Many homes are sold as is, or with the promise of renovations or modifications prior to closing the deal. Make sure these are done, and insist on them. Contracts can be shifty, and once you sign it may not be easy to renege. Have it inspected by capable professionals. You may not have another shot once you sign that dotted line.
Contributor: Caleb Backe
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Be wary of “professional inspectors” – they’re typically not worth a plug nickle. These “guarantees” always have caveats such as “we only inspect what we can see, there can be hidden damage blah blah blah blah”. Go crawl around, poke, ask questions
Ask the town inspector if you can. Many times they’re willing to help too. Engage friends who are in the building and/or construction business – pay them if necessary because at least you’ll be confident in their findings.