Meet Our Founder

Dan standing next to a ladder while preforming home inspection services

Dan Gartrell, ACI

President/Chief Home Inspector, Virginia Inspector License #3380000696, Maryland Inspector License #34722

For over 24 years, Dan Gartrell has provided professional Home Inspection and Appraisal services throughout the D.C. Metro area.

To date, Dan has personally performed over 7,000 Full Service Home Inspections for Buyers and Sellers, and has either personally performed or directly supervised over an additional 13,000 property Inspections for Appraisal purposes related to federally-funded mortgage transactions, probate processing, settlement platforms, and personal interest cases.

Dan is a 3rd generation Northern Virginia native who brings extensive knowledge concerning local building practices and materials to the table. His method of analysis and conveyance of critical information has earned him a reputation that fuels an ever-expanding “referral only” based business rarely found in the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (GMU 1999), and is a former decorated United States Marine (1987-1991).

Years of Experience

Full Service Home Inspections

Property Inspections

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
  • Northern Virginia Chapter ASHI (NOVAASHI)
  • Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI)
  • Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR)
  • Metropolitan Residential Information Systems (MRIS)
  • Brightseat/Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
  • McKissock Training Institute
  • DPOR (Virginia)
  • DLLR (Maryland)
  • DLLR (D.C.)
  • HomeGauge/Alamode Software Systems
American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI
American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI Certified Inspector
Veteran Owned Business
United States Marine Corps emblem
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

What Are Our Clients Saying?

Melissa MartinMelissa Martin
19:09 14 Jan 24
As a transaction coordinator working for a real estate broker, I can confidently say that our clients rave about Dan. His expertise, attention to detail, and thoroughness in examining properties leave a lasting impression on buyers. Dan's comprehensive reports and effective communication skills make him an invaluable asset in ensuring a smooth and successful home buying experience. I highly recommend Dan as a home inspector!
Anna MoonAnna Moon
02:39 31 Dec 23
Several of my buyer clients used Dan Gartrell to complete their inspections, and he was great! He had very in debt knowledge, his reports were very thorough, and explained everything very clearly so the clients understood what each findings meant and what the severity of the findings is.I wouldn't hesitate recommending Dan to anyone that is looking to get an inspection done!
Justin O'DonnellJustin O'Donnell
16:22 29 Dec 23
Dan Gartrell has been an amazing partner in assisting my clients as a home inspector for several home purchases over the last several years, and I can't say enough about him. His expertise and attention to detail have helped our clients make informed decisions about their home purchases time and time again. He came highly recommended to me, and I can confidently recommend him to all of my clients now and in the future.
Dalia M KhairDalia M Khair
15:55 29 Dec 23
Even though I never ended up working with Dan due to our purchase offer not being selected, I must commend him for going above and beyond to help both myself and my clients understand the process. Despite not being his direct client, Dan was incredibly accommodating and made himself available to answer any questions we had. His extensive knowledge and professionalism were evident throughout our interactions, and he patiently explained various aspects of the home inspection process, ensuring that we felt knowledgeable and confident about his process. Dan's dedication to providing exceptional service, even when not directly engaged, speaks volumes about his commitment to his clients' satisfaction. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a knowledgeable and reliable home inspection professional.
Jasin SinghJasin Singh
15:51 29 Dec 23
Dan helped a client of mine earlier this year inspect a house and did a phenomenal job. He was not only knowledgeable but also trustworthy, making my client feel extremely comfortable with his home purchase decision. Dan eagerly shared his expertise, helping my client understand the condition of the home and providing valuable insights on regular maintenance that would be required over time. Additionally, he took the time to label all the shut-off valves for the water hose bibs and the water main valve, further demonstrating his attention to detail and commitment to ensuring a smooth and informed home inspection process.
Gustavo DeleonGustavo Deleon
18:47 28 Dec 23
Great service. Dan did an excellent job in explaining everything throughout the inspection. Communications and professionalism were excellent.
megan tremblaymegan tremblay
18:32 28 Dec 23
We were extremely fortunate to have the expertise of this home inspector, Dan, during our property purchase. Dan's meticulous inspection revealed several significant issues that were not immediately apparent to us or our realtor. His exceptional attention to detail and extensive knowledge of building structures left us impressed. Moreover, he went above and beyond to explain the implications of his findings, helping us understand the situation and putting our minds at ease. With his comprehensive report providing valuable insights, we were able to make an informed decision to proceed with the purchase. We are immensely grateful for Dan's professionalism and highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a reliable home inspector.
Sean S.K. KimSean S.K. Kim
21:30 16 Jul 22
very proper and professional.all necessary explanation with thorough job in inspection and report. pleasant experience.
Kari SteinbergKari Steinberg
20:00 14 Jul 22
Dan Gartrell is as good as they come. He has been my go-to inspector for years. He is thorough and efficient. In over 10 years of referring him I have never had a disappointed client. Everyone raves about him and I frequently hear "thank you for the wonderful referral". I do not hesitate to pass along his name as I know my clients will be taken care of.
Mur1ca StrongMur1ca Strong
19:26 11 Jul 22
Dan is impressive!Dan spent 4 hours giving my house a thorough inspection. From every power outlet, HVAC, filter, appliances to roof. Inside, outside, top and down.Not only that, he explained everything with detail about how everything works, what the issue is, what needs to be fixed, and what may lead to bigger problems.I learned so much from him since I decided to stick with him the whole time so I can better take care of my house as an owner.4 hours, non stop, no break, fully committed to it. I’m super grateful for having such a dedicated decent gentleman and a retired Marine. Even better, he gave me an inspection report with pictures and marks that show the issues in two days. I get to decide and prioritize them to be fixed.In the end, I wanted to pay him a bit more just to show Dan my gratitude and appreciation but he takes nothing extra from me.Dan is a man with integrity. I wish every service could be as reliable, responsible, and efficient as him.
Celeste BuccolaCeleste Buccola
19:12 04 Jun 20
Dan was professional, thorough, and offered helpful suggestions. It was evident that he has been doing this for a long time and his level of expertise gave me peace of mind. Dan exhibited keen attention to detail -- he spotted things I would never have thought of. I would definitely recommend him.
Devin MooreDevin Moore
00:34 11 Apr 20
Homestar is my go-to for all things related to real estate. Whether appraising homes or doing in-depth inspections there is nobody else I trust in the industry! I have employed their services countless times and have referred them countless time to many other industry professionals and I have never had anything but overwhelmingly positive feedback. They always find a way to accommodate clients, you can 100% trust this company.
Elizabeth IdeElizabeth Ide
16:01 15 Mar 18
I have used Homestar Real Estate Services exclusively for several years. My clients find the inspections to be extremely thorough and professional. Dan explains in detail, all the major components of a property (including the way each individual HVAC system works) and takes time to answer buyers questions and concerns about maintenance.I want to protect my clients and help them make informed decisions -the inspection service offered by Dan's company is the most important step!I generally hesitate to recommend any service provider online, however, my client's experience from high ranking Military families who have purchased many homes, to first time home buyers (in over 100 recent home inspections) the experience with Homestar has been outstanding!

Servicing Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia

Homestar provides Inspection services throughout the entire Northern Virginia area, to include Fairfax, Falls Church, Arlington, Manassas, Manassas Park, Fredericksburg, Prince William, Loudoun, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fauquier County; The State of Maryland to include Prince George's, Montgomery, and Charles County, and the District of Columbia.

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