September 26, 2013

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When shopping for a home, remember first and foremost that you are purchasing a structure. Try not to allow real estate “bling” (i.e. fancy finishes and other cosmetic details), to blind you to more important problems that can be very expensive and time-intensive to repair. 

Some things to look for include:

Dark or discolored floor joists. 

Cracks in the foundation. 

Small “tubes” that appear to be made of mud.

Metal jacks; these may be a sign that a floor has experienced sagging.

Leaking pipes. Water, though slower, can be more destructive than fire.

When in the attic, things to look for include:

Dark or discolored rafters.

Wet spots on the roof sheathing, rafters, or attic floor.

On the exterior of the home, look for:

Damaged, “flipped-up” or puckered roof shingles.

Sagging gutters.

Discolored brick masonry joints.

Before purchasing any home, be sure to have it inspected by a reputable home inspector. These valuable professionals may be able to identify a property’s problems—before they become your problems. 

September 26, 2013

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