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Buying a Home?
So, you're about to realize the "American Dream", owning your own Home! That's Great! Some careful shopping around and a little common sense can make the difference between that "Dream" and a true Nightmare.
It's an important step,
"Let the Buyer Beware!" Did you ever hear that expression? Things may look fantastic on the surface but below that may lie some real problems. Some new siding and paint can Really Improve the appearance of a Home ... But it' what's underneath that really counts. Don't let the new improvements cloud your judgment. Aside from the obvious structural condition of the house, there are other things that should affect your decision to buy or not to buy. Sometimes it's the little things that can tell you more about the history of the house.
A Good Home Inspection is very important. Many such Agencies exist for this sole purpose. Besides the structural quality and condition of the Home, a Qualified Inspector should be able to tell you a good amount about the basic structure and condition of the Plumbing and Electrical systems. Sometimes things can look "just not right" and that can tell you things too. If the Electrical outlets in some rooms are different heights chances are that they were not professionally done. If you see wires in the basement that resemble Clotheslines well, that's another sign. Any splices of wires that are not in boxes are definitely not right.
It's true that some of these things can be easily remedied and may not be a Big Deal, but this shows that an inexperienced person was doing work there, and should make you wonder about all the things you can't see. This is where the Experienced Licensed Electrician should come in. He can give you the best Idea on the condition of the Electrical System. Hire one to give an assessment on any of the following issues: