The Building Consultant

Why I’m Not a Home Inspector:

Typically, the term “home inspection” connotes a look at the entire home (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) in a generalized format while holding to a predefined script or checklist. There is much value in this format, and a good, seasoned home inspector is appropriate when buying a home.  However, a general over-all inspection does not assess the building envelope in depth.

Mark’s services are related specifically to the building envelope, which protects the rest of the structure. Moisture intrusion into the building envelope can cost you thousands of dollars. Microbial action resulting from moisture intrusion can cost you your health. A quality, professional building analysis is critical before buying a new home, for litigation, in negotiations with insurance companies and builders, and for general safety in any home to save incalculable funds and hassles in the future. Mark’s diligence, thoroughness, and attention to detail will bring the result you need: an accurate picture of what is going on with your home’s exterior.

“After hiring Mark, I would recommend Mr. Parlee to anyone needing an expert concerning construction projects, including homebuilding, remodeling, and exterior renovation.”

“Not only is the current problem fixed, but all the small details Mark pointed out will help us avoid additional issues in the future. Mark has proven once again that we indeed chose only the best for our home.”
-Joe and Lisa

Call Before Your House Crumbles!


Invasive building damage and moisture intrusion are most often invisible to a homeowner’s untrained eye until the extent of the damage has escalated into financial disaster. This is why so many people trust Mark for their home’s leak critique. He is a Certified Third Party Moisture Analyst and EIFS Inspector, and is a Certified Infrared Thermographer. Mark Parlee is ready to help you save your home.

Mark will conduct a thorough investigation of building envelope failure, provide a Building Envelope Assessment picturing the defects he found, show with diagrams how your home’s material should have been installed, and state the steps to remedy the damage. When your safety, time, and money hang in the balance, a preventive solution is always the best solution. Contact the Building Consultant.

“It’s all about the building envelope. That is what protects your framing, electrical work, drywall, plumbing, and everything else that goes into your home, including your grandma’s antique dresser. If the building envelope fails, everything inside is at risk. If you see signs of deterioration on the exterior of your home, it is only a matter of time until the moisture, often accompanied by microbial growth, will find its way into the interior of your home.”
-Mark Parlee