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Flood in Old Ellicott City

I normally try to keep this blog related to home inspections, but this post is a business owner’s perspective on helping those businesses that were devastated in the Ellicott City flood this past summer. Thanks to monumental efforts by the owners, volunteers and the...

Home Maintenance Checklist

Hi there! Have you ever wondered about the things you’re missing when you think about your house’s maintenance? There are so many little details to think about that it can quickly become overwhelming!  You need to think about air filters, hose bibs,...

Flooring Fail – Why You Should Always Inspect Renovated Homes

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...

Finding a Home Inspector 1/2

The media and consumer advocates generally recommend that buyers avoid home inspectors that are recommended by a Realtor because the Realtor’s motivation is to “close the deal” which may be facilitated by a less than thorough inspection.  You on the other hand...

Finding a Home Inspector 2/2

In Part 1 of this series, I tried to convince home buyers to consider using a home inspector recommended by a trusted Realtor.  Within days of writing that blog I was confronted with a real life counterpoint when our office booked an inspection for a client who...