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Are there certain areas of concern that I should look out for?

Look closely at the age of major home systems while shopping. Homes that have been built, or had their major systems replaced, in the past 15 years have a better chance of passing through the inspection process. The older the system, the more likely that it will require a costly repair or replacement in the near future.

Furnace/Heat Source - Target 1-14 years of age - Furnaces and other heat sources typically have an industry lifespan of 14-18 years. So the newer, the better!

Air conditioning - Target 1-14 years of age - AC units typically have an industry lifespan of 15-20 years

Water Heater - Target 1-8 years of age - Water Heaters typically have an industry lifespan of 8-12 years

Roof appearance -- average-good condition, with no deformities or patches. Roofs are expensive to replace and active roof problems can trigger other repair needs.