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Pre-Purchase Evaluations

If you’re thinking about buying a new home, which may need remodeling, consider a pre-purchase evaluation.  An evaluation can clarify the feasibility of making the purchase and can help you explore:

  • if the style and overall feel of the home suits your needs and the needs of your family,
  • how it can it be re-configured,
  • how your remodel will meet building codes, comply with zoning rules and fit homeowner association guidelines and
  • how various design options can fit within your budget goals

During our pre-purchase evaluations, we discuss a range of remodeling ideas and scenarios, inspect structural conditions and provide ballpark estimates for rooms like the kitchen and baths (whole house remodels require more in-depth evaluations and number crunching).

An important item to highlight is that our evaluations do not substitute for a home inspections. You’ll still need to have a qualified home inspector poke around when you decide purchase.

And, while we’re on the subject of home inspections, I also recommend having a home energy audit prior to purchasing a home. Pepco offers information about energy audits, which can be found here.

If you have any questions about pre-purchase evaluations or would like to schedule one, contact me today at 301-946-2356 or

David Merrick

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