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Jack Burton wrote:Congrats. I've been a home owner for a year and half and here's something someone told me that has proven true:
You will NEVER stop paying for it. I had to put a ton of money into fixing my homes finished basement. The original "contractors' the previous homeowners were corner cutting hacks.
It always pays to have a thing in the contract so a home inspector (one that is accredited) will come through and do an inspection of the home before you close the deal.
I went through hell trying to fix up my mother's house a couple years ago because the buyers hired some hotshot home inspector who came through and said we had to change this and that. It was so bad. They wanted us to basically dig up the garden so the woman could plant, which they put in the contract as "landscaping", so we cut the grass, left the manual mower there and got on with our lives.
Watched an interesting show a couple weeks ago about people who buy homes that are former meth labs and grow-op houses. A lot of the construction work in those after they're seized is very shoddy and not up to standards, yet contractors and sellers seem to get by.