When you buy a property, do a home inspection, even if it’s not an obligation. The home inspection, performed by a licensed home inspector, will reveal if there is any structural or mechanical issue to the house you’re intend to buy. It will give detailed information as to the physical condition of the property, including the roof and basement, the appliances and systems. It also includes an estimate of longevity for the existing components in the house. Septic tanks, propane tanks, pool pumps and heaters and all outside equipment are tested.

The timeframe for the home inspection is usually 10-15 days after the effective date of the contract. If you’re not pleased with the results of the inspection or if the seller doesn’t want to do the repairs that are advised by the home inspector, you can walk away and you will get back your binder deposit.

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Marine LAVAUD

Sales associate

Having worked on 3 continents : Europe, Asia and America, with a marketing and real estate background (diploma of expertise in real estate in France and own brokerage agency near Paris), I want to put the skills I acquired during my previous career to the benefit of people, who are looking to buy and sell in St Augustine area. I love this region, where a part of my family moved there 15 years ago. Fluent in French, certified Leading RE relocation specialist, I know by experience, how stressful it can be, when you're looking to buy or sell a house, especially if you don't know the area. I commit myself to provide to the customers who will contact me, an excellent level of service, honesty, availability and to assist them throughout the whole process of buying and/or selling, making it smooth and enjoyable. My goal is to advise wisely sellers and buyers and create happiness in every transaction I do.

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