Personal Background

The following form is a required handout in Maryland:


“Inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of a building.  The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the building and its components on the date of inspection.  The results of this home inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding latent or concealed defects that may exist.

“If your home inspector is not a licensed structural engineer or other professional whose license authorizes the rendering of an opinion as to the structural integrity of a building or its other component parts, you may be advised to seek professional opinion as to any defects or concerns mentioned in the report.”

SHORT RESUME: Jack Reilly   – January 2010

Jack Reilly became a full time home inspector in 1978.  He is an active volunteer in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  On the local level he served two terms as president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ASHI (MAC-ASHI).  He was active in the chapter from the time of its inception in 1979 and was one of the original speakers in the Back to Basics seminar series started in the early 1980s. On the national level he has served a three-year term as a Director-at-Large to international ASHI and has served on such committees as Standards and Ethics, Bylaws, Legislative, Public Relations, and Allied Professions, which he chaired for three years.  In 1997 he drafted a proposal that lead to EPA funding of a mutual assistance agreement between the EPA and ASHI, and chaired the committee which oversaw its implementation.  He founded his own business, Jack Reilly Associates, in 1980, and has conducted over 16,000 inspections over the years.  In the late 1970s he was a technical consultant on the first training manual developed for HUD for municipal rehab specialists.  He was chief lecturer on a series of six-week seminars sponsored by the Council of Governments to train such rehab specialists.  In 1991 he was a lecturer at the 8th International Symposium on Nondestructive Testing of Wood, sponsored by the Washington State University Graduate School of Engineering and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory.  He has spoken before committees of the Maryland Legislature on such subjects as residential lead paint and home inspections. He has published in ASHI publications, the Baltimore Evening Sun, and the Old House Journal.  In 2001 he appeared as a repeat expert on residential construction on the Home and Garden cable channel (HGTV), and has been frequently featured on HGTV’s series, “House Detective.”  Through both ASHI and the Property Inspectors Training Institute (PITI) he has lectured on the technicalities of his profession to more than 1,000 people interested in acquiring the skills of the private building inspector.

Jack Reilly is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and minored in architecture.  He is a licensed home inspector under the Maryland Commission of Real Estate Appraisers & Home Inspectors (license No. 29687). He has qualified as an expert witness dealing with construction in the courts of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Jack Reilly Associates, Inc. is a Maryland corporation.