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House help.

This is the post I've been meaning to write all week, but have repeatedly gotten sidetracked from.

As probably everybody knows, I'm buying a house. I'm currently somewhere in between inspection and closing.

I've talked briefly with n0thingman, lilostitch, telephasic and momacress (along with probably several others), but I wanted to ask the questions here, all at once, for everyone to see:

What are the things you wish someone had told YOU beforehand?

What are the hidden expenses that will catch me unawares?

telephasic was mentioning URA loans and grants to me -- anyone have any experience with that?

How would you recommend handling finding a mortgage?

And, well, any other questions that I haven't mentioned.

Also, Pittsburgh homeowner people: Anything Pittsburgh-specific I should know about?

C'mon people: educate me!

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lli
May. 17th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
The most annoying discovery
I wish I'd looked under the damn dropped ceilings in every room during my inspection. I knew I was going to get rid of them: it didn't occur to me that they would reveal enormous holes, evidence of old water damage, and scary home wiring jobs.



hopita
May. 17th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: The most annoying discovery
Crap. Now I really wish I'd asked this question *before* my inspection, because this house is dropped ceilings galore.

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