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How to Look at a Home

Make sure you have your home inspected by a qualified home inspector. Homebuyer Associate Exclusive Buyer Agents are not home inspectors.  Our Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is made to provide you with the information to make an informed buying choice.

Blockface: Is the neighborhood comprised of single family, duplex or multi-family homes?  Are the homes well maintained?  Research the owner-occupancy of the block face.  How many homes are for sale in a four block radius?

Basement: Look for any obvious signs of moisture or settlement cracks.  Estimate the age of the furnace and determine if the electrical service is circuit breaker or fuse, 60-100 or 200 amp.  These observations are just that, observations.  A written report should be obtained by a certified inspector.

Layout: Is the layout something that fits your lifestyle?  What is the condition of the interior, i.e. painting, carpeting and overall cosmetics?

Exterior: Is the home frame, brick or sided?  If frame, what is the condition of the paint?  If brick what is the condition of the tuckpointing.  Is the home clad to limit trim painting?   What is the condition of the chimney?

Roof: Estimate the age of the roof pending an actual inispection by a certified home inspector. Is it the first, second or third roof?  Is the roof asphalt shingle, tile, cedar shake or other roof composite?