Rick provided an inspection/remediation for my sister when she lived in Black Mountain; she has a compromised immune system and is sensitive to mold so she was very grateful for how professional, knowledgeable and accurate Rick was in his work. When I suspected problems in my condo all the way over here in Tacoma, Washington, she suggested that I call and get some input from Rick before searching for a local inspector. I expected to leave a voicemail message for him because I called on a Sunday afternoon, but not only did he pick up, he spent a good 20-25 minutes explaining some really valuable things to be aware of in my home and suggested what I look for/questions to ask a potential inspector. He wouldn’t accept compensation for the time he spent with me on the phone….it’s just like my sister said after having worked with him: Rick is a genuinely good guy, a fair guy, and he is as good as it gets in his business.
Teya R. Seattle, WA
Rick knows his stuff. I have had several old houses. Mold issues have always been issues. This historic 75 year old Flat Rock home presented many challenges including mold and ventilation. Thanks to Ricks recommendations we have implemented the plan to remediate. I know enough about the issues to know a “snow job”. Rick knows of what he speaks. I highly recommend him if you suspect air mold moisture issues. And his fees are very reasonable.
Victor B. Flat Rock
It’s been almost a year since you came out to assess my crawl space moisture problem on Oct 13, 2015. Due to an injury from which I am totally recovered, it took me a while to apply all your recommendations, but it’s done and the difference down there is remarkable. Sending some before and after pictures to illustrate the positive change, though the absence of particles/smell is not visible, it is dramatic and such a relief.Sae Smyrl, Sylva
Professional, thorough and efficient, Rick at A Healthier Home was able to come just after I called him in record-speed time to expertly assess the safety and well-being of the house I’m renting in East Asheville. His 38 years of experience in this business coupled with the comprehensive report with numerous pictures and detailed suggestions qualify him as THE EXPERT in assessing a healthy home. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is conscientious and concerned with the vitality of the building in which they are living or working. He also, notably, has a positive and helpful attitude that is a pleasure to experience.Rachael Geiger, East Asheville
Rick was fantastic, fast and professional. I appreciated his thoroughness and calm approach to the recommended repairs. I highly recommend A Healthier Home.Mary Sitton
Thanks so much for this information. We were so thankful that we found you and got your expert help when we had a mold problem in our mountain cottage. Also our hygienist, Debbie, used you to advise with her parents lake house! She was very pleased with the results! We know who to call if we have any other problems!Linda and Stoney
Rick’s analogy of a house as patient is proving a very helpful conceptualization – it is indeed like a living organism that operates best when certain conditions can be maintained. And Rick’s comprehensive expertise on this matter makes him the family doctor – in the best sense of the tradition: he’s got a broad and clear understanding of “home health” issues, he’s got a great, dedicated, and patient bedside manner, taking plenty of time to answer questions and making sure everything is understood, and, of course, he makes house calls! After spending a few hours with Rick walking and crawling through our home, we felt greatly reassured that our issues could be managed and reversed, and excited by the prospect of coming out the other side with a house in much better “living condition” than it was even before our problems started. Thank you, Rick – for sharing your knowledge, experience, and passion for healthy, efficient homes with us. We, and our house, will be better off for it!Gary and Ellen in Fairview, NC
After having Rick come out to my house I can say two things for sure 1) he knows exactly what he’s doing and 2) I totally trust him. After he was finished he left me with a clear idea about what to do next, and he is still available to me to help any additional questions I have, and with helping me communicate with other people I may need to bring in to help with my house. This is money well spent!Samuel S.
We found Rick when we were about to buy a house and were questioning whether or not it had mold issues. Rick’s summation of the house was the main reason we didn’t buy it, and I’m so very glad we didn’t. He caught issues that a regular home inspection didn’t even consider and basically saved us from investing in something that would have been a money pit. Rick has just inspected our current home and made useful suggestions about things we never considered. He suggested smaller DIY projects that will help us save on energy and provided guidance for preventative measures against allergens, save workplace practices, and maintaining the integrity of our home foundation against pests. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone who wants a healthier living space and is making a long-term investment in their home.Kellam E.
I loved the service! Rick found things that my home inspector didn’t find that were critical. I’ve recommended him to many friends and will continue to recommend him! I wouldn’t consider purchasing a home (or renting one if that were the case) without an inspection by Rick Bayless.Roberta B.
I wanted to write you today to say how happy I was with the services you provided at my home on April 17, 2013. I was so helpless with a water stain I found on my ceiling. I knew there was a water leak, but where, from what, and what kind of damage or mold did I have? I could have called many different service providers to find the leak, was it HVAC, plumbing or the roof? I didn’t know where to begin. I found Rick Bayless on “Angie’s List” and he had high reviews for his company. He preformed a careful review of my home, getting into all the hard to reach areas of my attic. He spotted the leak quickly and gave me tips on how to fix. His visit easily paid for its self in savings other contractors would have overcharged me on. Should other problems arise in this house I would call him first. I would also insist on a secondary home inspection by Rick Bayless should I ever choose to move. He was easy to work with, found problems others missed, and provided me solutions to fix my problems without overpaying contractors. I would recommend A Healthier Home to all my friends and neighbors.Eve in Davidson NC
Rick is amazing. I would not buy a home without his support. He was truly an asset to helping us have confidence in where we live and protecting our family in a very wet environment. I am so thankful we met him.Will S.
This is by far the best investment I have made in my home. Rick Bayless is an amazing inspector. Not only is he certified in many fields, but he has practical experience that makes all the difference. One of the reasons why I picked Rick is because he only does inspections. He does not do actual repairs. This is wonderful because I know he is free of any bias or interest in discovering expensive issues.
Rick started out by asking us what our concerns and issues were. We initially wanted him to inspect for mold that was causing health problems. That was just one of the many things Rick did for us. Rick did a complete top to bottom inspection of the house. He looked for problems with energy efficiency, health issues, comfort issues, etc. He not only identified problems, but sat down and explained the best and least expensive way to address each issue on our own whenever possible. He told us what we need to do and offered to help guide us on any projects we might have to undertake in order to improve the quality of our house. He also prepared a full report with pictures so we could identify each issue.
After the inspection Rick has continued to provide insight and advice on how to tackle each issue that was found. Most of the repairs would’ve cost us a lot of money if we had outside contractors do it, but Rick told us how to easily do these things ourselves. He has checked up on us several times and has provided great assistance in getting some of the items we needed, but were unsure how to procure. Rick has been nothing but helpful and his service far exceeds the modest price we were charged. I will be sure to have him inspect any new home we may ever have or even to assist with any major remodeling of the house. I will be recommending him to all of my friends.
If I could offer one piece of advice for any homeowner, potential buyer, or even someone looking to have work done on their house it would be to first call Rick and have him do an inspection. You would be amazed at the things he would be able to tell you that other inspectors would not even care about. For the modest price he charges, you would be a fool to spend full dollar before having him look your home over. Remember he does not do any actual repairs or work with referrals so you know you are getting an unbiased inspection. The only bias he has is to help you live in the best environment possible.Joseph H.
I can’t express how grateful I am for the time we spent together yesterday. I was extremely impressed by your knowledge, expertise and thoroughness. In addition, I so much appreciated the time you took to explain things to me in an understandable way. That’s a gift. I have already received calls from “Radon Stan” and Five Star, and have scheduled appointments with both. I will be in touch within the next several months to begin a conversation about a new Hvac system. I would appreciate your input. Truly an extraordinary experience yesterday and worth every penny.Kathy Greene
I was so impressed with Rick’s service! From the very beginning to the end he was asking me questions and listening to me well in order to understand the needs and problems with my condo. He was thorough and easy to understand. I felt like I was in a CSI forensics show, going over everything with him, discovering SEVERAL problem areas. He even identified what different discoloration patterns could mean on my HVAC vents! I highly recommend this company! You’re in good hands.Aaron
Thank you for sending me a copy of this report as well! I told Don that you’d share the photographs with him. You were very thorough, very impressive! You know how to pay attention to detail. Thank you again for all the time you spent pinpointing all the problem areas.Juliette Heim
We got amazing value for our investment with Rick Bayless. He not only gave us expert advice on dealing with a situation we had encountered, but also gave us a tremendous education on how to keep our home environmentally healthy and avoid the economic loss associated with mold, mildew, and erosion. … I would absolutely not buy a house now unless Rick did an environmental inspection of it.
Rick is also a wonderful human-being. He believes in seeing things through. He is well-connected and makes great recommendations. I was absolutely astounded when my doorbell rang hours after he left. It was Rick just checking in on how it had gone with someone he had recommended to us. Now, that’s being conscientious!
Virginia B, Hendersonville, NC
Rick came to our home because we needed him to do an air quality inspection. We found some mold growing in our new rental house, and were having trouble getting the property management company to fix the issues we were having … He did a very thorough inspection of our air system, basement (where most of the mold and bacteria was housed), and crawlspace. He really listened to our needs and gave us options on how to move forward from here (without breaking our bank). I’d highly recommend Rick to anyone who is looking for a good guy … Would def use again.
Steffanie P., Hendersonville, NC
Mr. Bayless spent over 4 hours, much of it in the crawl space, seeking sources of mold, energy losses, incomplete caulking and sealing, needed service and repairs, and insufficient insulation. He provided scores of photographs documenting his findings and provided a verbal report on each finding. He was very thorough and responsive to our questions. He started by sitting down with us so we could provide the structure’s history and our concerns. He provided some general introductory information and got to work. He discovered the source of moldy odors in our HVAC unit and a great many lesser items, all of which we will address to more completely isolate the crawl space from the living space and to enhance efficient use of energy.
Joseph B., Biltmore Lake, NC
Rick was awesome!! He took 4 hours to go through the home that we are in contract with. He was very detail oriented and didn’t leave anything out. He walked us through everything and made absolute sure that we knew everything he was going through and saying. I felt excellent about knowing everything about the home we wanted to buy!
Sarah H., Asheville, NC
Things have been very busy this week but I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you. You have helped me out so much with a hard situation. While I know technically you provided a service that I paid for, your professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond really brought me some comfort knowing that I had some information out of all of this chaos – and that is something that is invaluable. I will state the same on Angie’s List and a few other boards that I belong to as well (city-data.com, for example). However, I wanted to just drop you a note while I had a moment.
Rick went above and beyond in his mold inspection of a home we were considering buying. He is someone who understands how a home works and how air and moisture moves within. We found his very comprehensive inspection informative, fascinating and well worth the fee. He took his time, explored everywhere and impressed not only me and my wife but our very seasoned realtor as well. I highly recommend hiring Rick as a voice of reason. He saved us money on unnecessary services and gave us the information needed to buy our new home!