December 2013

Found 2 blog entries for December 2013.

While every home has its own quirks, many of which may only be visible to a professional home inspector, below are a few issues to watch for that are common to historic homes:

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Steel pipes

Old homes can have galvanized steel pipes, which inevitably flake and rust from the inside out. Don’t assume steel pipes are in good condition just because they look that way at a glance.

Knob and tube wiring

This wiring system was common in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. You’ll know the home has it because the wires are affixed to the joists of the house by ceramic insulating knobs. This type of exposed wiring system can be a safety hazard due to hot wires and lack of grounding.

Foundation

Historic homes can pre-date many building

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3230_Littlestown_Pike_52608_HFRHistoric homes all have their own unique stories, written from their gently groaning floorboards up their embellished banisters to their lofty beams.  They wear the architectural styles of their ages and breathe the personal tastes of their many inhabitants. From homes with the grandiose Georgian architecture of the 1700s to brick Federal-style homes built in the 1800s to elegant, turn-of-the-century Victorians, Maryland has a diverse array of these livable time capsules that reflect its rich history.

While owning an historic home is a romantic, longtime dream for some, the reality is these homes are, well, old. And sometimes along with the classic design sensibilities and craftsmanship comes a myriad of potentially costly issues. While it’s easy to

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