How to avoid buying, selling a bad house

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When selling your home, before putting it on the market for sale, hire a professional inspector. As a home seller, I've done this many times and am always glad I did–even when my buyer hired his/her own professional inspector who "discovered" alleged defects. I recommend hiring an inspector who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The reason I like ASHI members is this organization requires its new members to pass an exam and have completed more than 200 inspections. The cost of a typical home inspection is around $300 and should take at least two hours. Whether you are the home seller or the buyer, please be sure to accompany your inspector to discuss any defects discovered. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. DON'T RELY ON HOME SELLERS, OR THEIR REAL ESTATE AGENTS, TO REVEAL ALL HOME DEFECTS. California was the first state to require home sellers to provide written Transfer Disclosure Statements (TDS) to buyers before home purchase. Unfortunately, not a...