About Us

Why Over 10,000 Homebuyers Have Chosen Us

1. Our Google Reviews Make us Blush 🥰
  • See why – check out our Google Reviews Here
  • Facebook Reviews Here
2. We go above and beyond other home inspection companies

US

THEM

We only schedule two inspections per day per inspector3-4 inspections per day per inspector
We walk the roof when it’s accessible and safeOnly take pictures
We’re on-call to answer your post move-in questionsNo post move-in support
We have a dedicated person who answers the phoneThe inspector hopefully calls you back the next day, if at all
We operate every accessible windowOne per room
We test every accessible outletOne per room
3. The home inspection pays for itself
  • Usually, the defects we discover cost substantially more to repair than the cost of the home inspection.
  • Our inspections have saved our clients millions of dollars in repairs that the seller made.
  • Our reports are easy to use to boost your negotiating power
4. Education-Based, Not Ego-Driven Inspections
  • Your inspection is about YOU.
  • We educate you to help you buy the home you fell in love with.
  • All the technical information you want with none of the condescension you don’t
  • Our job is to insure that you have the information you need about the house you’ve fallen in love with.
  • It’s not about us showing off everything we’ve learned over the years.
  • We’re happy to interact with you as much (or as little) as you want
5. What Concerns You, Matters to Us
  • We can tailor our interactions and inspection narrative to your level of interest and expertise
  • Your concerns are valid to us – no matter how big or small – so share them with us and we will address them.
6. Big and Small - We’ve Inspected It All
  • We’ve completed over 10,000 inspections!
  • We’ve got experience with residential properties – from pre-drywall inspections on new construction to homes that are hundreds of years old (and everything in between)
  • From studios to luxury condominiums and from bungalows to mansions
  • We’ve inspected working barns, condo buildings, bars, restaurants, churches, and preschools. We’ve got experience with many types of commercial properties.
7. Unicorns
We are a women-led company – and we mention that because most people have never met a female home inspector. And we’ve got two!!! (Most home inspectors are men – and that’s great! We just want to brag a bit about our uniqueness.) 😀

  • Rachel Oslund is the General Manager and a Certified Master Inspector®
  • Kate Johnson is our head inspector and a Certified Master Inspector®
  • We are members of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Howard County
  • We are members of the Women’s Council of Realtors
  • We are members of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
8. On-Call 12 hours a Day 7 Days a Week
  • Online scheduling – including immediate pricing
  • Office hours 12 hours a day/7 days a week
  • Inspections 7 days a week
  • We’ll handle everything – we perform most inspections you want and schedule the ones we don’t
  • Flexible communication with your inspector – by video-chat, phone, or email – we’re available
9. Unbiased and Objective
  • At the inspection and in your report we uncover and deliver facts – with a little perspective, but no opinions.
  • We all have differing comfort levels with home maintenance and repairs. We can’t tell you if we would buy the property. We CAN give you all the facts you need so that you can move forward confidently.
  • We don’t perform any repairs. We are paid to do inspections.
10. Our Qualifications
  • 10,000+ inspections in Maryland and DC since 2006
  • We are Licensed and our insurance exceeds the standards of Maryland and Washington DC
  • Two Certified Master Inspectors
  • Members of InterNACHI and ASHI
  • Trained and certified in specialty services such as water, mold, radon, asbestos, and lead paint testing (XRF/dust wipe/soil)
  • Some of the certifications we hold are:
    • First Time Home Buyer Friendly
    • Safe Workplace Inspector
    • Meth House Hazards
    • Moisture Intrusion Inspector
    • Mold Inspector
    • Multi-Unit Housing Inspector
    • Plumbing Inspector
    • Residential Property Inspector
    • Structure and Foundation Inspector
    • Electrical Inspector
    • Exterior Inspector
    • Roof Inspector
    • 11th Month Warranty Inspections
    • New Construction Inspector
    • Annual Home Maintenance Inspections
    • Deck Inspector
    • HVAC Inspector
    • COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
    • Certified Master Inspector
11. It’s important to us to be contributing members of the community.
  • We are members of the communities we serve, and we inspect for our clients as if they were members of our families.
  • Because we honor our word, we hold our heads high when we see our clients out in the community
  • Members of Howard County Association of Realtors®, Carroll County Association of Realtors®, Anne Arundel County of Realtors®, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors®
  • Members of Women’s Council of Realtors®
  • Members of LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
  • Members of American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
  • Provide continuing education to consumers, real estate agents, and home inspectors
  • Rachel is serving her second term as a Director on the Howard County Association of Realtors® Board of Directors
    • Chair of Education Committee
    • Member of Fair Housing Committee
    • Member of Realtor Political Action Committee
    • Fair Housing liaison to the HCAR Board of Directors
    • Past Chair of YPN and Affiliates Committees
    • Past Membership Director, WCR Howard County
    • Member of Human Trafficking Task Force
    • Graduate of Maryland Realtors® Leadership Academy

“As a local Real Estate professional, Lodestar is my “go to” inspection company. Myself and my clients appreciate the thorough inspections completed by any of the Lodestar Team’s competent inspectors. The inspection reports are thorough, and provide simple summaries to review when asking for repair requests. 5 stars 🌟 and many referrals go to this top notch inspection company!”

Jaimelee Hood
June 2020

 



“It was a great experience. The inspector was very thorough and professional. She explained everything to me and answered all my questions. Highly recommended.”

Sadia Omer
June 2020

“Jennifer at Lodestar is always a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable, efficient, accommodating and puts the customers needs first. Many of my clients choose Lodestar due to the professionalism and promptness of availability, services and the information on what to expect.”

Christy Staruk
May 2020

“The full service aspect that Lodestar offers is super valuable when coordinating a Real Estate transaction. I make one call for our clients and within minutes all of their inspections from property, to radon to well/septic are on the books and within the timelines we need to keep within contract. Highly recommend!”

Shawn Wilkinson
June 2020

“Very thorough and professional. My fiancé and I are first time home buyers and our inspector explained everything to us room by room. It was a great experience.”

Allison Alvarez
June 2020

“I have been recommending LodeStar to my client’s for a long time and they continue to be among the very best in inspection industry.”

Matt Rhine
June 2020

“Lodestar/Rachel Oslund’s Team always provides top-notch inspections, is always willing to make sure my clients understand everything about the home they are purchasing, and provide informative reports which educate the clients -not alarm them.”

Dianne Jensen
May 2020

Meet the Team

Rachel Oslund, General Manager

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector, #30200

Rachel has worked as a home inspector for over a decade, and she loves educating herself and our clients through her work. She started inspecting because her Dad, who became an inspector when he got out of the Army, told her she’d love it, and she did! They worked together for over a decade until he retired. Outside of work, Rachel loves going on bike rides with her husband and taking…

Kate Johnson, Head Inspector

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector, #32243

Kate is our Head Inspector and Trainer. Her early life gave much hands-on learning as the oldest child of an Air Force dad, she learned from him and then was expected to help maintain the family home while he was deployed. This transitioned into early jobs that exposed her to many construction building blocks- tiling, framing, windows and deck building. Before becoming…

Jennifer Shipe

Client Care Manager

Jennifer is like the air traffic controller for the whole LodeStar Team! Her nearly twenty years in the real estate industry have given her the ability to empathize with clients – she really gets how exciting and sometimes stressful buying a home can be. She’s married with four children – two have flown the coop and two are still at home, along with three dogs and sometimes fish, rabbits, or a…

Bill True

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector, #33442

Bill specializes in rental inspections. Property Managers and individual investors count on Bill’s calm, easy-going demeanor and construction knowledge to get them into compliance with the various rental laws in the City and the County. When he’s not inspecting, you will find him working out at the gym with his wife or reveling in the hustle and bustle of life with three daughters!…

Dave Basham

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector, #33857

Dave’s background is as a contractor, builder, rehabber, and DIY’er. He loves it! A pinched nerve cut that career short and had him wondering what was next – and where his skills might benefit the community most. His son was training to be a home inspector when Dave got the “inspection bug”, too. And boy are we lucky he did! He loves learning new things and is committed to being…

John Kraft

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector, #33775

John is an Odenton native who always dreamt of being a home inspector, but he wasn’t ready to leave his job in the landscaping design field to follow his dream. When he finally did, he found that inspecting is a perfect fit for him. He loves figuring houses out and then being able to educate people about them. His interest in construction and what makes houses work started when…

Service Area Map

Service Areas

Howard County

Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Fulton, Highland, Ilchester, Jessup, North Laurel, Savage, Scaggsville, Clarksville, Cooksville, Daniels, Dayton, Dorsey, Glenelg, Glenwood, Granite, Guilford, Hanover, Isaacsville, Lisbon, Marriottsville, Simpsonville, West Friendship, Woodbine, Woodstock

Anne Arundel County

Annapolis, Annapolis Neck, Arden on the Severn, Arnold, Brooklyn Park, Cape Saint, Claire, Crofton, Crownsville, Deale, Edgewater, Ferndale, Fort Meade, Friendship, Galesville, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Herald Harbor, Jessup, Lake Shore, Linthicum, Maryland City, Mayo, Naval Academy, Odenton, Parole, Pasadena, Pumphrey, Riva, Riviera Beach, Selby-on-the-Bay, Severn, Severna Park, Shady Side, South Gate,Beverly Beach, Bristol, Chestnut Hill Cove, Churchton, Davidsonville, Fairhaven, Germantown, Gibson Island, Green Haven, Hanover, Harmans, Harundale, Harwood, Hillsmere Shores, Jacobsville, Londontowne, Lothian, Millersville, Orchard Beach, Owensville, Riverdale, Russett, Sherwood Forest, Sudley, Tracys Landing, Waysons Corner, West River, Winchester-on-the-Severn, Woodland Beach

Carroll County

Westminster (county seat), Taneytown, Woodstock, Manchester, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Hampstead, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Alesia, Carrollton, Carrolltowne, Detour, Finksburg, Frizzelburg, Gamber, Gaither, Greenmount, Harney, Henryton, Jasontown, Keymar, Lineboro, Linwood, Louisville, Marriottsville, Mayberry, Middleburg, Millers, Patapsco, Pleasant Valley, Silver Run, Union Mills, Uniontown, Woodbine

Baltimore County

Arbutus, Baltimore Highlands, Bowleys, Quarters, Carney, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Garrison, Hampton, Kingsville, Lansdowne, Lochearn, Lutherville, Mays Chapel, Middle River, Milford Mill, Overlea, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Rossville, Timonium, Towson (county seat), White Marsh, Woodlawn, Baldwin, Boring, Bradshaw, Brooklandville, Butler, Chase, Fork, Fort Howard, Germantown, Glen Arm, Glencoe, Glyndon, Halethorpe, Hereford, Hunt Valley, Hydes, Jacksonville, Long Green, Maryland Line, Monkton, Nottingham, Oella, Parkton, Phoenix, Ruxton, Sparks, Sparrows Point, Stevenson, Turners Station, Upper Falls, Upperco, White Hall

Montgomery County

Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma Park, Barnesville, Brookeville, Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Somerset, Washington Grove, Oakmont, Drummond, Ashton-Sandy Spring, Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Brookmont, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Calverton, Clarksburg, Cloverly, Colesville, Damascus, Darnestown, Fairland, Forest Glen, Four Corners, Germantown, Glenmont, Hillandale, Kemp Mill, Layhill, Leisure World, Montgomery Village, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Olney, Potomac, Redland, Silver Spring, South Kensington, Travilah, White Oak, Wheaton, Ashton, Beallsville, Boyds, Derwood, Dickerson, Hyattstown, Sandy Spring

Prince George's County

Bowie, College Park, District Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Seat Pleasant, Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Eagle Harbor, Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Forest Heights, Landover Hills, Morningside, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park, University Park, Upper Marlboro, Accokeek, Adelphi, Andrews AFB, Aquasco, Baden, Beltsville, Brandywine, Brock Hall, Calverton, Camp Springs, Cedarville, Chillum, Clinton, Coral Hills, Croom, East Riverdale, Fairwood, Forestville, Fort Washington, Friendly, Glassmanor, Glenn Dale, Hillandale, Hillcrest Heights, Kettering, Konterra, Lake Arbor, Landover, Langley Park, Lanham, Largo, Marlboro Meadows, Marlboro Village, Marlow Heights, Marlton, Melwood, Mitchellville, National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Peppermill Village, Queen Anne, Queenland, Rosaryville, Seabrook, Silver Hill, South Laurel, Springdale, Suitland, Summerfield, Temple Hills, Walker Mill, West Laurel, Westphalia, Woodlawn, Woodmore, Ardmore, Avondale, Berwyn, Carmody Hills, Carole, Highlands, Cedar Heights, Chapel Oaks, Cheltenham, Collington, Danville, Green Meadows, Indian Creek Village, Kentland, Lewisdale, Meadows, Montpelier, Muirkirk, North College Park, Palmer Park, Piscataway, Raljon, Rogers Heights, South Bowie, Tantallon, Tuxedo, Vansville, West Hyattsville, White Hall, Woodyard

Frederick County
Brunswick, Burkittsville, Emmitsburg, Frederick, Middletown, Mount Airy, Myersville, New Market, Rosemont, Thurmont, Walkersville, Woodsboro
Harford County

Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Bel Air, Abingdon, Aldino, Benson, Berkley, Cardiff, Castleton, Churchville, Clayton, Constant Friendship, Creswell, Dublin, Darlington, Emmorton, Fairview, Forest Hill, Fountain Green, Glenwood, Hess, Hickory, Hopewell Village, Joppa, Kalmia, Level, Madonna, Norrisville, Shawsville, Street, Taylor, Whiteford, Glenville, Aberdeen, Proving Ground, Bel Air North, Bel Air South, Darlington, Edgewood, Fallston, Jarrettsville, Joppatowne, Perryman, Pleasant Hills, Pylesville, Riverside

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