I was recently inspecting an older townhouse in Columbia with our newest inspector, Dan Floyd. The house had received a nice makeover: new kitchen, paint, hardwood flooring and carpeting. It looked beautiful! However, upon closer inspection, it seemed odd that there was no floor outlet along the long wall separating the neighboring unit. This townhouse was built during a time when electricians were prohibited from putting outlets in the partition wall; for that reason, the outlets were in the floors in rooms abutting the neighboring house. This was to prevent fires sparking between neighbors.
In the upper level, where new carpeting had been installed, one bedroom had a floor outlet but the other did not. Again, that was odd until we pulled back the carpet where we guessed an outlet should be, only to find that the contractor had carpeted right over the outlet! Maybe the same contractor put the hardwood flooring in the living room, but locating that outlet was a job we left for someone else.
This is one example (of many!) showing why you should always get new construction / renovations inspected! Never assume that because it looks good, it is good. Book an inspection with us today! And make sure you check out our referrals page for great contractors in Maryland.
Coming soon: An awesome guide to maintaining your home to make it look great next time it’s inspected. We love inspecting well-maintained houses. Be on the lookout!