Professional Fee Schedule: Environmental Inspections/Testing, Paint Failure Investigations/Testing, ASHI Home Inspections, Other Building Failure Diagnosis & Repair Advice
     


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This page outlines typical fees for our professional building problem investigation, environmental and mold inspection/testing, paint failure investigations/testing, legal consulting, expert witness testimony, and forensic investigation services. We provide specialized on-site building diagnostic services in North America and consult world-wide. We also provide services to art conservators and museums, and we may provide pro-bono services in appropriate circumstances.

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   Building & Environmental Inspection & Testing Fees & Services

ONSITE INSPECTION / INVESTIGATION AVAILABILITY NOTICE: Except for special cases including our pro-bono services we no longer provide onsite building investigations.

For on-site building & home inspections the extensive list of building inspectors and specialists at
Directory of Professionals to Inspect or Test a Building


FORENSIC LAB SAMPLE PROCESSING AVAILABILITY NOTICE: We are not accepting test samples at our lab except in limited pro-bono cases by prearrangement. We apologize for the inconvenience. The procedure described at TEST KITS for DUST, MOLD, PARTICLE TESTS for tape sampling produces high quality surface samples of building dust, particle samples, mold or mold-suspect material, or other particles for identification by a qualified laboratory. We will continue to be available for email or emergency consultation described at Contact Us.

  • Environmental Inspections, Paint Failure Inspections, Tests, Fees - Indoor Air Quality, Mold, Gases, Odors, Bacterial Contamination
  • Diagnostic & Forensic Building Inspections, Tests, Fees - pre purchase inspections, diagnostic building inspections, forensic damage causation, repair advice. Home inspections are meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • No Conflicts of Interest: We do not work through realtor-referrals or other sources which might present conflicts of interest with those of our clients or readers.
  • Credentials & Experience: The inspector's experience and credentials and list of publications and classes are available online.
  • Payment Methods: We accept payment for services by check, credit card, PayPal, or cash, and we provide invoices for our services. Payment instructions and options, including how to make payments online are described at PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS for Services Provided by Daniel Friedman - American Home Service Co.

Indoor Environmental Inspections & Forensic Site Investigations by Daniel Friedman
Complete Indoor Air Quality Mold Survey & Testing, Forensic Microscopy Services,
Onsite Diagnostic Inspections & Environmental Laboratory Services
Site Investigation, Cause Diagnosis, Sampling, Lab Analysis, Remediation Plan, Mold Prevention Repairs

Diagnostic Inspection,
Mold / Allergen/gas testing,
& Written Remediation Plan

$1850.

Extra or Mail-in Lab Samples

$50.

Post Remediation
Mold Clearance Inspection
and Testing

$750.

Extra site-collected or
Mail-in Mold Lab Samples

$50.

Real Estate Screen for
Toxic Mold Contamination

$750.

Culture preparation

$125.

Legal consulting retainer/court-fee

$1850.

Particle concentration/M3 of air

$100.

Particle identification: algae, allergens, biologicals,insect fragments, contaminants, house dust, mold, using our own in-house forensic microscopy laboratory. See TEST KITS for DUST, MOLD, PARTICLE TESTS for particle collection using simple adhesive tape, suitable for DIY mold tests, dust analysis, roof stain particles, certain art conservation testing, etc. $50./tape sample $50. to $250. per sample.
Also see Paint Failures
 
Also see PAINT FAILURE Inspections, Tests, Fees   PAINT FAILURE Inspections, Tests, Fees  

Hourly Consulting.

$250./hr

Bulk samples for mold, Tests for Gases (ea)

$100. & Various

Pro-bono professional assistance may be provided to elderly, disabled, limited-income individuals or for religious institutions. Contact us for details.

Photo Documentation

Included for field investigations and in our forensic laboratory microscopy analysis reports

Travel $85./hour + air fees, lodging, if required

Notes:
Diagnostic site survey identifies causes, sources, and extent of mold, allergens, certain other hazards.
Lab work identifies molds and toxicity of mold or other particles present.
Report includes a remediation plan which specifies the extent of cleanup and containment needed.
Report includes Building repair specification to avoid recurrence of problem mold.

Mold clearance inspections are appropriate after a mold cleanup or mold remediation project has been completed.

Payment Methods: We accept payment for services by check, credit card / PayPal, or cash, and we provide invoices for our services. Payment instructions and options, including how to make payments online are described at PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS.

Future Consulting, No Fee. We do not bill for follow-up consulting regarding services we have provided.

Other services:
Emergency on-site microscopy lab services are available for immediate hazard determination.
Forensic particle examination, paint failure analysis, moisture measurement, and aerobiological diagnostic microscopy available.
Bacterial testing available including sewage leak or backup contamination.
Odor cause diagnosis
Testing for specific indoor residential toxic gas hazards such as Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Formic Acid, Formaldehyde, Toluene, VOC's, MVOC's, fire and combustion products screening, etc. are available.

Are you paying too much or not enough for a professional service? Is it possible to pay too little for a Building inspection? see John Ruskin's advice for a thoughtful answer to this question.

Daniel Friedman's Bio

ONSITE INSPECTION / INVESTIGATION AVAILABILITY NOTICE: Except for special cases including our pro-bono services we no longer provide onsite building investigations.

For on-site building & home inspections the extensive list of building inspectors and specialists at
Directory of Professionals to Inspect or Test a Building


FORENSIC LAB SAMPLE PROCESSING AVAILABILITY NOTICE: We are not accepting test samples at our lab except in limited pro-bono cases by prearrangement. We apologize for the inconvenience. The procedure described at TEST KITS for DUST, MOLD, PARTICLE TESTS for tape sampling produces high quality surface samples of building dust, particle samples, mold or mold-suspect material, or other particles for identification by a qualified laboratory. We will continue to be available for email or emergency consultation described at Contact Us.


Diagnostic & Forensic Building Diagnostic Inspections
by Daniel Friedman
Detailed Inspection, Client Participation

We provide in-depth building diagnostic and forensic investigations and inspections for residential and commercial buildings. Articles and building topics discussed at InspectAPedia.com describe our areas of special expertise and experience such as environmental problem diagnosis, testing, and remedial advice, paint failure investigation, foundation damage, moisture and water entry, mechanical, structural, and roofing systems. (Although we have 30 years of experience providing pre purchase home inspections, we no longer provide that service, but we can refer home buyers or homeowners who require that more generalized inspection service. )

Building Diagnostic & Forensic Field & Laboratory Inspection Services

Consulting retainer (1-hour, telephone, email, document review, written opinion)

$250.

Onsite investigation services: base fee (excludes lab test costs and travel)

$1850.

Legal consulting minimum retainer (2-hours)

$500.

Court testimony, expert witness

$1850. / day

Paint Failure Investigations on-site $2750. + travel & lodging
Paint Chip Forensic Microscopy Laboratory Analysis for extra or individual
Mail-in Paint Failure Chip Samples (using our own in-house forensic laboratory)
$50. to $250. per sample.
Details are at Paint Test Fees

Particle identification: algae, allergens, biologicals,insect fragments, contaminants, house dust, mold, using our own in-house forensic microscopy laboratory.

See TEST KITS for DUST, MOLD, PARTICLE TESTS for particle collection using simple adhesive tape, suitable for DIY mold tests, dust analysis, roof stain particles, certain art conservation testing, etc. Particle identification can often help determine particle sources in a building, such as by identification of specific fiberglass insulation fragment types and binding resins.

$50. to $250. per sample. Most tape samples incur a $50. lab fee per sample processed.

Immediate Consulting by Telephone:

Use this link: Immediate Consulting

Pro-bono professional assistance may be provided to elderly, disabled, limited-income individuals or for religious institutions.

Contact us & explain your pro-bono request.

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Travel:

$85./hour + air fees, lodging, if required

Payment Methods: We accept payment for services by check, credit card / PayPal, or cash, and we provide invoices for our services. Payment instructions and options, including how to make payments online are described at PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Future Consulting, No Fee. We do not bill for future consulting regarding services we have provided.

No Hidden Costs: Inspection fees and fees for other services will be reviewed with you and committed before any work is performed.
The fees in this table are subject to change without notice.

Are you paying too much or too little for a professional service? Is it possible to pay too little for a Building inspection? see John Ruskin's advice for a thoughtful answer to this question.

Daniel Friedman's Bio

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