You may not have a deerstalker hat or magnifying glass, but thinking like your favorite fictional detective can give you a edge when looking for your dream home. Sherlock Holmes for example, would likely advise you to draw conclusions based on what you see. Cracks in the wall could point to foundation problems. Loose caulking around the windows might indicate rot. Sqeaky uneven floors may be harbingers of expensive repairs. It's elementary as Holmes might say.
Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot on the other hand, would recommend you put your brain cells to work. As a savvy homenuyer, you would quickly figure out the fact that out-dated poor quality cabinets, old style wiring, and plumbimg problems will mean an expensive renovation, thanks to you own brain cells.
J.D. Robb's mid-21st century detective, Eve Dallas, might use high-tech gizmos to decide if the house would fit your family's lifestyle. But really all you need is a tape measure to check room sizes and storage. And don't forget the garage. Will the cars, workshop and sports gear all fit?
In the guise of Ruth Randall's moody detective Adam Dalgliesh, you could stroll around the outside of the house with an eye to water pooled around the foundation (implying poor drainage) or crumbling bricks that will soon need repairing.
And while you are there, you may want to think like Christie's Miss Marple and make inquiries about the neighbours and the neighborhood. With her legendary understanding of the dark side of human nature, you may find that all is not as it seems.
Finally, if your inner detective decides that the house is for you, well it is not over yet.It is now time to call in the expert. The Home Inspector is your final solution. Even Holmes and Poirot would understand that.
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