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Old 09-27-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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What necessary things should a prospective buyer inspect and know about before buying a home. I know about termite inspections and roof inspections but is there an inspection service that will check out the house or can the future owner check it.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Wind mitigation - lowers your insurance. Does it have shutters? Newer home must have them, older homes were not required.

If you buy a home with a septic tank you must have a separate inspection for that. It's not included in the normal inspections.

If you are buying a short sale or a foreclosure do NOT expect things to be fixed. You are buying a home "as is" usually.

Look out for "do it yourself" room enclosures/garage made in to a room - many were not permitted and won't pass a bank inspection.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Buying a home

Great points, glad you had the answers.



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Wind mitigation - lowers your insurance. Does it have shutters? Newer home must have them, older homes were not required.

If you buy a home with a septic tank you must have a separate inspection for that. It's not included in the normal inspections.

If you are buying a short sale or a foreclosure do NOT expect things to be fixed. You are buying a home "as is" usually.

Look out for "do it yourself" room enclosures/garage made in to a room - many were not permitted and won't pass a bank inspection.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Looking a neighborhoods, is there a PSL, police report site where crimes can be checked on various streets?
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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yes.. its a bit difficult to navigate but....

CrimeReports.com

there is also a sexual offender list/map as well if you go back to the main
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:16 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Home Inspection - YES must be done.. The first house we contracted on wound up having chinese drywall...the developer had told us that there was previous CDW but that it was all taken care of...even showed us "proof"..we we got an inspection and there was still CDW...we cancelled that contract...and bought a different home (and had that inspected too)...So by all means have it inspected and make contract contingent on the inspection....we did and we're glad we did.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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Get a professional to do the home inspection, even on new construction. Many builders are quick to resond before they get paid for the house than they are after they get their money, even if the home is under warrenty. Call at least 3 inspectors until you find someone you feel you can trust. Be careful to avoid "agent/deal friendly" inspectors.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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Alfbroker - I saw your website and even though I have already purchased a home (Tradition) I will download it on my Kindle later today..... I've been to Florida many many times on business and pleasure in the past during every month of the year and I know all about the weather- that's why they have air conditioning :-)
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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and its been in the 60's the last few days and we are LOVING IT!!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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What necessary things should a prospective buyer inspect and know about before buying a home. I know about termite inspections and roof inspections but is there an inspection service that will check out the house or can the future owner check it.
Get a survey as well!!
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