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JHM0M 11-01-2011 12:49 PM

Am a single mom trying to buy a house, unfortunately the home I can afford are foreclosures. I have found one, but it seems to have roof issues, but the foundation looks good. Should I keep looking or could this be a good fixer-upper?

rossfingal 11-01-2011 12:59 PM

Welcome to "DIY"!
Pictures would help -
more info -
What kind of "roof issues"?
Are you going to have the house inspected?


JHM0M 11-01-2011 02:42 PM

Yes, if I get that far. If this is something like foundation damage that could effect the integrity of the house I don't want to go through the trouble or expense.

JHM0M 11-01-2011 02:44 PM

I will know more tomorrow, when I see the inside of the house. I'll get some pics and post gem as well. Thank you for taking the time to help.

Blondesense 11-01-2011 06:59 PM

JHMOM, there is really no way for anyone on the internet to know. Pics may help a bit but you need someone knowledgeable on your side, by your side. I would recommend you start looking for a good home inspector NOW. Before you find a home. Find one with a strong background in the building trades (not someone who recently completed one of those courses advertised on late night TV. Find one you are comfortable talking to and won't make you feel like an idiot for asking stupid questions. Then when you find a home, be there for the inspection and ask lots and lots of stupid questions.

Most people (including myself when we bought this home) rely on their realtor to choose an inspector. But think about it. Is a realtor more likely to recommend a Mike Holmes who is going to point out every potential problem and possibly scare people off, or someone who is gonna overlook stuff and find a minimal amount of issues? I don't mean to imply realtors are unethical, but they do have a financial interest in making the sale with as few hiccups as possible.

rossfingal 11-04-2011 07:40 AM

Yeah - what "Blondesense" says! :)
Or - if you can't afford a "Certified" inspector (money is always a problem)
Find a friend, friend of a family member, someone who is familiar with
houses/construction, etc...
Have them walk through it.
The foundation, is important - so is everything else!
Years ago, my nephew was looking to buy a house -
we looked at numerous houses - most of them I told him "walk away"!
We did find one.
I still told him - get an "Inspector" to look at it!
He didn't - luckily: not too many "surprises"!


Windows on Wash 11-05-2011 09:47 PM

Make friends with a good contractor. It could save you thousands in the end.

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