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Old 03-01-2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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So I'm thinking about putting a purchase offer in on a home. There are a few things I have been wondering about.
The realtor said the house is block built with vinyl siding out doors and framing inside would this type of building tend to be well insulated and fuel efficient?
How much does it cost to have a fuel oil furnace cleaned?
any idea how much it would cost to install a tub?

Any advice for a first time buyer?
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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Get a home inspection.
Call some local contractors and get some rough estimates
for the furnace and tub.

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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+27 on the home inspection. Don't buy a house without it. Even if you find some things wrong, you could probably get the house cheaper with the inspection report.

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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Get the home inspection, and follow that guy around like a lost puppy dog. Make sure he is climbing into the attic and also sticking his head into all the crawl spaces. Also--Get a septic system inspection (if there is one), water test (if on well water), radon test (air and water).

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:00 PM   #5
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I plan on having an inspection, I dont think the bank would give me a loan with out one.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:10 PM   #6
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Most of the time you'll need the home to be inspected so you can get a Certificate of Occupancy. Just remember that a good inspector will make the house seem like it's about to fall apart.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:37 PM   #7
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Most of the time you'll need the home to be inspected so you can get a Certificate of Occupancy. Just remember that a good inspector will make the house seem like it's about to fall apart.
Must be a bit different out on the East coast our aren't so doom and gloom out here.

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
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Most of the time you'll need the home to be inspected so you can get a Certificate of Occupancy. Just remember that a good inspector will make the house seem like it's about to fall apart.
never heard of a CO being issued due to a change of ownership. Only time it comes into the process here if work/additions/decks were done without permits.

I would think the mortgage company would require an inspection as you said. The insulation may or may not be that good depending the homes age years ago no insulation was required by code here . My home had very little and is now all up to the 1995 standards . Best to get bids from contractors in the area if something needs to be replaced have the present owners pony up or give a credit at closing.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:56 PM   #9
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Must be a bit different out on the East coast our aren't so doom and gloom out here.
Mine was horrendous but then again he was an amazing inspector. The inspection sheet afterward had a list of things to fix and in what order(by years) we should get them done. Some of the urgent ones were done by the previous owner before the sale and the rest will be up to us over the next few years.

The inspection was needed by the bank so they knew the shape of the house for the mortgage. If the house failed the inspection then the mortgage wouldn't have happened.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:44 PM   #10
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TxBrew has another forum for homeowners (or future homeowners)

http://www.houserepairtalk.com/


If those guys can't answer your q's, no one can.
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