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"SHOULD I BUY A..."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about “SHOULD I BUY A…”:

Should I buy a house that has hurricane flood damage? 

Should I buy a house with hurricane flood damage that has been repaired? 

• Should I buy a house with a fuse panel/box? 

Should I buy a house near a high-voltage power line? 

Should I buy a house that has been remodeled/renovated without building permits or has open permits? 

Should I buy a house with structural problems? 

Should I buy a house with fire damage?

Should I buy a house with a crawl space? 

Should I buy a foreclosure house if the bank refuses to turn on the utilities (electric, water, gas)?

What should I look for when buying a former rental house? 

What should I look for when buying a house that is being "flipped" by an investor seller? 

Should I buy a house with strong cigarette odor? 

• What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure?  

How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?

• Should I buy a fixer-upper? 

• Should I buy a house that is a former marijuana grow house? 

• Should I buy a house with a high radon level? 

Should I buy a house with a radon mitigation system? 

Should I buy a house with a septic tank?

• Should I buy a house with galvanized steel water pipes? 

Should I buy a house with asbestos siding? 

Should I buy a house that has had foundation repair? 

• Should I buy an older mobile home and remodel it? 

Should I buy a house that needs a new roof?

Should I buy a house with an old roof? 

How can I avoid buying a house with clay soil heaving foundation problems? 

• Should I buy a house with sloping floors?

Should I buy a house with no attic access hatch? 

Should I buy a house with double-pane insulated glass windows that are clouded? 

 Should I buy a house with bouncy, spongy, or squeaky floors?

Should I remove an old whole house fan or keep it? 

Should I buy a house with a well? 

• Should I buy a house with popcorn ceilings? 

• Should I buy a house with a septic mound system?


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