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Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening (or reading) to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Home Inspection.
Listen to Bob Vila on Home Inspection, or read text below:
Falling home prices are good news if you’re house-hunting, but now, more than ever, “buyer beware”. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repairs in this market. Problems sometimes get painted over or hidden, which means it’s up to you to find them.
Your best bet is to hire a certified home inspector. Inspections cost anywhere from three to nine hundred bucks and can take between two and five hours, depending on the property. Your inspector should look at the house thoroughly with you, and give you a written assessment of its condition from roof to basement, including structure, finishes, drainage, and all mechanical systems.
The inspector’s report gives you leverage to negotiate a lower price, have repairs made before closing, or back out if you don’t want to deal with serious problems. And even if you simply use it as a to-do list while you own the home, it’s definitely money well spent.
Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!
For more on home inspections, consider the following Bob Vila articles:
10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Foreclosed Home
Do Your Own Home Inspection
Quick Tip: High a Home Inspector Before You Buy
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