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Welcome to our blog!
We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

  We suggest that you take the estimated cost of the necessary repairs and calculate it as a percentage of the total cost of the home. Would you cancel a contract when all the repairs equal only 2% of what you are paying for the house?

   Also, do all the repairs have to be done right away? For example, if the home inspector says that the roof is near the end of it’s serviceable lifespan, that doesn’t mean you need a roof right now. You have a couple of years to recover from the dent the down payment made in your bank account before you will need a new roof.

   And, last, we always suggest that you take at least a day to make your decision. Sleep on it overnight. Unless the inspection is an unmitigated disaster, don’t cancel you contract on the spot.

   Now is a great time to find your dream home at a never-to-be-repeated low price. We wish you happy house hunting!


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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