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Old 04-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #16
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If the inspection reveals any serious issues, be sure to use them as bargaining chips to reduce the price of the house. I have successfully done that a couple of times.
Sometimes even minor issues that you can do yourself will help with that. Especially, if the seller would have hired someone else to do it.

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Are there things we should check/fix first? Our inspection is Monday and there are lots of things on our todo list but I'm curious if there are things people usually tackle first. We're thinking of redoing the floors and painting before we move in since that would be a pain once our stuff is there. Any tips?
Do not hurry to get in there such that you can't pay attention to the truly important things.

Sure, paint and floor refinishing are best done before moving. But, as others have pointed, so are other critical things you can't readily see that would involve ripping up floors or opening up walls. Better to get THOSE things figured out and repaired BEFORE worrying about paint and floors.
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You definitely want the chimneys and fireboxes inspected before you use them. Your overall inspector should be able to spot anything totally out of wack (like them needing to be relined to make them safe) but not like a chimney sweep can.
Gotta be careful with everyone you hire these days. Last year I had a well known local chimney sweep company come out to clean the fireplace and when they finished up they gave me a report indicating that the fireplace was "unsafe" to use because there were "shifted tiles throughout the flue". Their repair estimate was $2800. I have been in this house for 30 years and we rarely use the fireplace so I was suspicious. I declined their recommended repairs and after they left I mounted my digital camera on a tripod and opened the flue and stuck the camera up into the chimney and snapped some pics. The flue was perfectly smooth all the way up with absolutely no evidence of any problems at all. I won't be using this company ever again.

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