How to avoid buying a money pit

According to a Boston-area contractor, homebuyers who focus on superficial design features often miss critical warning signs that a house may be a money pit. A home's foundation plays a key role in keeping the structure sound. But the house you love may be a gem on the outside but a lemon on the inside. Buying or selling a home can be full of challenges. So how can you avoid a money pit? We asked contractors throughout the U.S. to put themselves in the buyer's shoes. Here are 5 tips for ensuring your new home won't require ridiculous repairs.

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