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new baltimore michigan home inspector.JPG Hello, I am Matt Fletcher, Detroit area home inspector. We also inspect commercial and industrial buildings as well as do environmental testing such as radon, mold and lead. My father was a contractor and I grew up working on old houses. I put myself through college rehabbing homes. I graduated with honors from Macomb Community College with an AA Degree. Then received a BA degree from The University of Detroit, and a Masters degree from Wayne State University.

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My Rates for single-family homes are as follows:
  • Up to 1,500 Sq Ft = $ 300.00
  • 1,501 Sq Ft - 2,000 = $ 330.00
  • 2,001 Sq Ft - 3,000 = $ 350.00
  • 3,001 Sq Ft - 4,000 = $ 400.00
  • 4,001 Sq Ft - 5,000 = $ 450.00
  • 5,001 Sq Ft - 6,000 = $ 475.00
  • Over 6,000 Sq Ft - please call for rates. Multi-unit building are slightly more.
  • We also inspect apartment buildings and commercial buildings.
  • Call 313-510-0284 to make an appointment
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    I am a state certified construction teacher, and own Matt Fletcher Home Inspections LLC. I am also a licensed builder, Certified Mold Inspector & Remediator, certified in radon measurement, certified in Lead Inspection, and certified in Attic ventilation.

    I am both a NAHI and ASHI certified residential inspector and a FHA/HUD approved inspector (FHA ID H392).

    I am also an experienced home rehabber and restoration expert. Having been a real estate investor for over 25 years and have been fortunate to be featured in a few books on the subject. This book by real estate attorney, Robert J. Hill (, features stories about myself and my partners on pages 30, 77 and 79.

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    Detroit commercial building inspectors.JPG We also perform inspections on commercial buildings all over metro Detroit. We perform facade inspections to ASTM standard, E2270-05) as well as full inspections from foundation to roof-top. We can do a full inspection to ASTM standard, E2018-08, or a cursory, less involved inspection. However, we always recommend a full inspection to ASTM standards where we bring in a team of experts to evaluate the building. An inspection like this may include: Matt Fletcher as inspector and team leader along with a structural engineer, commercial electrician, commercial plumber/boiler expert, commercial heating and cooling professional. Also, if the building has maintenance staff, they should be on the site the day of the inspection to answer any questions and unlock secured areas.

    We know what to expect. In the photo to the left I am on the roof if a commercial building in Detroit. As you can see the roof-top heating and cooling system is inside of a cage to prevent scrappers from stealing the copper. Therefore, our heating and coolling expert is unable to fully test the system unless we get access. Access is almost always an issue in commercial building inspections. There are always one or two locked doors that no one has the keys for. Having experience in commercial inspection helps us to avoid any serious issues like accessing locked rooms. We bring bolt cutters, and with the permission of the building owner, we will cut the locks on any doors or gates necessary to perform the inspection. However, a locksmith must sometimes be called out to the site. Every commercial inspection is documented in a written report with color photos. Reports are generally 30-40 pages long with a full list of marginal and defect items. An electronic photo album is also included in the documentation in which there will generally be 100-300 photos depending on the size of the building.

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    I have extensive experience inspecting and restoring older homes. This historic home in the Indian Village section of Detroit exhibits typical issues which I see during inspections. Contrary to popular belief, slate roofs do not last forever. They actually last around 100 years and that's how old the houses are in Indian Village, Palmer Woods and other areas of Detroit.

    When looking for an Indian Village or Palmer Woods home inspector, buyers should look for an inspector who is familiar with these homes. Many times these homes have steam or hot water boilers which may contain asbestos on the boiler or pipes. Other issues in historic Detroit Homes include: lead paint, flooring containing asbestos and asbestos vermiculite insulation in the attic and walls.

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    michigan mold inspector.JPG When we inspect a building we do a visual assessment for mold. However, mold testing is not part of a standard inspection. We have done environmental testing in homes and commercial buildings all over the Detroit area. Mold is a natural part of the environment and EVERY building we have tested, has contained mold. Typical molds in normal amounts are generally not harmful to healthy people and are not a concern. We restrict our mold business to testing only. We do not do any sort of mold remediation, removal or clean-up. Since we only do testing, there is no conflict of interest and we have no reason to try and scare customers into expensive clean-ups which they may not even need. Outdoor Detroit area mold testing reveals that mold levels are typical to the mid-west. The mold inside your building should equal to or less than the outdoor levels.

    In the photo at left I am taking a sample of the air for mold in a hundred year old building in the Detroit area. Ideally, the mold spore count will be in the hundreds, not in the thousands. When you can see large amounts of mold on surfaces as seen in the photo, the mold spore count will generally be in the tens or hundreds of thousands. We also test buildings for radon gas. The Detroit area does have pockets of radon gas and radon is the number two cause of lung cancer in the United States.

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    detroit home inspector.JPG I have been a guest on ABC's "Detroit Radio 97.1 FM Talk" discussing the home and commercial building inspection process, construction and the real estate market in the Detroit area. Although we do environmental testing such as mold, radon and lead, we are not in the environmental clean-up business and do not try to scare customers into expensive clean-ups. All test results are presented with comparison data and EPA guidelines so you can make informed decisions.

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    I was also featured in Deals That Make Sense by Harvard MBA, John T. Reed ( There is a story about a rehab project I did on page 32 called "$80,000 Rehab Profit." I was also featured in John T. Reed's news letter, "Real Estate Investors Monthly" October 1999 issue.

    I have noticed that most people rehabbing homes underestimate the cost of repairs by HALF. In other words, if buyers think they can rehab a home for $20, will probably cost more like $40,000. I use my renovation experience and software to give buyers rough estimates on "cost to cure" the properties they are considering.

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    detroit home inspections.JPG I am a certified Construction Trades teacher and volunteer my time to high school building trades programs. I was a judge at the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2011 MITES competition.

    Please view the photos of homes I've personally restored in and around Detroit. When I am not inspecting or renovating I use my teaching degree to instruct building and construction courses.

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    Old Detroit commercial and residential buildings are my inspection specialty. I know the structural, mechanical and environmental problems they develop and how to correct them. Click on the web pages listed below to see why you should consider hiring me to inspect your next home, or investment property. Although I have helpers, all inspections and reports are done by myself, not a trainee. Give me a call 313-510-0284!

    I do inspections all over the metro area including: Brighton, Bloomfield Hills, Chesterfield Township, Dearborn, Detroit, East Pointe, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Fraser, Harrison Township, Hazel Park, Grosse Pointe, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Novi, New Baltimore, Oak Park, Port Huron, Roseville, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Troy, Warren.

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