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Home    Home improvement    Home inspections    Home life    Home maintenance and repair    House - Buying    House - Selling   
HOME INSPECTIONS

Before inspection:
____ Be wary of inspectors recommended by real estate agents (representing the sellers)
____ Ask to see some of the company's old inspection results to see how thoroughly they inspect and document results
____ Is the house inspector covered by liability insurance
____ Determine the experience level of inspectors (and their company)
____ Determine the level of training of inspectors

During inspection:
____ Go with the inspector
____ Ensure the inspector does the following:
          - Lifts rugs to check for water stains
          - Checks wiring e.g., ability to run a large appliance (e.g., air conditioner) and other electrical equipment at same time
          - Ensures bathtub(s), sinks, etc don't leak
          - Checks water pressure

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RESIDENCE - Buying
Also see: MOVING, RESIDENCE - Choosing

ASAP:
____ Find a good inspector
____ Make arrangements for obtaining a mortgage loan - find out now how much you can qualify for
____ Review mortgage tips at mtgprofessor.com

To review homes for sale by owner:
Private For Sale.com

After finding a residence you're interested in:
____ Have residence inspected by a home inspector



If the residence was built before 1978:
____ Have a thorough lead test of the residence conducted by a certified professional

____ Determine the risk of flood damage (check with your insurance agent, bank, town hall, etc.) - most homeowners underestimate the risk of flooding

After buying a residence:
If your residence is in a flood-prone area:

____ Consider obtaining flood insurance - most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage
____ Consider obtaining a sewer and drain rider on your insurance policy - to protect against flood damage, even if caused by local flooding
____ Obtain federal flood insurance
____ Consider federal flood mitigation insurance - to help with rebuilding to meet federal flood standards
____ Ensure your vehicles are protected against flood damage

For more house-buying tips:
____ Check out onthelevelinspections.com

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