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4 Surprises That Pop Up During Pre-Listing Chimney Inspections

As a real estate agent, you are one of the first places that your home sellers or buyers will go when an inspection returns with issues noted. It’s a great idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most common surprises that pop up during pre-listing chimney inspections and how to solve them. Masonry Problems: The [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Blog|

Fireplace Safety 101

Whether your home has had a fireplace for decades or you just purchased a home with a brand new fireplace tucked inside, knowing how to safely use it is essential. Fireplaces, when used and maintained properly, are very safe. However, when you don’t maintain them or pay close attention, they can lead to serious hazards [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|Blog|

The Chimney Terms Every Realtor Should Know

Real estate professionals are expected to have a great deal of knowledge about not only selling homes but also different parts of the home. Chimneys have specialized vocabulary to describe different elements of the chimney, and understanding different vocabulary terms will help you to help your clients throughout the chimney inspection and home buying or selling [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Blog|

The Benefits of a Chimney Cap

If you’re a homeowner, there is a good chance that you have heard how valuable a chimney cap is to the short-term and long-term integrity of your chimney. Even though your chimney might seem strong and able to endure years of harsh weather and wildlife activity, installing a chimney cap can fortify it even more. [...]

By |August 11th, 2020|Blog|

5 Common Chimney Problems in Older Houses

As a real estate agent, you encounter hundreds of houses every year. While all of them might not have a chimney, many of them probably do. In many Maryland homes, chimneys can help residents to stay warm in the coldest months of the year. The issues can arise when working with a buyer or seller [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Blog|

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Chimney

Winter isn’t the same without a warm fire to gather around on brisk nights, which is why homeowners like you enjoy having a fireplace. While the fireplace might be a centerpiece of your home, there’s a good chance you don’t spend too much time thinking about your chimney. Without regular maintenance and care, a hazardous [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|Blog|

4 Common Gutter Installation Issues That Arise During a Home Sale

Gutters might not be the most glamorous part of the home that you are selling, but they play a critical role in the structural stability of the home over time. Small issues during the installation process can snowball to basement leaks and foundation cracks. During the home inspection before your client sells their home, you [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Blog|

Do Gutter Guards Really Work?

Gutter guards are sold as a cure-all for gutter problems, as they are marketed as preventing all debris and build-up from entering the gutter and saving plenty of headaches as a result. However, their steep cost can make homeowners think twice, Should you install gutter guards? They Aren’t Foolproof Unfortunately, gutter guards do help to [...]

By |June 16th, 2020|Blog|

How Long Does a Thorough Chimney Inspection and Cleaning Take?

Homes are hitting the market as COVID-19 restrictions start to lift in Maryland, and as a result, many home sellers are looking to list. However, getting out of the house is harder than it used to be! If your home sellers are curious about the length of time it takes for a thorough chimney inspection [...]

By |May 26th, 2020|Blog|

The Cost of Improper Gutter Maintenance

Gutter cleaning is not the most glamorous spring clean-up task, but it is critical to maintaining the structure and safety of your home and property. The minor investment you make every year in gutter maintenance actually prevents steep costs down the road to repair not only your gutters, but also big parts of your home [...]

By |May 12th, 2020|Blog|