Typical GFCI Outlet

GFCI Outlets-What Does this Button Do?

GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are an important safety device in a modern homes electrical system. Testing GFCIs to ensure they are in working order is an important part of the home inspection.  The home inspector will use a simple testing tool to check the GFCIs for proper operation. A GFCI can be thought […]

Bath fans or dryers venting to the attic is a common defect.

Not That Kind of Attic Vent

A super common defect found in home inspections is a bath fan or dryer vented to the attic space. Handymen often think this is a “good enough” solution. In their mind, the warm moist air will naturally exit the attic space through the roof vents. All too often, this is not the case. Typically, this […]

Maryland Home Buyer Resources

Resources for Maryland Home Buyers

Home buying is a complicated and intimidating process, and many home buyers don’t realize how many resources there are to help them. I thought I’d put together a list of resources for Maryland home buyers and Baltimore City home buyers in particular. I’m not affiliated with any of these sites, but I’ve used some of […]

What to expect from your home inspection title image.

What to Expect From a Home Inspection

For many home buyers, the home inspection is a new experience. Here’s a rundown on a typical inspection. The pre-inspection agreement. This is the first document you’ll receive from me: it will detail the price, day and time of the inspection and the scope and limitations of your inspection. You’ll receive a link to sign […]

A deck at the end of it's useful life.

Top 10 Deck Defects

Top 10 Deck Defects Decks are a great way to add outdoor living space to a home.  It’s important to make that space safe and secure.  Here are ten commonly found defects during deck inspections. This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it a checklist for code compliance. Be sure to check your local […]