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Litigation Support & Expert Witness Construction Defects

Stephen Lee Showalter, NACHI® CMI, ASHI ACI
Stephen Showalter Home Inspector,  Showalter Property ConsultantsHome Inspector, Environmental Consultant

Maryland State Home Inspector License #29634 
ASHI ACI Certified Membership
NACHI® CMI Certified Master Inspector
InterNACHI® CPI Certified Membership
Certified Commercial Property Inspector Association
FAA Certified UAV Pilot
CRT Certified Residential Thermographer


Building Performance Institute; BPI Building Analyst
Building Performance Institute; BPI Building Envelope
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
2009 IRC Plan Review and Inspection for Maryland
National Environmental Health Association-Radon Sampling
American Society of Home Inspectors Conferences
National Association of Home Inspectors Education Conferences
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization Educational Conferences
Studied Architecture-Anne Arundel Community College

Occupation & Services

Home and Building Inspection Services has performed over 15,000 inspections since 1988. Experience includes:
Commercial Building Inspections
New Home Construction Inspections
Historic Home Inspections
Thermal Imaging Services
Environmental Consulting, Including Radon Testing and Mold Sampling
New Home Construction Arbitration Experience
Instructor for Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents
Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony 1988-Present

Accomplishments 1988-Present

Past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors
Served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Inspectors (8 years)
Past president and founding member of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors
New home construction arbitrator
Instructor for Maryland Board of Realtors and several other counties;1993-Current
GRI Instructor for the Maryland Board of Realtors 301 Environmental Education
Maryland Board of Realtor 2011 Conference Instructor on Historic Homes
Founding member of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors
Founding member of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization
Featured speaker at the National Association of Realtors National Conference
Featured speaker at the Maryland Association of Realtors State Conference
Featured speaker at the American Society of Home Inspectors National Conference
Featured speaker at the National Association of Home Inspectors National Conference
Featured speaker at the National Pillar to Post Inspection National Conference
Featured speaker at the National Association of Property Managers Conference
Past president and founder of Building Specs, a national home inspection and training company
Testified before the House and Senate of the State of Maryland on the home inspection industry
CRI Designation, Certified Residential Inspector (NAHI)
Performed over 12,000 building inspections and environmental assessments.
Extensive experience in mold and moisture investigation in Maryland and the Florida Keys
Expert Witness in the Queen Anne County, MD Court System
Developed a nationally recognized training program for home inspectors and have personally trained over 1000 home inspectors from the beginning inspector to continuing education programs.
Developed a building inspection reporting system used by inspectors throughout the United States and Canada.
International Conference of Building Officials Membership
Developed a comprehensive reporting system and maintenance manual used and recognized nationally by professional home inspectors.
Featured on 3 episodes of HGTV House Detectives.
Features in 2 Instructional DVDs on Home Inspections
Produced several internationally recognized instructional DVDs on home inspection and code related topics.

Teaching Experiance

Building Specs Inc:Weekly courses and national education conference.Developed syllabus, overall course structure and administered curriculum. Created the curriculum and presentations for all aspects of home, property and environmental inspection.
Instructor – Indoor Environmental Standards Organization.
Helped develop the syllabus and overall course structure for the certification program.

Instructor – Boards of Realtors
National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore, Prince Georges County, Frederick County, Cecil County, Champion Realty, Long and Foster Realty, Coldwell Banker and Prudential Key West Realty.
Calvert County Historic Trust.

National Conferences-Featured Speaker

Topics included: home inspections, new home defects, historic homes and report writing
The National Association of Home Inspectors
American Society of Home Inspectors
National Association of Property Managers
New Home Construction Defects, Lorman
National Association of Realtors
Pillar to Post Franchise Convention

Related Experiance

Providing building inspections, environmental assessments and litigation support on construction defects in Maryland and the Florida Keys.

President and Founder of Building Specs Inc., 1988-2005
National and local inspection and environmental testing company.

Construction Superintendent
Managed and worked on large scale historic renovations and constructed multi-million-dollar homes. Performed hands on carpentry through all phases of construction and carpentry in upstate New York, Annapolis Maryland, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the Florida Keys.

Carpentry and Roofing Construction, 1976-1993
Honed carpentry and other related skills working on construction sites, including tract home construction in Maryland, custom homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, renovations of historic homes in Keys West, Maryland and the Berkshire foothills of New York. Extensive hands-on experience with carpentry skill including framing, cabinetry and trim.

We provide litigation support for new home construciton and remodeling defect cases. We will help you to gather defensible documentation in the event you find yourself challenging the workmanship performed on your property. Mr. Showalter has testiified and been sworn in as an expert wiitness on several cases.

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Jack Gallagher Pool Inspector, Showalter Property Consultants

Jack Gallagher
Swimming Pool Consultant, Indoor Air Quality Consultant

CRT Certified Residential Thermographer
Certified  Pool Inspector, InterNachi
Certified  Radon Inspector, InterNachi
Certified  Mold Inspector, InterNachi

Swimming Pool & Spa Inspector

Showalter Property Consultants has a unique and detailed methods for inspecting in-ground swimming pools, featuring the skills of Jack Gallagher. Jack has spent many years in the swimming pool construction and service industry. He has construction experience in both gunite and shotcrete structures, as well as vinyl liner pool construction. Jack has inspected hundreds of swimming pools, both concrete and vinyl.

Years of service experience allows Jack to bring a level of comfort to both experienced and first time pool buyers. His comprehensive swimming pool inspection reports, including color underwater video of the complete pool shell, are well-regarded in the market from Potomac to Ocean City, and Lutherville to Southern Maryland. Customer attention and clear communication is his focus.

The findings are presented in a manner so you can easily obtain quotes for repairs by local pool service companies, and Jack is always available by phone to help you with any questions, sometimes while he is enjoying his own pool! 

Leak Detection

Jack uses state of the art equipment for leak detection, bringing his experience and expertise to every job. The inspection can locate leaks in swimming pools, irrigation systems, radiant heating systems, and other various underground systems.

Mold Sampling

Jack has completed InterNACHI’s Mold Inspector Training and ADVANCED Mold Inspector Training courses. Having assisted in many mold investigations, Jack has become fluent in all areas if sampling, including air, swab, tape lift and VOC sampling. Every report includes detailed documentation to inform the client on specific test results. A follow-up phone call is always made to make sure the client knows exactly what was found, possible health effects, as well as recommended next-steps.

Radon Testing/Air Quality

Jack has performed hundreds of radon tests in the Annapolis/Baltimore/Eastern Shore area. Using the most comprehensive testing equipment available, our tests give you MUCH more than just a number. Each report includes at least 48 data points to enable you to see trends, as opposed to a raw number. While usually associated with a real estate transaction, we have performed many tests for people that just want to know the quality of the air they breathe in their own homes.

Water Sampling

Maryland certified, Jack has taken the required classes to properly collect water samples.

Home Inspection

While still in the training stage, Jack is diligently working his way through the InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector Course. He looks forward to expanding his inspection career with Showalter Property Consultants.


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