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House-Choosing Checklist

by Diane Benson Harrington

Delve beyond the obvious. “Buyers tend to be romanced by pretty and clean, but you’re not buying pretty and clean,” says Alison Rogers, real estate agent at DG Neary Realty in New York City and author of Diary of a Real Estate Rookie. If you’ll need more phone and cable jacks or updated wiring for your home office, know that they can add hundreds of dollars to your move-in costs. “If you buy a house that’s very pretty but has entirely old windows, you may have to replace 30 windows at $200 a window or more,” Rogers adds.

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from BobVila.com, April 2008

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