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Decoding real estate inspections

New book explains importance of various home characteristics

The cover of "Inspecting a House, Third Edition" by Alan Carson and Robert Dunlop says: "A guide for buyers, owners, and renovators." That's correct. But a better description would explain the book provides a very thorough explanation of what to anticipate when inspecting a house and what the results mean. But the book is more than just a home inspection guidebook. Along the way, the authors provide sound advice so that a home defect discovered won't be taken out of perspective. For example, Carson and Dunlop advise "A house that needs $20,000 worth of improvements may be a great investment if it is priced $30,000 below market value." Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The authors, co-owners of a professional home inspection company for over 25 years, are well qualified to write this fascinating book. Throughout the book, the superb drawings show what to look for in typical houses, both good and bad. To illustrate, I discovered from one of the drawings my house doesn't have "cric...

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