"Robert did an amazing inspection for my husband and myself, as he meticulously went through the house he also took the time to teach me about home maintenance and care. We unfortunately did not get that house but now I know Robert and I will be calling him for any home inspections we have in the future. Thank you Robert!"
Bridget F. Washington, DC
"After looking for a Home inspector to inspect my home on July 4th weekend, Robert was available and willing to work with me. Robert, provide all his credentials before the start date. He also provide you with a sample report, safety tips, and other information before the Home Inspection date. Within the 24 hour period he provided the report and additional recommendation in upkeep of the house. Robert, checked all outlet, windows, and more than what I expected. He answer questions that I have concern and check spots that I was concern with. Robert showed me possible way to save money on electric bill, how to maintain and extend the life of the driveway and more. He checked above, behind, under each area and took the entire three hours walking the house. I needed the report by the next day and he gave it to me within 6 hours. This gave me time to make a decision before the due date (the following day).
I highly recommend Robert to anyone that is looking for a home."
Armondo C. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert inspected the home we are seeking to purchase yesterday, and we couldn't be happier with his service. He was incredibly thorough, arriving early at the home and spending approximately five hours going through every corner of the home. As first-time home buyers, he explained all of his concerns and recommendations in a manner that was easy to digest. He provided a full report that evening, along with an overview and photos that will give us a clear roadmap on how to maintain and improve our home. We wouldn't hesitate to strongly recommend him!"
Robert S. Silver Spring, MD
"As a first-time home buyer, I barely know anything about where to inspect a townhouse! It was good to have Rob with me to go through the process. He is a responsible, patient, knowledgeable, and thorough home inspector, that I would definitely recommend to my friends or families who need to purchase a house. He spent more than three hours in a two-story townhouse with walk-in basement. He walked through each room with me, including the attic, explaining what needs to be fixed as well as giving me suggestions on how to maintain the house in the future. His report is detailed with support of pictures taken at the site. I would say having his report makes it easier to talk to the seller."
Hanyan S. Germantown, MD
"Robert was absolutely amazing! He made my husband and I feel very confident about moving forward with our home purchase, and was generally a pleasure to work with.. He examined every square inch of the home, inside and out... He was also a wealth of information for home maintenance tips! I got the impression he'd do this sort of thing just for fun, and being paid to do it was just a bonus! Money extremely well spent."
Sarah S. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert was a pleasure to work with and an excellent home inspector. Robert was thorough and well-informed about all aspects of inspecting the 1947-built two-story home with a basement we are purchasing. He walked trough all aspects of the inspection with us, provided his report (with digital photos) promptly, and provided practical advice for potential repairs and improvements. I would recommend Robert wholeheartedly to anyone needing a home inspector."
Doug R. Washington, DC
"Robert is great to work with. He is very knowledgeable and thorough. I really appreciate that Robert goes that extra mile to make sure my buyers are getting the best home possible and spend the necessary time to explain the day to day needs of a home so my clients home will remain in good condition for years to come. Robert has also come to the rescue in dire times of need and truly saved the day. He's great to work with, and easy to get in contact with when you need him. I highly recommend using The Home Detective for your home inspection needs."
Daniel W. Silver Spring, MD
"Great job looking over the entire property. Was very thorough in doing our home inspection. In addition, gave us plenty of tips and was more than willing to help with any questions we had. If you need anybody to look your property over or a Radon inspection, look no further…... just call The Home Detective. The price was more than reasonable."
Ray L. Camp Hill, PA
"Knowledgeable and thorough inspector. Easy to work with. Robert will not only give you the information you need before making a purchase, but will also give you the information you need to maintain your home in good repair. He knows his business and is trustworthy. You can rely on his work. I give him my highest rating."
Paul S. Brookville, MD
"A friend had recommended Robert after he inspected their home and so we decided to go with him. It was important for us to have an inspector that was working for us and no one else in the real estate transaction. While doing his inspection, he also helped educate one of the members of our real estate team, who was also very impressed with how thorough his work was. He inspected a 1495 square foot DC row house that had undergone a gut renovation. Even though everything was new, he helped us put together a list of about 30 items for the seller to correct. He spent over three hours with us the first time, educating us as he went along. He got us the inspection report in 24 hours which was well over 10 pages. He was able to do a re-inspection to confirm that everything was fixed which took over an hour. Despite delays and a blizzard, he was flexible and responsive despite scheduling glitches that had not thing to do with him. He also gave us tips on how to make the place more energy efficient."
Aubrey D. Washington, DC
"Robert is very thorough and knowledgeable. We needed to get an inspection quickly and he was able to accommodate. He took his time and walked us through everything that he was doing. I would highly recommend Robert and will use him again if we are in need of an inspection."
Jaunelle P. Washington, DC
"I cannot recommend The Home Detective enough. He is so completely thorough and truly reviews the house as if he is going to purchase it. Our experience may be a little different than other reviewers in that he saved us from buying the house that was not for us. He completed a home inspection for a house on which we had a contract. After completion of his thorough inspection, he uncovered a number of issues that let us know we had to either renegotiate the purchase price, or walk away. We attempted to renegotiate the purchase price (or receive seller assistance in addressing the issues), but the seller was not willing. THANK GOODNESS for Robert. We walked away from that contract and soon after found the home of our dreams. Later, the property that Robert inspected ended up dropping the purchase price by the $20k that we had requested and still sits on the market today -- nearly 5 months later. So we are SO grateful we spent the money with Robert to save us from our own contract, and ensure we ended up with the RIGHT house.... and what will likely be our home until retirement many years from now. Thank you, Robert."
Z. C. Rockville, MD
"Robert was recommended to me through my loan officer. He said he had hired Robert to inspect his own house. Working with Robert was phenomenal. I almost didn't go with him because I got a lower quote from another guy, but after spending nearly an entire day with him during our inspection, I realized he is truly under priced for the work that he does. He is definitely worth every penny. Not only is he super thorough, he also spends time to show you how to upkeep and maintain the house that you are buying, which was so helpful for a first time home buyer like me. All in all, Robert is excellent at what he does and I would highly recommend him to everyone out there looking for a home inspector."
Dinh T. Alexandria, VA
"Used Robert to inspect our new home in Olney, MD a couple weeks ago. He was very thorough, offered maintenance tips/tricks, advice on things having nothing to do with his actual home inspection (but other things in the house), and generally was very professional/knowledgeable about home up keep and repair. Very friendly, easy to get along with. Robert has a lot of drive to get things done, but in a thorough detail oriented way. Explained things as he went along in the inspection process and spent roughly 4 hours in my house. He also brought a ladder and got on the roof and looked around. Most people only look from the ground with binoculars now days, but Robert got up there and was able to find a couple issues that would have been difficult to see from the ground. Provided a comprehensive report of his findings that was easy to read, detailed and provided clear recommendations on what to fix and why. Overall, Robert is detail oriented, client serving, and very knowledgeable. I would recommend working with him to other home buyer."
Peter C. Rockville, MD
"Robert was very professional and thorough. Nothing but straight talk and advice about not just the condition of the house, but what to look for long term and short term. He even had great advice for making our bid more attractive on the purchase. What a great guy."
Ed L. Chevy Chase, MD
"Robert has been great! We were so happy with the work he did, we called him again to inspect a different home for us. As we move from room to room he is full of recommendations and tips for maintaining and improving the home. He also tightened the drain connectors under the sinks to prevent leaks and points them out so we can continue to maintain them and avoid bigger issues later. He takes his time to explain issues, potential issues and answer any questions we have. He details all his findings in the report he sends - the same day! We are 100% confident in the work that he's done for us and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a detail-oriented and thorough inspector who will not only explain issues and how to fix, but will also give recommendations on how to improve the home."
Jasmine S. Centreville, VA
"Rob's work and advice are saving me THOUSANDS of dollars! He not only pointed out things that the seller would have to fix on their dime (vs what would be mine), but he also provided TONS of advice, tips, and stories on how to protect and better my home, and what to look for to save LOTS of money! I highly recommend his services, as the things he has to say and point out will save you money now and in the future. Very experienced and professional!"
Nathan J. Arlington, VA
"Robert was extremely informative, knowledgeable, and friendly! We felt like we were in excellent hands while he inspected out future home. No regrets as he gave us a very detailed report and lots of great tips for the house. We’d recommend the Home Detective hands-down!"
Briana Z. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert is the best home inspector I worked with so far, very friendly and proficient. Not only he was very thor-ough, but he also gave me a lot of tips on house maintenance along the way. In addition to a formal inspection report he provided recommended maintenance procedures and schedules.
I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of home inspection."
Oleg C. Gaithersburg, MD
"I am a first time home buyer, and I'm very grateful that Robert was my inspector. Not only was he patient with all of the questions I asked, he also offered a lot of advice for maintaining the home. I really appreciated that when I wanted to talk about a certain aspect of the home, Robert was willing to discuss it. When I was ready to move to the next item, Robert would quickly shift gears, focusing fully on my needs". Robert was fully committed to doing a thorough job throughout the inspection. Would recommend to anyone."
Ben S. Baltimore, MD
"All I can say is Robert is one of the best in the industry. Robert inspected my home July 2019. He was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He gave me so much information as to what to look out for and things I need to be proactive with as to being a homeowner. I was able to walk through the house with Robert and take notes and pictures as he inspected every nook and cranny. When something caught his eye, Robert was on it. Since the Construction Manager was on site, Robert was able to make sure to point out the areas with concern/problems. I must say the next day I received and email of the pictures showing the corrections that was made. It was a small problem, but if it wasn't caught early, it could have caused a problem 3 to 5 years down the road and a big $$$ out of my pocket. Once again thank you for all you do Robert. Keep being the honest man that you are."
K.C. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert is a wonderful inspector. His attention to detail and meticulous inspection was amazing to watch. As a first time home buyer he made the process easy and very educational. He was so swert to work with and patiently answered all my questions. I was so grateful he could fit me into his busy schedule. He says he inspects the home like he's buying it, and he is not exaggerating. I HIGHLY recommend him!!!!"
Brooksley J. Gaithersburg, MD
"I was fortunate to get an appointment with Robert the day after we spoke. I was looking for someone who is very good and has a sentrilock key card. He's the answer to my prayers. He sent me samples of home inspection report and pictures few minutes after we spoke. They were pretty impressive. My husband came on time at the house. He was already at the house and have started doing some work. He probably came 10-15 mins ahead of us. His experience speaks for the quality of his work. He is very thorough. He explained to us every single detail. He also gave us tips/recommendations and things that we should keep in mind. He puts red dots on the things that he noticed so it would be easy to spot and remember. He also put those cards and instructions for the valves. That's a huge help. It took him 3 hours to complete the inspection. He sent the reports in the evening the same day of the inspection. It was very detailed and has all the things he noticed/took note of. My husband and I were very happy with his work and how the inspection turned out."
Joy S. Gaithersburg, MD
"Robert is amazing! We needed the home inspection completed within two days as I was returning to work after maternity leave and wouldn't be able to take time off. I have no idea how, but he made it happen. He was pleasant, thorough, and full of great information for me as a first time home buyer. Robert is clearly knowledgeable and enjoys his job. If we move, we're definitely going to ask Robert to inspect our next house."
Molly R. Burtonsville, MD
"It's tough to imagine a more thorough home inspection than Robert's. He spent close to 4 hours for our mid-sized home inspection, and worked hard to access a difficult crawlspace door under our sunroom. He took his time to go over every detail in the home, crawlspaces, and attics, and roof. His pricing was incredibly competitive given the level of service and attention to detail. I have complete confidence he left no stone un-turned, and we won't have surprises, unlike our previous home purchase!"
"Throughout the inspection, he took his time to explain best practices and recommendations to keep major appliances functional. I consider myself fairly handy, but he mentioned a handful of things that I hadn't heard of previously. He used a bunch of various gadgets during the inspection, my favorites were the IR camera to look for cold spots, the Geiger counter test of our granite countertops, and a 2.4GHz RF detector to see if the microwave had a faulty seal! The home report is thorough, with devices marked and detailed photos so that there is no ambiguity on what needs attention. If we purchase again in this area, Robert will absolutely be getting another call."
Landon G. Burtonsville, MD
"Robert was recommended by my agent and was stellar to work with. He was prepared and explanatory leading up to the inspection, took his time (3+ hours) going through the 1200 sq ft house, and took great notes and very helpful pictures. Afterwards, he helped make nice with the new neighbors (thanks for your patience Robert!) and has been readily available by phone and email with follow-up questions. Also he has a great set of trustworthy contractors he can send you to!"
Matt S. Washington, DC
"Our realtor recommended Robert for the inspection for our first home, and he was excellent. His attention to detail is extremely valuable throughout the inspection process, and his report was thorough and well-documented. During the inspection Robert helped to prioritize the issues that arose and identify potential problems down the road. He gave very useful advice for keeping our home in tiptop shape, and preventing major problems. He also made recommendations specific to our home, not just general tips, for keeping our utility costs in line. Robert's services competitively, and frankly, underpriced for the level of attention he gives and time he spends with your home. I can't recommend Robert highly enough, and wouldn't hesitate to hire him again in the future."
Jenn T. Washington, DC
"Robert was recommended to us by our real estate agent and I'm so happy that we decided to have him inspect our new home. From the first phone conversation through the inspection (and after) he was extremely professional, thorough and attentive. During the inspection Robert went above and beyond (and then beyond) His attention to detail is fantastic and he provides an immense amount of information, recommendations and suggestions. As first time homeowners it can all be a bit overwhelming, but Robert's knowledge and follow up is almost like having a personalized ownership manual to refer to. I highly recommend Robert's services. He's very thorough, professional and trustworthy. A craftsman that takes pride in his work. The only reason to not use him is if you didn't care about your home and family."
Michael C. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert was recommended to us through another inspection company, and I couldn't be happier. I agree with the previous reviewers. Robert was incredibly thorough and meticulous in his inspection. I would recommend Robert to anybody doing a home inspection and will be using him in the future."
Jessica R. Alexandria, VA
"Robert is a GEM! He is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough. He took the time to walk through the process with us and explain everything he found. You can tell he has a passion for what he does and wants to make sure he is as helpful as possible. He even gave us some tips on how to protect our home in the future. Robert put us at ease as we make one of our biggest decisions. If you need a home inspection, Robert is your man."
Laura G. Norfolk, VA
"Robert is thorough and entertaining! Very knowledgeable. He gave helpful home/maintenance suggestions that I wish I had learned in my twenties."
Allison H. Kensington, MD
"This is my third time using Robert's services. Home inspectors don't get better than him. He is thourogh and extremely knowledgeable at his craft. Robert is personable and will educate you on every aspect of the home inspection process. I learned so much in the hours I spent with him. He will give you lots of tips so take good notes. He will make himself available if you need any future advice on maintaining your home. His prices are very reasonable. Robert takes what he does very serious and values the customer and looks out for their best interests. He's licensed in so many things I can't even count. Also, he is certified to train home inspectors. If you are looking for someone reliable and honest please give the home detective a call...Thank you Robert !!!!!"
Teri P Washington, DC
"Where do I start? Robert did an amazing job on inspecting our home! My husband and I were so impressed with the level of knowledge and his over all professionalism. He really did go above and beyond. He inspected our home-to-be as though he was inspecting his own home looking over every nook and cranny. This is the second home we buy, first ever in Maryland, and I really wish our first home inspector was half as thorough as Robert was. I really cannot stress enough what a great job he did! We are also new to the area so he was kind enough to send me an email with links on stuff to do. Honestly, if we ever need a home inspection service again or if any of our friends decide to buy a house and need a home inspection, we will definitely be recommending Robert!"
Liliana W. New York, NY
"Robert was recommended by our realtor and was able to fit us in on very short notice (a day or two after our offer was accepted). We met him at the house and followed him around as he performed the inspection over the course of approximately 3 hours. As we worked our way through the house he examined and tested every conceivable thing, making suggestions and answering questions throughout the entire inspection. Examples include pointing out outlets with reversed polarity, suggesting GFCI outlets in the kitchens and bathrooms, providing proper tips for how to maintain kitchen appliances, and even the proper way to situate yourself on the roof of the house if you need to clean gutters. He was methodical, thorough, and transparent in everything he did, and took the time to remove coverings to inspect hard to reach areas (such as taking the cover off of the electrical panel to inspect the wiring). In addition to this, he is also very friendly and personable and hung around to talk with us for a bit after the inspection was completed. He seemed genuinely happy for us and our new home, and it's very clear that he takes great pride in his work. I actually had a great time during the inspection and learned a lot, filling up about 5 pages of a small notebook with tips and small things to fix. We were very fortunate in that our home did not have any major issues, and normally I would have been concerned and skeptical if an inspection were to come back with no real issues, however talking with Robert throughout the inspection and him walking us through everything he was seeing really gave me confidence in his assessment and in my purchase. I would highly recommend using the Home Detective!"
Nicholas B. Arlington, VA
"Wow, Robert is *extremely* thorough. We hired him for a home inspection and could not be more pleased. He spent 3 hours there with his associate a few days before the inspection, and then another 4 hours with us during the inspection. He gave us very detailed information on what was in need of repair, and also advice on how to keep the house in good shape after move-in (preventative maintenance). As first time home buyers, we really appreciated that! And when it turned out the seller was leaving the country the next day, he rushed and got the report to us quickly so we could request the repairs ASAP. Robert's passion for his work is obvious- his attention to detail, thoroughness, patience, and friendliness make working with him a great experience. Highly recommend!"
Katya R. Washington, DC
"Best Inspector Ever! Robert spent close to 4 hours in my mom's house revealing the good, the bad and the ugly (the too many of these luckily). He gave expert advice along the way how to enhance the value and best protect the home with lots of great tips that I will be applying to my own home! I highly recommend Robert Goldberg of The Home Detective! He knows his business well and is the Home Inspector of Home Inspectors! I believe I got ever penny of value out of the inspection with plenty of recommendations on how best to resolve every issue that he uncovered! Whether I was buying a home or selling a home, I would want Robert to inspect my home -
he is the best!"
Bruce P. Frederick, MD
"Robert's attention to details were amazing. He inspected throughout the townhouse thoroughly, no compromise, no break, kept going. He also gave us a lot of great tips about how to save cost of utilities, how to maintain appliances, etc... it was like attending workshop! it took much longer than he originally proposed but no extra charge. We liked his personality and professionalism a lot. Highly recommended."
Rick S. Bethesda, MD
"Robert was recommended to me by my realtor and I'm so glad I went with her recommendation. Robert was awesome!!! Very thorough with the inspection, explained everything he was doing and offered suggestions how to maintain the home. All suggestions and advise were welcomed by me as I am a first time home buyer and this process can be very overwhelming. Robert made this process easier and I actually had fun during the home inspection. Once I received the inspection report, it was very detailed and I shared it with a couple of my close friends and just by looking at the detailed report they also agreed that Robert was awesome and asked for his information because they also would like to use him. Thank you Robert for ALL your help and for sharing you expert knowledge with me and for making this process easier and informative. I truly was impressed!!!"
Ana M. Takoma Park, MD
"There are people that work solely for money, and then there are people that work because they love what they do. And you can surely tell the difference. Rob falls in the latter category. On a Sunday morning at 8am during a holiday weekend, I was searching for an inspector to do a last minute, pre-offer inspection. I read reviews and called Rob - and I was not disappointed. First of all, he answered my call that early in the morning! Second, he walked through the inspection with me via phone, told me what he'd be looking for, and was able to book me during a last minute cancellation that same morning at 10am. During our call, I shared my concerns about the house, and I told Rob that the roof was one of my concerns. Well, when my husband and I arrived at the inspection, Rob had a drone that he was ready to fly over the roof to check it and make sure that it was in good condition! A DRONE! He then meticulously went through the rest of the house, giving us tips and suggestions on how to save money and keep our family as safe as possible. The whole inspection took about 5 hours and when I saw he was thorough, I mean he was REALLY thorough. He inspected that house as if his own family were going to move in there. After we got Rob's stamp of approval, we put an offer on the house with no inspection contingency and our offer was accepted!!! If it weren't for Rob, his availability, his friendliness, and his level of knowledge, we wouldn't have felt as comfortable making an offer with no inspection contingency clause.THANK YOU ROB!"
Marti T. Washington, DC
"If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated, passionate and meticulous home inspector, Robert Goldberg is the inspector for you. My experience having Robert inspect my home was truly delightful. He was super knowledgeable and gave us a ton of tips to help us save money and get the best use out of our home. I have never had a home inspection before, but I am certain that most home inspectors do not deliver the same caliber of service that Robert did. We are so thankful our realtor recommended him."
Jarvia T. Washington, DC
"Robert came out to inspect a 1930 duplex in NW Washington, D.C. for us last weekend. He was FANTASTIC! He spent nearly 4 hours walking us through every nook and cranny of this old home, exposing the good, bad, and ugly. He took detailed photos and provided them to us with a 14+ page report of his findings. He was extremely personable and professional and has run his business for years based on referrals alone. We would have rated him 10 stars, but 5 is as good as it gets on Yelp! Thanks Robert!!"
Nicholas And Meg N. Washington, DC
"Robert Goldberg delivered truly excellent service and was very reasonably priced. As first-time home buyers, we were really anxious about making sure that our home inspection caught everything possible. He completely exceeded our expectations. He spent over 6 hours going through every single room, the attic, up on the roof - absolutely everywhere. Throughout the entire inspection, he made sure to describe what he was looking for and why. He also offered lots of helpful hints about easy repairs/maintenance we could do ourselves. The final report included all of the details and pictures we discussed throughout the inspection. If we ever buy another home in the area, this is definitely the guy we'll be going back to."
K A. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert inspected our home before we purchased it in Silver Spring. He was very thorough, inspecting inside and out and catching things I wouldn't have imagined. He also provided us with all kinds of good tips for saving energy, water proofing, etc. for being first time house owners. Of course, it will be difficult to remember all that was downloaded to us. Robert said we can call him with questions any time".
Kristen And C. Silver Spring, MD
"We are in the process of buying our first home, and the contract we have is for an older home, definitely a "fixer-upper"-- so a thorough home inspection was crucial to peace of mind moving forward. With a 70+ year old home, there is no telling what all can be wrong. Robert was incredible. Excellent communicator -- was running a few minutes late because of a huge traffic pileup en-route, and called early to let us know. Robert showed up ready to work and was incredibly diligent in testing every part of every room and every system. He also demonstrated infinite patience with my questions, patiently explaining what he was doing, why he was doing it, and offering home improvement tips and candid assessments of the home at every step of the way. I learned an incredible amount from spending a morning with Robert. I feel like he gave our home inspection the same attention to detail he would have given if he was buying the house. I couldn't be more enthusiastic in my endorsement, and will heartily recommend Robert to friends and neighbors."
Tim H Alexandria, VA Gillian B. Rockville, MD
"Working with Robert was great! He was very friendly, extremely thorough, and took his time to educate us on how to maintain our new home and spot problems. He put in a lot of work inspecting the house we are buying before we arrived, while we were there, and in preparing a detailed report that we could understand. He clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge and was able to convey that to us and provide context for everything we were inspecting. He also said he'd be available for questions even after we moved in. Our realtor set us up with him, and we are thankful he did. Definitely recommend him."
Tim H. Alexandria, VA
"I would refer Home Detective Services to anyone buying a new home and would want a thorough inspection. I was surprised that Robert went through every room, window, door... and gave great advice to save money and remedy all issues. He took the time on every room appliance and explained great tips and tricks which I will be-lieve help save money in the long run. He has amazing energy and always looks at everything in good light also very knowledgeable it seems on everything from old furnaces to new dishwashers to etc. He answered every question we had and usually gave multiple avenues to take to find the best solution for you. I received a lengthy detailed inspection and report with pictures that day and I was happy to have a short simple overview outline that I could read easily. I now know exactly what I am getting into when purchasing my home which is a lot better than finding out and being sorry later."
James T. Lexington Park, MD
"Several contractors recommended that I contact Robert to do my home inspection. He was very friendly and thorough. He took almost three hours to check out all the nooks and crannies of the home and had a lot of helpful hints for a first time home buyer. My favorite thing about working with Robert is that he put things in perspective. He did not blow problems out of proportion and he did not brush potential concerns under the rug. I highly recommend working with him."
Alex G. Derwood, MD
"Awesome! Mr. Robert is as best in his business as anyone can get. Goes through every detail more and beyond any average inspector. He will give a listening ear no matter the time and will take enough time to inspect all possible areas and will make sure you are buying a home that's worth your investment.
I was extremely happy to have Mr. Robert inspect our prospective home."
John D. Hyattsville, MD
"Robert completed my inspection and I was more than happy with his service. I decided to have an inspection after thinking I wouldn't need one since I'm purchasing a new home. Boy am I glad I decided to get that inspection! It was money well spent. Robert was excellent! He provided a very thorough inspection of the major systems of the home but even went above and beyond and provided an inspection of the cosmetic areas as well. If that weren't enough he provided valuable energy saving tips and useful home care advice. I didn't feel rushed as he spent considerable time at my home and I was confident that he was truly looking out for me.I would definitely recommend Robert to anyone in need of home inspection services."
Paula A. Annapolis, MD
"If you need an excellent home inspector, look no further than Robert Goldberg at The Home Detective. He is very thorough and provided me with a ton of good tips. The inspection was done on a small 1 bedroom condo; however, he spent almost 2 hours inspecting almost every inch of the place. He detected things that we would have overlooked. If you are purchasing a home, it is worth the money to get a home inspection and to call Robert Goldberg. Trust me, he will find whatever is wrong."
Jenny L. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert is an absolute professional and an all around great human being! My wife and I were impressed with how thoroughly Robert inspected every aspect of the house. He spent 3 1/2 hours on the inspection! Furthermore, he gave us a lot of great advice about how to care for our new home in order to maximize the life expectancy and efficiency of our major appliances. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone."
Chris Y. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert provided a very thorough home inspection. He informed us of issues that needed to be brought to our attention, and he also gave many tips on preventative maintenance once we get into the home. After a 4 hour inspection he sent a one page overview, a full report, and photos showing issues he found within the home. It was the best experience, and it put my mind at ease regarding my new home!"
Mandie G. Alexandria, VA
"Robert is amazing! He did an incredibly thorough home inspection for me, and went completely above and beyond - inspecting ABOVE code requirements! He tested every single outlet, window, and window lock in the home, as opposed to the only sampling as Maryland requires, taking pictures of any defects he found that he then used in an incredibly comprehensive report he turned around for me same day on the findings from the inspection. I'm a first time home buyer and Robert was incredibly kind and gracious, spending hours at the inspection in every crook and cranny in a 2 story home, yard, and second structure on property, showing me how all the inner workings of my new home operate and helping give context on what issues are significant and which are minor. He taught me how to change my furnace filter, and walked me through how to paint the living room - even sending me youtube tutorials I'd asked for after! I learned a ton from the home inspection from Robert, and will be recommending him to everyone I know who buys! My realators recommended him to me because of the excellence of his work and depth of his knowledge, and I was extremely impressed. The Home Detective rules!"
Rachel G. Silver Spring, MD
"Excellent, can't go wrong with Robert he was very thorough and I learned a lot."
David B. Gaithersburg,MD
"If only there was something higher than 5 stars!
Robert is AMAZING. His thoroughness is remarkable. He is extremely personable and shares his knowledge. A 2 story house took 5 hours - that's how thorough he is. He does not miss anything. As he told us, if you're looking for a quick or cheap inspection he's not the guy. He is worth every cent, and I will note his pricing is competitive with others I looked at. We will certainly be hiring him as we need future inspections. He wasn't just doing the inspection either, he was giving us information on what we can do for our current home before we sell or rent; and even advice on baby proofing (we have a little one on the way). He told us several times to call him as we make little changes around the house so we buy the best items - like an under sink water filtration system. He cares about his clients and that shows. You can tell he's doing this because he truly enjoys what he does, not just for the money. We will not hesitate reaching out to him as we have questions doing stuff around the house.
Robert should be your first and only choice for home inspections."
Kandis S. Crofton, MD
"Robert did an incredibly thorough job of inspecting the home we are in the process of buying. He took the time to inspect every aspect of the home, and talked us through the various points he noted about the home's quality. He sent an incredibly detailed inspection report along with an overview and photos on which he had noted all his comments (making it much easier to remember what issue went with which photo). I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a thorough inspector with an eye for detail."
Christina S. Rockville, MD
"Ditto to what everyone has said so far. We found Robert on Angie's List, which had similar reviews to what you see here on Yelp. He was patient and friendly, and explained the importance of each step of the inspection to us. As first-time home buyers, we appreciated not only his insights and honest evaluation, but also the various cost-saving tips he gave us throughout the process. He was also incredibly thorough (2.5 hours for a 1010 sq ft town-house) and pointed out not only what needed repairs but also the strong points of the house. Book this guy right way!"
Maddie O. Chevy Chase, MD
"Our realtor recommended a few home inspectors but we went with Robert and we are so happy that we did. He is very good at what he does very meticulous and thorough. Robert took his time explaining everything to us as well as giving us advice on how to maintain our home. We would definitely recommend him to friends and family and we would use his services if and when we buy again."
Keisha A. Capital Heights, MD
"Robert was absolutely wonderful to work with! He is very knowledgeable and thoroughly inspects the home to ensure that he finds the problem areas. He is also more than willing to provided helpful tips and tricks in keeping your home in working order. Robert not only helped to ensure we were getting a good home, but he also went above and beyond his job by making sure we were well equipped as we entered into the world of being home owners".
B. L. Germantown, MD
"Robert was incredibly thorough and patient, spending about 4 hours with us on a detailed inspection of our (soon to be) home. He documented every issue with the house with annotated photos and included a 14-page report. He also walked us through basic maintenance and even gave us energy savings tips. Robert's follow-up has also been excellent -- he has made himself available to answer further questions and refer to trusted contractors. I will absolutely call again should I need another property inspection and gladly recommend him to everybody who wants to have an in-depth understanding of the property they intend to buy."
A.J.H. Washington, DC
"The inspection was very thorough. Also, provided helpful maintenance advice. Would definitely use the Home Detective again and recommend to my friends without hesitation."
Krystal B. Washington, DC
"We were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this home inspection was. Clearly, quality is very important to this company. This was a very educational experience on how to maintain your home, and save money at the same time. We had Robert and not only did he prove to us that he was an expert in the field, but he also showed us that he truly cared. He conducted a very thorough inspection, taking the time to carefully explain as he went along. He even gave us great tips on what to do to minimize our utility expenses. Overall, the service was superb, and the rate was affordable."
Marinka S. Washington, DC
"Wow! We purchased a short sale home in "as-is" condition which needless to say brought on enough anxiety in itself with just those two words alone. Robert Goldberg did an an awesome job inspecting the home. He inspect-ed every foot of the home! He explained things along the way and even gave us some very helpful tips!! We have purchased a home before and NEVER have we had such a detailed home inspection. T he other inspectors that we have used in the past didn't even come close to the level of detail that Robert delivered. I would absolutely recommend this company hands down, especially if you really want to know what is going on with your home. It was a long inspection and well worth it! I feel good about the home we're purchasing all thanks to Robert!"
G. Glen Burnie, MD
"Robert was great and I cannot be any happier with the home inspection. We are first time home-buyers and Robert's home inspection was a great experience. He not only performed a thorough inspection, but as we moved through the house he gave me a notebook full of helpful tips for maintaining the house and keeping it "well-tuned." Robert not only promptly provided a thorough home inspection report, but he also provided a wealth of information such as seasonal maintenance checklists to help remind me of ways to maintain the house and property. I feel much more comfortable closing and taking ownership of my new home thanks to Robert's inspection and the information he provided. I recommend Robert to anyone, but especially to first time home-buyers!"
Bryan R. Centerville, VA
"Robert took 5 hours to inspect the 2000 SF home I may purchase in DC, climbing through the attic, all roofs, checking all plugs, checking for leaks, damage, paint, HVAC issues, plumbing issues, and electrical issues. He took the time to explain everything as he went and inspected the entire home very thoroughly as if he were buying it himself."
J.T. Washington, DC
Highly recommend The Home Detective. At the end he delivered an extensive report with images and thorough".
R H. Washington, DC
"Robert is very thorough, detailed, and friendly. He took the time to carefully explain everything he was looking for, and why it was important. I learned a great deal about home maintenance just from watching him and listening to his explanations. I highly recommend him!"
William A. Washington, DC
"We had a wonderful experience with Robert after being referred to him by our realtor. He was able to fit us in on short notice and made himself available the next day to do both our home inspection and radon inspection."
"First, Robert loves what he does. His passion for what he does was evident throughout our entire inspection. We are buying an older home, so we wanted a very thorough inspection to uncover any issues upfront. Robert did our inspection as if he were buying the home personally. We took notes as we went along because he dispenses a wealth of knowledge as he does the inspection that taught us so much about how to operate and maintain our new home. In the end, Robert spent more than 6 hours combing through every nook of this house!!"
"We would recommend Robert to anyone buying a home as he will tell you honestly what he sees, and what he likes and doesn't like. Plus, he's personable and has a good sense of humor, so it's easy to hangout with him for a few hours. It's refreshing to see the type of work ethic that Robert has. He spent the time needed for our home rather than rushing us or the inspection. His prices are very reasonable for the value and education that we ultimately got from working with Robert. "
Alison C. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert was simply amazing. He arrived well before the inspection time to get started prior to me and my realtors arrival. When I got there the first thing that he presented to me were some products that would assist in the maintenance and longevity of the home. Considering that I am a first time homebuyer I was looking for someone that would be informative and thorough and he was just that. Robert had his partner working with him as well so I was fortunate to receive two inspectors for the price of one. I seen every part of the home and then some and learned far more than I could have imagined. Not only will I be using him again but I will be recommending him to all of my family and friends as well. Additionally, Robert provided reading material at the end of the inspection with homeownership tips on how to protect your home. I do not know a lot about home inspectors but I would bet my last dollar that other inspectors are not doing that. He goes above and beyond and you will not be disappointed. Can we give The Home Detective more than five stars!?"
Mike L. Washington, DC
"We needed a good inspector fast! Our realtor recommended Robert... thank goodness she did! Robert was very helpful and very easy to understand. We have been through a few home inspections. What sets Robert apart is that he gives you the right amount of information in an easy to understand fashion.
I would highly recommend Robert to any of my friends!"
Robin M. Bethesda, MD
"Robert did a fantastic job doing our home inspection and follow up inspection!! We are first time owners and Robert conducted an in-depth assessment and spent 4hrs going through the entire house. He checked every door, window, walked the roof, and even climbed into the attic. He also provided tips and suggestions on how to improve our home. This man is a wealth of knowledge!! I would give him 10 stars if I could!! Highly recommend!!"
Brie L. Silver Spring, MD
"Robert was wonderful. I'm very happy with his work. He testing everything in every room and didn't rush. He spent over three hours working, talking each thing out and providing resolution suggestions. I found it very kind that he talked out so many things with me and didn't mind taking the time to answer each of my many questions. And did I mention that it was 90 degrees and there was no air in the house? We were all sweating buckets and Robert didn't complain once. I was very pleased and I would highly suggest Robert"
Kathryn T. Washington, DC
"Robert and his team were extremely thorough and professional when inspecting our new home. Not only did they go beyond what was required, but he took the time to point out how we can maintain our home to prevent future costly repairs. Also being new to the area, he shared some recommendations on fun, local things to do with the family. Thank you Robert and Team!
Taylor N. Oxford, CT
"I can't say enough good things about Robert (the Home Detective); he's the best! I'm a first time home owner and I wanted the most thorough, detailed inspector I could find. I got him! Robert is incredibly thorough, generous with his time and knowledge, and kind. I really value that he aims to be both an inspector and an educator. While going through the inspection he taught me all kinds of things I need to know about my house and various ways to maintain and improve it. But, his generosity didn't end there: he sent along a very detailed report for me to use in the buying process, several documents helping to map out what home maintenance will involve, and informally recommended electricians, plumbers, and window stores that he knows and trusts. I even called him a few days later to talk through a few questions that had come up while negotiating with the seller and he gave me another 45 minutes of his time and expertise. I would absolutely recommend him to friends and family and will certainly hope to use him again, should I ever need another home inspector."
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