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We are looking for a buying a house and was previously burnt due to lighting.What should we look for

We are looking for a buying a house and was previously burnt due to lighting. The fire engine came in a poured a lot of water to shut the fire off. What are the things to look for?
  • September 12 2013 - Minneapolis
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Mold.  That is the biggest thing.  And see if you can do an inspection on the framing to make sure it is solid.  Find out if the insurance company repaired anything.  The owners should have records.
  • November 08 2013
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I would be very careful and expect the worst.  Smoke and water can cause more damage then can be seen.  I would definitely utilize an agent and ask for their resources when performing inspections.  Beware, be diligent, good luck!
  • October 26 2013
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I would look for an inspector who is or was previously a licensed contractor. They KNOW the codes for building.

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  • October 25 2013
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Your realtor should give you no other advice here but to hire a inspector(s) to check the integrity of the house. 
  • September 12 2013
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I licensed Realtor will know what to do, and more importantly who to hire for inspections on any given property.

Every property will have it's own problems, so it is best to hire a professional. 

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  • September 12 2013
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I would get a licensed builder to walk through the property with you so he can let you know what you are getting into before you commit. 
  • September 12 2013
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You are going to need inspections and many of them. Electrical, structural, HVAC, plumbing and you name it. Who are you buying it from? Private owner, builder, bank? An experienced contractor might be good to have.
  • September 12 2013
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