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One of the many items on your to-do list when buying a property should be a thorough inspection of your potential new home.

Bear in mind that after a thorough home inspection, you will be well armed to negotiate a fair price for the property. So don’t miss this step in the home buying process.

Start with the building itself.

And start from the bottom. Check the foundation of the building and check for cracks in the walls and ceilings of each room. You should then inspect the roof, windows and other fixtures for rust or damp areas. Then comes the plumbing and other appliances, which need to be in working order.

Check for pests and rodents.

These can be a huge inconvenience later on if overlooked. There are pest control companies who can take care of this for you. Other important health-related issues to look out for are the presence of termites, lead, mold, mildew, and fungi.

Do a final once-over.

Particularly look for any unpleasant odors or strange marks or stains. These may be signs of an unhealthy environment or neglect which need to be fixed.

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