Home Buyer's Checklist: Everything You Need to Know--but Forget to Ask--Before You Buy a Home

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9780071373807: Home Buyer's Checklist: Everything You Need to Know--but Forget to Ask--Before You Buy a Home

Everyone who has bought a home knows that an official inspection is no guarantee against unpleasant surprises, and that, ultimately, the burden to ask the important questions about the physical aspects of a home is on the home buyer. But buying a home is one of life’s most stressful, emotionally fraught activities, and it’s easy to see why many home buyers fail to anticipate the kinds of exasperating and expensive problems that can crop up after closing.

Written by bestselling real estate author (more than 1 million books sold) Robert Irwin, Home Buyer's Checklist levels the playing field by equipping home buyers with a comprehensive list of questions pertaining to all the physical aspects of a house that may not be covered in an official inspection. From basement to attic, pantry to lawn, Bob walks readers through every room, nook, cranny, closet and keep, asking important questions about windows, screens, doors and door frames, fireplaces, light fixtures, moldings, and much, much more. And, drawing upon his many years of experience in the business, he provides pointers on how to deal with each problem, including information on how much it will cost to fix, how to estimate its short- and long-term consequences, how it should impact on the negotiating process, and more.

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America's Number One Real Estate Expert gives you the tools you need to uncover the REAL story behind any house.

Surprises are only fun if it's your birthday, not after you make an offer or buy a home and "SURPRISE"--it needs a lot more work than you thought. Unfortunately, if you ask most homeowners they'll have a war story about their house that begins with, "I never looked closely or asked the agent or seller about that...!" Or "I didn't realize how much replacing the damaged floors would cost." It's easy to get flabbergasted when you're house hunting and forget to ask important questions or overlook crucial details. Let Robert Irwin, America's number-one real estate writer let you take charge of your home search with Home Buyer's Checklist, a step-by-step, room-by-room, top-to-bottom guide that shows you exactly how to "precheck" a house before you make an offer.

  • Consider or Eliminate­­When you're looking at a dozen homes, find out when it makes more sense to forget it than to buy it.
  • Ask the Inspector­­Know which potential problems to later point out to your inspector so that they become the seller's headache and not yours
  • Neighbors and Neighborhoods­­Invest in quality of life (Green Lawns: YES­­Cars on Lawns: NO) and you will add value to your home
  • Your Home's Life Span­­Learn how to asses the quality and durability of your home in order to avoid costly surprises down the road

Take this book with you when you look at homes and let it suggest what you must ask about each house. With practical and no-nonsense advice, Robert Irwin answers the question: "Where do I begin?" Begin HERE!

About the Author:

Robert Irwin, one of America's leading experts in all areas of real estate, is the author of more than 40 books, including McGraw-Hill's best-selling Tips and Traps series. For more real estate tips and traps, go to www.robertirwin.com.

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