may have been unaware of and that a future homebuyer's inspector may find. This gives the seller an opportunity to decide whether to fix an issue prior to listing or simply to be aware that it may come up during the sales transaction."

One of the most important services that Walsh Home Inspections performs is radon testing. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the States, and because it is odorless and tasteless, its presence in a home is not only silent but can be deadly. The company offers two methods of radon detection: liquid scintillation canisters (Massachusetts only) and continuous radon monitors (available in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.) If radon is found in a home, a licensed radon-reduction contractor will need to be hired to lower the radon level.

The company is licensed to perform inspections in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is affiliated with several industry organizations as well as being accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Walsh is passionate about his career, and happy to assist anyone in need of a thorough and honest home inspection.

"What I enjoy most about being a home inspector is helping people at an exciting, and often emotional, time in their lives," he said. "If we can educate people on a property and give them confidence that they have the right information to make an informed decision, then we've done an important job. A job that I really love."

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