This article is part of the Ready to Buy series, which focuses on the key issues that potential home buyers need to understand as they work through the purchase process. In addition to a basic home inspection, you also need to decide which specialized inspections to order. The vast majority of buyers do Wood Destroying Insect and Radon in Air tests in addition to the basic home inspection. Most inspection companies offer these three services.
This article is part of the Ready to Buy series, which focuses on the key issues that potential home buyers need to understand as they work through the purchase process. The first thing you do after putting a property under contract is schedule the home inspection. Basic inspections look at the structure and systems of the home to evaluate how well they are functioning. This includes areas like the roof, siding, windows, and chimney on
Photo: CT Department of Housing Property owners in a portion of Connecticut have been struggling with foundation problems. The concrete mix used to build their homes included pyrrhotite, which is a mineral that causes foundations to deteriorate due to exposure to air and water. There is no way to repair a defective foundation. The only way to save a home with pyrrhotite is to replace the foundation, a very expensive project. Home insurers didn’t think
Maybe you noticed. We had a large snowstorm come through on Friday. Hopefully by now you and your street are shoveled out. Many people remain stuck though. Help them if you can. Be neighborly. There was plenty of advance warning that the storm was coming, but of course no one really knew just how much snow we would get. Most agents realized that showings on Saturday would be a waste of time, so if they
These are fuses for the electrical system of a house. Most homes that you see these days have been updated to circuit breakers, so finding fuse boxes becomes less common each year. It’s okay to want to buy a house that has fuses, but you should plan for them to be upgraded. Perhaps you’ll be able to convince the seller to deal with them before the closing. That’s unfortunately not always possible though, so just