Beware of falling in love with remodeled home

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Are you falling in love with a home that was just remodeled, but want to make sure it was done right before you consider buying it? Remodeling that is all glitz with no substance can be an invitation to some real headaches down the road, so here are a few major things to pay attention to while you're shopping. If--after making as close an inspection as you feel confident doing on your own--you still love the house but still have some doubts, consider hiring a home inspector for a complete professional evaluation before you sign on the dotted line. Check those wide-open spaces: Open floor plans are a desirable feature in today's homes, but creating them during a remodeling project is more involved then just removing a wall or two. If you are looking at a home--especially an older one--that shows any signs of walls, window and door headers, or other structural components that have been moved or eliminated, you need to look very closely at how it was done. The removal of bearing walls wit...