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Tips for the Novice


Michael Lee Ferrell

Published by Michael Ferrell at Smashwords

Copyright 2011. Michael Lee Ferrell

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I am an Architect with over 40 years experience in the construction and architecture industry. Through those years, I’ve performed thousands of inspections, both commercial and residential. I’ve seen so many different situations and problems that it would be impossible to describe them in one short book; however, in my semi-retirement years, I keep having friends and acquaintances ask me to perform a house inspection for them or one of their friends. Quite frankly, I’m getting a little too old to be crawling around under houses or on top of them for that matter.

As a result of these requests, I came to realize that there is a real absence of credible information available for the novice home buyer to feel armed in their quest. Consequently, I decided to write a short book aimed at the novices out there that really need some help in selecting their new home. You can’t always depend on what people tell you about a piece of property, but if you are armed with a little basic knowledge, then you can compare what you see against what you’re being told. That’s the purpose of this book.

Many of us are scared to death when it comes to buying a home, especially if it is our first home, and most of us are totally inept when it comes to knowing what to look for. I have learned that the best insurance policy that you can buy when purchasing a new home is a House Inspection; however, don’t stop there. If you are concerned about your investment, then it would always pay to perform a little checking yourself. Most of us are not experts, so I’ve developed some tips on what to look out for when you’re looking at the potential new home. These tips should be able to help you through the decision making process, but if you are ever in doubt, always consult a professional as every situation can present its very own unique circumstances.

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