Steve Gerke-Southern Maine Inspections
Eight years experience as South Portland’s Building
and Plumbing Inspector, and Maine Savings Bank
Construction Inspector. Prior to becoming an inspector
I was an industrial arts teacher and gained extensive
experience as a carpenter contractor.
Inspections have been made on all types of structures
including home, commercial buildings, hospitals,
condominiums and apartment buildings. Inspections
of these types of buildings have been made during all
phases of construction - from excavation through
I have made inspections of existing new structures for
code compliance and general building condition plus
providing home inspections since 1989.
Attended the University of Wisconsin and the University
of Southern Maine and earned a B.S. Degree in
Industrial Education and Technology Certified to teach
all phases of Industrial Arts.
• Maine State Certified Building Inspector
• Maine State Licensed Plumbing Inspector
• Maine State Certified Industrial Arts teacher majoring
in Building construction and architecture
• State certified Radon Tester and Pest Inspector
Home Inspection Report
Just a straight-forward, objective, nonexaggerated
explanation of defects are given. The written report is
emailed and sent by postal service within one day of
1. Foundation Cracks
3. Floor System
6. Wood Rot
1. Waste/Supply Pipes
2. Bath Rooms
3. Water Heater
Serving Central, Southern and
Western Maine since 1989.
“Committed to provide you the
best inspection possible.”
SEVEN SYSTEMS EVALUATED
WRITTEN REPORT - Home Inspection
Houses = $240.00
Mobile Homes & Condominiums = $165.00
Multifamily = $265.00
- Up to 2 Units
- Each Additional = $35.00
- First Time Home Buyers = $220.00
1. Panel Box Opened
2. Amp Rating/Wiring
3. Fire Hazards
3. Heat Pumps
4. Above Ground
Oil Storage Tank
3. Attic Ventilation
Steven M. Gerke
Full Service Inspection
& Consultation Service
(207) 892-4257 • (888) 382-6989
By attending the Home Inspection, the
purchaser gains valuable first hand
knowledge about the home.
What Systems and Components are Inspected?
The home is examined for hundreds of potential problems.
The Home Inspection and Report are organized into seven
I. Foundation & Structure
IV. Plumbing, Baths, Laundry & Kitchen
V. Electrical Systems, Appliances
VI. Heating & Air Conditioning
Within each category, the major systems and components
of the home are identified, the existing conditions determined,
and the needed repairs or maintenance noted. An
estimate of the cost of repairs is provided for planning and
What is required for a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection typically requires two to three hours
time, and an interest and desire to learn more about the
biggest and most important investment of a lifetime. The
home Inspection is a necessity for anyone unfamiliar with
the complexities of today’s home. The cost of the potential
major problems that can exist in a home today.
Are there any Limitations to a Home Inspection?
The Home Inspection is a visual inspection, focusing on
major problems and unsafe conditions. It is not a listing of
all the minor problems that may exist in a home. It is not
an insurance policy, nor is it a warranty that problems do
not or will not exist. Only those areas physically accessible
can be inspected. Very often there is no access into
crawl spaces or attics. A roof may be to high or dangerous
to climb. Surfaces may be covered with snow, debris, or
personal belongings that limit visibility. Destructive testing
can not be performed during a Home Inspection. As a
result of those limitations, there could be hidden defects
or other problems that may not be discovered during the
course of an inspection. The Home Inspection and Report will
inform you about these limitations.
Who should perform your Home Inspection?
The Home Inspection should be performed by an experienced
Professional Home Inspector. A Professional Home Inspector
is trained to recognize and analyze all types of home
problems, both major and minor, in all types of homes, old
and new. A professional Inspector will be able to provide an
unbiased, objective evaluation of a home, and present that
information in a format which allows the purchaser to act with
knowledge and confidence.
Why is a Home Inspection important?
Every home has some problems. Some homes have major
problems. Often, problems exist unknown even to the present
owner of the home. A Home Inspection reduces your risk of
home ownership by discovering any of the obvious problems
or defects before you purchase the home. The knowledge
gained through the Home Inspection allows the purchaser to
make a more informed decision, and, very possibly, to avoid
costly and unwanted problems in the future.
What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is an examination of the major components
and systems of a home. The inspection includes a Report
which provides the purchaser with an analysis of the condition
of these systems and the need, if any, for major immediate
repairs or maintenance.
What else is a Home Inspection?
Beyond a search for major problems, the Home Inspection is
also an evaluation of minor problems and maintenance
requirements; a comparative analysis of the home; and a
learning experience about the home, its systems, and components.
Minor problems and maintenance requirements are a
common element of every home. The home Inspection
outlines general nature of these elements. The home inspection
also provides a comparative physical analysis of the home
being purchased to that of other similar homes in the area. And
last, but not least, the Home Inspection is a learning experience.
OVER 300 INSPECTIONS
COMPLETED EACH YEAR
ADDITIONAL INSPECTIONS AND COSTS
PAYMENT DUE AT TIME OF INSPECTION
(WHEN DONE WITH HOME INSPECTION)
Out Buildings, Barns, etc.
- Per Building $75.00
- Air - Two Test Sites - 3 Vials $90.00
- Water $60.00
Lead Paint Testing
- Call for a Quote
- Standard Test $80.00
- Standard Inspection $150.00
- Call for a Quote
Insect Inspection - FHA Certified
- w/out Home Inspection $90.00
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- EPA Approved Ultrasonic Test &
Inspection (Included w/ every inspection)
- Includes these valuable benefits*
- Proactive $1,000 Tank Replacement Warranty
- Discounts on your Homeowner’s Insurance
- Scientific Analysis and Monitoring
*Warranty available through a TankSure® Program Participating Oil
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