I don’t often waste my breath advocating a professional home inspection here in Manhattan.
That’s the opposite of what I did with each one of my clients in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Yet the benefits of an inspection are no smaller here than elsewhere, even though the vast majority of properties is sold “as is.” Not once in the D.C. area did the professionals fail to discover defects, suggest things to monitor and provide maintenance advice.
Nor, I should say, are inspectors infallible. Continue reading
I’m guessing that none of my readers has purchased a pig — unless it was to be properly roasted and sauced — let alone a pig in a poke.
As we all know, buying something unseen or poorly investigated is asking for trouble.
When it comes to real estate, consumers are ill-advised to leave all the inquiries to others, no matter how professional and how trustworthy they are.
No lawyer is going to Continue reading
Comes the traditional walk-through inspection just prior to closing and careless buyers may be in for unpleasant surprises.
Not just a leaky pipe. Or a pile of trash, a stove that doesn’t work or water that won’t flow from a faucet.
Each of those eventualities can and does occur. Each can be remedied at closing. However, another one can make for a tempest at the table. Continue reading