How can I avoid buying a ‘sick house’?

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A "sick house" is different from a "bad house." The best protection against buying a sick house is to hire a qualified professional inspector, preferably a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. In addition to all the physical items on your home inspector's checklist, don't hesitate to ask about other concerns you might have. Here are a few topics to consider: 1 – Moisture and Mold. Almost every house has some mold. It used to be called mildew. Mold usually has no harmful effect and can be quickly removed and prevented with some Clorox or other bleach cleaner. A bathroom without adequate ventilation is the area that most frequently attracts mold. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Last semester, my college real estate law class included a nice young lady student who is a "mold inspector." Until I met her, I didn't know such a profession exists. Then I read a great new book on this topic, "What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold," by Vicki Lankarge. Mold can ...