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August 3, 2012

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Does the Home You’re Buying Have Dirty Little Secrets?

by terresteinbeck RODEO REALTY

What little morsels of hidden information is the L.A. home you’re buying keeping from you? What horrendous troubles might it lay in your path to trip you up?  You say, no problem, I’m getting a home inspection. Bully for you! You’re a major risk taker if you don’t.

But there’s no need to wait for the full-scale, turn-the-place-upside-down investigation. You can conduct your own preliminary look-see to find out what’s brewing beneath those walls. Having this advanced info not only will save you a healthy chunk of time. It will also provide you with a bundle of info that can serve as one monster of a bargaining chip. As in: “The pipes obviously date back to the Roman aqueducts. Knock a few grand off the price to cover new plumbing.”

Here are some key guidelines for conducting your own  home inspection.

Get Fat With the Insulation.  Skimpy layers of insulation mean you won’t be taking that vacation in Maui. That’s because you’ll be covering the soaring heating and air conditioning bills.  Have the seller to bulk up on the layering, or cut you a deal. Maui is calling.

Find Out How Old They Are. Not the sellers, the appliances, roof, siding, and the like. If you have an idea of replacement dates, you can use this intel to bargain big.

Eyeball the Exterior. See any cracks? Large trees with hefty roots that could put the squeeze on plumbing and foundations?  “Oh, seller, we need to talk.”

If you’d like more info about pre-inspection inspections, feel free to give me a shout.  Or just fire your questions or comments into the box below. There’s plenty of space.

And, of course, if you want to be connected to the latest info and opportunities in the Beverly Hills real estate market, I’m ready to make it happen.  Call or email today.

Back soon.

Terre Steinbeck

terre.steinbeck@gmail.com

(310) 666-4094  DIRECT

(310) 724-7100   OFFICE

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