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Old 01-07-2008, 07:34 AM   #31
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This is my first house and I am a little scared.
How old is the plumbing? is it copper?
How old is the wiring inside the home? is it knob and tub?
The home has been empty for ten years-the furnace and water heater will more then likely need to be replaced.

What is the condition of the roof?

How is the foundation?

Are the floors level?

Condition of the chimney?

Is the exterior asbestos siding?

The windows are probably older single pane wood windows.

Is the home located in a low ground area resulting in major water in the basement?


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All of these are negotiation factors that you can use to get a lower price unless you are already getting the home for below market value.

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Old 01-07-2008, 07:55 AM   #32
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Roof is ok to main house. Car port roof is very bad. It does have asbestos siding. It has storm windows. Not sure about the plumbing. It has 1 bath and kitchen right next to each other. The laundry room is outside enclosed in front of the car port. It is on very high ground no flooding chances.
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Here is a small pic of the triangle thing.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:26 AM   #34
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Is this purchase being handled by a real estate agent or private seller?

If the home has asbestos siding then there may be asbestos insulation on the heating system.

It may have floor tile with asbestos.

It may have ceiling tiles with asbestos.

You will need to check the whole house.

The interior paint will more than likely have lead based paint.

Do you have children?
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Not sure if the inside has asbestos. No children. It doesn't have central heat and air but it does have one large vent in the middle of the house that is for the heater. The heating unit is in the crawl space. It is a private seller. I am allowed a termite inspection and home inspection.
The floor in the house is all carpet. I think the walls are drywall.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:45 AM   #36
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If the home has asbestos siding then there may be asbestos insulation on the heating system.
All these are true, but they have no relation to the fact that there's asbestos siding on the exterior. A 1940s house without asbestos siding is just as likely to have lead paint, asbestos insulation, asbestos flooring, etc as a 1940s house WITH asbestos siding.

I don't think the siding is really something to worry about, especially if it's intact, and you're not planning on removing it. It can be repainted, or covered with new siding, and poses no health risk if it's left in place.

Your inspector should be looking (visually) for asbestos insulation. Flooring is something to consider when you do renovations. The inspector won't be able to tell you if the floor tiles are asbestos.

What are you paying for the inspection? How did you find this inspector? I don't know what the market is like around you, but up here, a $200 inspection is not worth the money. You should look for a reputable company with lots of experience and good references. You should pay closer to $500 for the inspection, IMO. That's cheap insurance and peace of mind, especially when you're a new homebuyer, and when the house is clearly an older one with the likelyhood of some significant maintenance issues.

Good luck with it. Could be a good deal, but make sure you know what you're getting into, and make sure you're paying below market value for a house that's been vacant for 10 years, and has some issues to be dealt with.

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Here is a small pic of the triangle thing.
Kind of difficult to see, but that looks like a whole house surge suppressor.
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Kind of difficult to see, but that looks like a whole house surge suppressor.
Or an external connection to the original first floor electrical service?
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Thanks guys. I appreciate all of the great info.
I choose the home inspection company a family member used for their home purchases. They are more expensive but I heard they are good. They are approx. $400 for a 1000 sq. ft. house. From what I have been told they are very good. Is there another place to look besides the yellow pages for the top home inspectors.

I am doing my best to estimate how much I am going to put into it. I want to keep the house fairly simple but I am not sure how much everything will cost.

I have learned a great deal about electrical just in the past week and reading this board. I had no idea how bad the electrical was on this property. I just didn't know enough about it. So I am sure the same will be true of plumbing etc.
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Sounds like you probably have a decent inspector. The worst mistake is to hire an inspector by price, and spend $125 on a totally worthless inspection.
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All these are true, but they have no relation to the fact that there's asbestos siding on the exterior. A 1940s house without asbestos siding is just as likely to have lead paint, asbestos insulation, asbestos flooring, etc as a 1940s house WITH asbestos siding.
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I don't think there is a heck of a lot more to add but I will say this if those tap conductors terminate on that triangle thing dangling there I wouldn't be grabbing hold of it.....
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I don't think there is a heck of a lot more to add but I will say this if those tap conductors terminate on that triangle thing dangling there I wouldn't be grabbing hold of it.....

....unless I was fixxin' to gank some free power.


Just kidding.

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