Meet Your BrickKicker Team
At The BrickKicker, we put our clients’ needs first, always. Buyers need a fair, unbiased and thorough evaluation of a home before making what may be the biggest financial decision of their lives. We will never minimize the severity of an issue but we keep our findings in perspective. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned investor your inspection will be a stress-free experience that delivers thorough results and the information you need to move forward with confidence.
At The BrickKicker we take pride in the quality and accuracy of our reporting. Our reports are viewed at the end of the inspection and delivered with quality photos within 24 hours. We report all deficiencies in a manner that is clear, accurate and useful in negotiating repairs. We avoid excessively technical language, ambiguous descriptions and excessively long reports that overwhelm our clients.
We are committed to personal and professional development; we understand our role as an advocate for the client and we understand we can only do this by being the best option for our clients in an unregulated industry.
Our culture of continuous education and shared knowledge makes any of our inspectors the best choice for your home inspection needs. We hold ourselves to the highest standards available to our industry.
Mark is an experienced and licensed Home Inspector in the state of Maryland and has provided hundreds of home buyers in the Baltimore and surrounding areas, quality and accurate home inspections. He was a licensed roofing contractor for nearly 20 years and worked in the residential construction industry for over 3 decades. Mark believes his job is to educate clients about their prospective new purchase so they can make an informed buying decision. He also feels teaching clients on how and when to maintain their new home is extremely important, especially to first-time buyers.
He is a friendly, well-liked and outgoing professional. He always strives for 100% customer satisfaction. An inspection is not complete until his client is completely satisfied. He’s a proud graduate of Temple University and a father of two amazing young adults and their perfectly matched spouses.
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Nick graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. After graduating, Nick joined the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum as an early educator and a director of operations. Through his work there, Nick gained experience working with adults and kids of all ages through educational programs. Wanting to maintain an educational role that he received at the B&O Railroad Museum, Nick took up home inspections to help educate his clients during one of the biggest investments they make in their life.
As a licensed Maryland home inspector, Nick uses his knowledge to provide an educational experience for his clients on the purchase of their home. Through his wit and sense of humor, Nick creates an environment where the home buyers feel comfortable during the home inspection process and answers any questions they may have as he walks them through every step of the home.
Jessica VandenelzenInspection Coordinator
Jessica graduated from CCBC in 2003 with an Associates Degree in General Studies, with focus in Massage Therapy and earned her Massage Therapist License. For the next 8 years, Jessica practiced full-time as a Massage Therapist in a sports rehab facility, as well as spa/salon environment. In 2011, Jessica and her loving husband decided to start a family and were blessed with 2 sons 2 1⁄2 years apart. At this time, Jessica transitioned to part-time massage work in order to stay home with her children. She opened her doors to provide in-home childcare during the workweek over the next 6 years to children ranging from 3 months to 11 years old. She became dedicated to helping children learn routine and structure while also playing together and developing social skills in a fun and safe atmosphere. With Jessica’s youngest child ready to start school, she decided it was time to get back into the workforce, at the same time as purchasing her family’s forever home. This required going through the inspection process. Jessica came to appreciate the value and importance in selecting a qualified, licensed home inspector to educate and inform you of the conditions of your investment. In her research, she found The BrickKicker of Greater Baltimore, and owner Jordan Bird, who happened to be looking for a full-time Client Coordinator. For the past year, Jessica has stepped into the roll of assisting clients with their inspection needs, as well as scheduling and managing 4 Inspector’s calendars. With her experience in massage therapy, childcare and administrative support she has become a detail-oriented team player with strong analytical and communication skills. She strives to be the most helpful connection between client and inspector, and takes great pride in the company she is representing.
Jordan graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Goucher College in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to Goucher, Jordan spent four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps completing multiple overseas deployments before returning home to Baltimore. After graduating from Goucher, Jordan entered into the real estate business in Baltimore as a full-time agent. Because of his service in the military, it allowed him to understand clients on a more personal level while keeping professionalism at the forefront of every interaction.
Jordan continues to help clients with their home buying process as a franchise owner with The BrickKicker and licensed Maryland home inspector. His knowledge of the home buying process furthers his diligent efforts to provide the most educational experience to his clients so they have peace of mind when purchasing their new home. Buying a home is one of the most significant decisions and one of the biggest investments they will ever make, so Jordan consistently makes sure his clients are comfortable with each inspection and answers any questions they may have.
Your Trusted Home Inspector in Baltimore
The BrickKicker in Baltimore, Maryland is a professionally trained, certified, and veteran owned inspection firm you can trust. Whether you may be a home buyer, seller or existing homeowner, The BrickKicker will fit all of your home inspection needs.
If you are looking for a qualified home inspector who will approach the job in a consultative unbiased manner, The BrickKicker is just the choice for you. Our trained inspectors will take the time to understand the client’s perspective and offer them a variety of home inspection choices that will fit their needs. We offer expert home inspections, comprehensive inspection reports, and home maintenance advice as well as unique reporting and peripheral services.
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The Inspection Process
- Schedule an inspection by phone or online.
- You are invited and strongly encouraged to accompany us through your home during the inspection.
- You will receive his qualified opinion on the present condition, operation, and function of all major elements of the property.
- Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a comprehensive report with a descriptive overview (including pictures) of your home from the ground up.
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Our ServicesHow We Can Help You
Having a residential inspection has become a key step in today's real estate transaction. Whether a high-rise condo, adjoining town-home, multi-unit dwelling or a large estate; The BrickKicker has the tools and resources to educate our clients in making smart decisions.Learn More
Commercial inspections involve a visual examination or readily objective visual examination of readily accessible areas, physical structure and operating systems of the space. This process occurs in a timely and efficient manner, giving clients the peace of mind to continue on with business.Learn More
In today's world, consumers are more educated about the potential of harmful elements found in and around the places we live and work. The BrickKicker offers a series of different testing services that can be ordered with your inspection.Learn More
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Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned the radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, killing 21,000 people per year in the United States. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. When you breathe are containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. If you find that there are high levels, the home can be fixed. Even very high levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels.
We use Sun Nuclear continuous radon monitors. These devices are very expensive but will show the radon measurement over time, note any unusual or abnormal reading in the test, detect tampering with the device and produce reliable results that you can be confident with. You will get a detailed report on the day the test is completed. We do not need a 3rd party laboratory to interpret our results.
Mold is a naturally occurring process that is present throughout the world. Some circumstances can provide adverse and potentially dangerous conditions to humans when certain species of molds are present in a home. Through professional sampling, the actual presence of mold can be determined and by what means would be necessary to treat the specimen found within the home.
Homes built prior to 1980 may have products and components that relied upon asbestos fibers for strength, durability and fire retardancy. With today's love for remodeling projects, asbestos fibers have a chance to become airborne, which is why asbestos is now considered to be a health concern. The BrickKicker understands where and how the various building products containing asbestos were used and may offer sampling and lab services to determine if asbestos is present.
Most “New Construction” homes have undergone a rigorous municipal or code compliance inspection process, likely at least four “code” inspections. The BrickKicker new construction inspection goes beyond that, looking at the home for not only the functionality of the systems but those cosmetic and unfinished items as well. A new construction inspection will assist you with your Punch List creation and interpretation, helping to ensure your home is perfect before taking ownership.
If you own a building in Baltimore County that contains six dwelling units or fewer that you intend to rent, each rental unit must be registered or approved for exemption by Baltimore County before tenants move in. We provide the necessary inspections to get your property ready for tenants.
The HomeBinder APR is designed to give you helpful direction on where you should be spending your time and money. The goal is to benefit both your wallet and your peace of mind in home ownership.
The Report you will receive summarizes everything you need to start to take action on your property. Plus if you need help finding someone do the work, we can help!
You'll also get a summary of all the 'big ticket' items on your property (roof, windows, siding, HVAC) and the expected remaining useful life and anticipated cost so you'll have an idea of when future costs might come due.