Your Home—Your Doubts: A Reference Guide to Owning a Home

When it comes to buying and maintaining a home, most homebuyers and homeowners have little interest in the details. Yet, issues will arise that will require some basic background in home ownership. To look up that information can be quite time consuming. Relying on vendors’ advice without having some background to critically evaluate their recommendations

When it comes to buying and maintaining a home, most homebuyers and homeowners have little interest in the details. Yet, issues will arise that will require some basic background in home ownership. To look up that information can be quite time consuming. Relying on vendors’ advice without having some background to critically evaluate their recommendations can be costly. What characteristics should I look for in a real estate agent? Is it better to buy an older or newer home? What is a high maintenance yard? When should I replace the roof and the appliances? How do I choose which subcontractor for this job? What is the best paint type to buy for a particular application? What is causing that smell in my home? And the list could go on and on. This book will address the topics mentioned above and many others. It will also point out issues that a prospective home owner should be cognizant of when looking for a home. It will provide criteria in evaluating “the experts” or those who will assist the homeowner in purchasing and maintaining a home. Many of the chapters will have tables and numbered tips to capsulize the topics in each chapter for a quick reference. In short, this book was designed to provide a quick, easy to use, and basic information reference source that a homeowner can use efficiently in making decisions.