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5 Myths About Buying Your First Home

Buying a home is an intimidating prospect, and that’s especially true when buying your first home. Many young families are often very reluctant to buy their first home because there’s a pervasive notion out there that buying a home is a long, painful and expensive process. While buying a home isn’t a walk in the […]

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Don’t let a competitive market keep you from getting a home inspection.

In a competitive environment, it can be tempting for buyers who have already lost houses to other bidders to want to streamline the process, making it not only easier for the seller but also making their bid look more attractive. For some, this means skipping the home inspection. But experts say this is never a good idea. The value […]

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Home inspectors can reduce risk in home buying.

Buying a home is often the largest purchase in a person’s lifetime. So before taking that big step, it makes sense to hire a certified, experienced home inspector to check over the property. That’s the view of both Pete Mizeres, principal of Detailed Home Inspections, based in Chagrin Falls, and Mark Cassidy, owner/inspector of Crown […]

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5 home inspection problems

Getting a thorough professional inspection before buying a house is a must. Here are five problems that may mean a house isn’t as homey as you thought. 1. Foundation issues – You do not want to see these words anywhere in the home inspection or appraisal. Almost every house has “settling” of some kind and […]

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The Home Inspector: Your New Home’s Private Detective

What you don’t know could hurt you – at least in the case of a real estate transaction. That’s why every homebuyer should ensure a contract is contingent upon a satisfactory home inspection. Especially for older construction, building standards and construction materials have drastically changed. Plus, many properties on the market now have been vacant […]

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Know the Home Inspection Red Flags

If you have ever been involved in a real estate transaction, you have probably experienced the process of getting a home inspection. Home inspections are done primarily to protect both buyer and seller. When purchasing a home, buyers clearly want to be confident that they are making a wise investment and a thorough home inspection […]

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7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Inspector

That “perfect” four-bedroom, two-bath house you stumbled upon in a beautiful suburban neighborhood could hide some serious problems. The best way for homebuyers to find out about potential issues is with a good home inspection. In fact, you’ll have to get a home inspection to meet mortgage lenders’ requirements before you buy. But not all licensed inspectors will thoroughly […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Danger of Carbon Monoxide

There are many possible sources of carbon monoxide in a home. Unvented cooking appliances, wood burning fireplaces, gas, oil, wood or coal furnaces. Blocked chimneys are another source. So are gas water heaters, gas dryers and tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide can get in the home if you run your car in the attached garage. Pool/spa […]

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Buying & selling: What a Home Inspection Means for Everyone

The inspection period — which comes after an offer is accepted, but before a sales contract is signed — is a time when buyers, sellers and their agents hold their breath. That’s because this is when a deal is most likely to fall apart. Inspections may reveal issues that the buyers did not anticipate when […]

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What Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Radon

About one in 15 U.S. homes contain radon—a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. And because radon lurks in nearly all soil, it can creep into holes or cracks in the walls or foundation of any home, risking your health if you’re a buyer and quashing the deal […]

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