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Flipper Fix!
 Home Inspectors can find the good and bad! Let a professional show you the path. If your buying a home in Southern Maryland it is wise to get a home inspection!
Sometimes I smile and sometimes I cringe when someone calls to schedule an inspection and they say that the house was a foreclosure but an investor bought it and fixed it up and it is "beautiful now."
Well, to each his own.
This is what greeted me as I approached this three year old house!
The sidewalk has settled about 2".
This presents a couple of problems - that first step is a doozy, about 10" high.  Forget Grandma, it was hard for me! That is too high for most codes.
And secondly, as the sidewalk, and soil, settle around houses, and front stoops like this, holes are opened up which are very attractive to small animals and snakes.
Once I was explaining the animal attraction to someone when a rabbit darted out from under the stoop right through my legs!  Convenient object lesson!
There are various fixes for this kind of gapping, which I won't go into.  But, importantly, if you set out to "FIX" it, please FIX it!  ... more

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