There are basic questions you should ask about any house before you decide to buy it. Don't wait for the home inspection to reveal inherent problems that you can easily find out beforehand just by probing a little bit.
One thing you can do by yourself is to look up the home on Google maps using the "satellite" function. That will tell you what types of properties are in the immediate vicinity and whether there's a garbage dump just down the road, hidden behind a building . . . read more about home buying questions.
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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.