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Inspect Your Home Before You Buy

Take It And Run: Ilyce's Corner
By Ilyce Glink for Right at Home Daily

Most homebuyers pay for a professional home inspector to thoroughly scrutinize the home they want to buy.

If you don't accompany the inspector as he or she makes the rounds, you'll miss out on the best opportunity to learn where the mechanical systems are located, how they work, and what you would need to do to keep them running.

Many homebuyers show up at the end of a home inspection just to receive the report. But wouldn't you rather know that you need to re-caulk your windows to block the moisture? And to learn that the grading isn't steep enough to keep water running away from your foundation?

A skilled inspector should look at everything inside, including the attic, basement and crawl space, and should walk completely around the exterior and up on the roof. He or she may even look at outbuildings on the project.

Tag along. It may be the most useful hours you spend around your home.

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