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Baseline Inspections blog is a place where you can learn about common issues, home maintenance tips, and home inspection information. We also have compiled a list of references and resources that can be found under the library section on our website.

What Home Inspectors are Looking for in an Inspection

Home Inspectors Expectations Home Inspectors are at the house to do a visual inspection; the purpose is to examine the build and components and provide an opinion-based report. The report will supply an objective plan for potential repairs or systems that may cause issues and need repair or replacement either immediately or in the future.[…]

How Buyers and Sellers should Prepare for a Home Inspection

The process of buying or selling a home should usually include a home inspection. A home inspection is a visual examination of the condition and structure of a home. There may be common nerves, emotions, and excitement that occurs during a home inspection. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to help you to prepare for an[…]

Electrical Inspection: Service Size and Wire Type

Key Points to Know for Your Insurance Questionnaire: Service Size Wire Type (Copper or Aluminum) Visit our YouTube channel to see Home Inspector Jamie Ruth discuss these key points. For more information on aluminum wiring see attached PDF

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Simple Maintenance to Prevent Basement Water Damage

First fall in your new home? If this is your first fall in a new home, it’s a perfect time to do some simple preventative maintenance with your window wells to prevent basement water damage.  Even homes with good window well drainage can end up clogged if it gets filled with leaves, plastic or other[…]

The Medical Marijuana Tenant: What can you do as a landlord?

Recent regulations from the federal government allow medical marijuana users to set up small growing operations to produce their own crop. “The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) allows individuals, who have been authorized by their health care practitioner, to register with Health Canada to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes.”[…]

House bundled up in Winter scarf and hat to provide insulation.

How Effective Is The Insulation In Your Home?

Insulating Your Home While previous generations may have been content to live in drafty houses, most people now want comfortable warm houses. A healthy house today is well sealed, well insulated and properly ventilated. A well-insulated house is a bit like dressing for the weather. A wool sweater will keep you warm if the wind[…]

Person putting out a couch fire with a fire extinguisher in their home while another person watches in shock.

Do You Know How To Use A Fire Extinguisher?

Learn How And When To Use A Fire Extinguisher (NC) Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? And as importantly, do you know how to use one? What good is a fire extinguisher if you don’t actually know how to use it? Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to use them and are unclear[…]

Person clearing leaves out from a house's eavestroughs as part of a fall home maintenance process.

Fall Home Maintenance

Do you have a checklist for your Fall home maintenance? Well you should. But in case you don’t have one on hand, Baseline Inspections is here to provide you with the best parts of your house to tackle this Fall.   Chimney: Have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Creosote buildup can lead to a chimney fire.[…]

Scenic view of a lake and the reflection of trees from a vacation property rental.

Vacation Property Rentals….Risk vs. Reward

With the increase in use of sites like Airbnb.com and VRBO.com, renters and property owners are connecting all over the globe! Renting your vacation home or cottage can be a great way to help cover some of your ownership costs but….. Are you insured? In some cases insurance companies will not insure you if you[…]

Person putting new silicone caulking on exteriors of window frames as part of their Springtime home maintenance.

Springtime Home Maintenance Not To Be Overlooked

We know about Spring Cleaning, but what about Spring Home Maintenance? The best time to repair or replace caulking around exterior windows and doors is spring or fall, when the width of the joint is halfway between it’s seasonal extremes. This will help keep out heat and humidity in the summertime. Clean out your eaves[…]