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If buying a house

Just wondering when any of your were buying your house, was there any unexpected costs that you didnt think of before? If so what where they? Anything from small stuff like a lawnmower to something huge.

Did you have any inspections done prior to buying the house and which ones where they? Like checking for mold/termites and such and how much did it cost you?
I was also told its best to have someone check the structure of the house especially if its an older house.

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LittleBirdFly

Asked by LittleBirdFly at 2:10 PM on Jun. 13, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • well i bought my grandmothers house and once we got started remodleing we found that all the windows had to be replaces and there had been a huge leak that had been missed and over half of the floor was rotting and had to be replaced..you should def hire someone to check out the structure and electrical..
    jorjiegirl

    Answer by jorjiegirl at 2:12 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • You do need an inspection for EVERYTHING! Even if you think its expensive,it is SO worth it. They check for structural problems, electrical and all other systems and for insects/termites.
    I think we were pretty much prepared for it but there are always things you find you need after you move in.
    Good luck and enjoy!
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 2:13 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • like minnesotanice said, you do need inspections, and most of your lenders will require them anyway. they aren't going to put their money on something that is a money pit.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 2:20 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • We did a thorough inspection . . . I think it was around 300, but well worth it. We were able to keep a running tab of fixes and expenses that way.

    A big chunk of change goes toward property tax and local assessments.

    You just need to make sure that there are no major must-fix issues like structural damage, mold, or electrical stuff . . .

    Good luck!
    ImaginationMama

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 2:31 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • thanks for all you infos!!
    LittleBirdFly

    Comment by LittleBirdFly (original poster) at 8:55 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Push the burden of the inspections to the seller! If there are problems to be corrected, have the seller pay for them or negotiate.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 6:51 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • good idea tasches
    LittleBirdFly

    Comment by LittleBirdFly (original poster) at 8:10 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

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