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What should you look for when buying a home in South Carolina?

There are several questions you should be asking yourself before you purchase a new home. You always need to have a home inspector come to check the property, but this checklist can help you sort out some issues on your own. For instance, you need to look at the home to determine structural issues. Is the house in good shape inside or is there damage to the interior walls? Is the flooring made of good materials, and are the doors and windows working properly to keep the heat in and the cold out or vice versa?

You also need to look for interior environmental hazards. Tests should be done for asbestos, radon and other radioactive gases. Radon can cause lung cancer. Carbon monoxide is another gas you want to be on the lookout for. It is invisible and odorless, but you need to be sure it isn't leaking into the home. It can be damaging to you, causing illness, or it can even kill you.

Have the paint tested for lead content. Lead-based paint can hurt or kill small children or pets. Mental retardation and brain damage can occur from being around the paint dust and inhaling it. It damages the body's central nervous system, so it's best to stay away from properties where lead could be a problem.

You always need to look over the plumbing and electrical systems in the home as well when you're a buyer. Look at your outside lot and the landscaping, too. If there are any questions about property lines or damage, you may need to look into legal options to sort out the issues.

Source: FindLaw, "Evaluating A Home Checklist" Oct. 02, 2014

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