Better Safe Than Sorry: Get A Home Inspection Before You List Your Property

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Better Safe Than Sorry: Get A Home Inspection Before You List Your Property

Before purchasing a home, a buyer schedules a home assessment to verify the condition of the property. Every situation is unique, but in many cases, it’s also a good idea for a seller to get a home evaluation prior to listing a property for sale. In this way, the seller can make certain that no issues are present, inside or out that will invalidate the sale.

Surprises can be as damaging to the sellers of a property as it can to the buyers. A home inspection report that reveals the need for serious repairs can alert the seller of conditions that can delay a sale. You want to know right away if there are any defects you have missed. If there is a serious problem, you will need to fix it immediately in order to expedite the sale and ensure maximum value for the property.

Attend the inspection and read the report. A professional home inspector will sometimes observe conditions that others do not notice, such as:

  • Termites
  • Defects in the plumbing or drainage system
  • A heater that needs to be replaced
  • Poorly functioning or unsafe chimneys
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Defects in doors, ceilings and floors

An assessment will help the seller determine what repairs need to be done before listing the property for sale.

A home inspection usually takes several hours and it costs around $200-$400.

The inspector will inspect the interior of the home, as well as the basement, the garage, and the outside area. They will give comments right away and will also issue a written report that you will receive in the mail or in somce cases, by email. Read the report carefully.

To prevent the need for repeat inspections, check and re-check the home, both inside and out. If repairs are necessary, hire professionals to do the job. Do not try to do it yourself. If you make repairs incorrectly, defects may emerge during the re-inspection, and this can mean more repairs and another assessment. all in all, it’s best to spend the money to hire professional technnicians.

If you have the property evaluated before putting it on the market, you will encounter fewer surprises and you have more time to complete any necessary repairs. You won’t have to be in a hurry and look around for a good price.

Remember, when the seller gets an assessment and finds defects, he or she has more time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track. Traditionally, home inspections are performed at the buyer’s request, but the seller also has a lot to lose if things go wrong. A reliable assessment of the property’s condition is a lot of help when the property is put on the market.

Knowing beforehand, what issues may be raised, will help you deal with problems with dispatch and prevent delays in the sale. It can spell disaster for the seller if things go wrong, especially when the seller has bought another home dependent on the sale of the existing property. The new purchase may fall through completely if the funds from the sale do not materialize.

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Atlanta Homes for Sale

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,053 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
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  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,189 sq ft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,246 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,912 sq ft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,039 sq ft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  6. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,716 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  7. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,593 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  8. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,163 sq ft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,075 sq ft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,958 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  11. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 748 sq ft
    Year built: 1915
    Square foot source: Mgmt Company
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  12. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,196 sq ft
    Year built: 1954
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,047 sq ft
    Year built: 1954
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  14. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,850 sq ft
    Year built: 1924
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Builder
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 1,958 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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Sandy Springs Homes for Sale

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,083 sq ft
    Year built: 1991
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  2. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,199 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,319 sq ft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,126 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,240 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  6. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,492 sq ft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  7. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,338 sq ft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  8. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,375 sq ft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  9. 7 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,173 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  10. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,800 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Builder
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  11. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,938 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  12. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,304 sq ft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,110 sq ft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  14. 2 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 1,801 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Developer
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  15. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,032 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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Marietta Homes for Sale

  1. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,925 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,844 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,129 sq ft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,416 sq ft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  5. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,514 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  6. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,384 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,740 sq ft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  8. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  9. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,862 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,834 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  11. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,012 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  12. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,478 sq ft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,095 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  14. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,201 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  15. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,159 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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Alpharetta Homes for Sale

  1. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,936 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
    Square foot source: Developer
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  2. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,051 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  3. 4 beds, 4 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 4,849 sq ft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  4. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,722 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  6. 5 beds, 5 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 4,494 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  7. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,522 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,222 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,418 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  11. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,674 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  12. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,939 sq ft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  13. 6 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,526 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  14. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,422 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  15. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,006 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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Roswell Homes for Sale

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
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  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  5. 4 beds, 4 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 8,743 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 4
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  6. 6 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,082 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  7. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,249 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  9. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  12. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Year built: 1987
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,835 sq ft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  14. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,689 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Developer
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,013 sq ft
    Year built: 1983
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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Lawrenceville Homes for Sale

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,972 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  2. 5 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,700 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,990 sq ft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  5. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,884 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  6. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,075 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  7. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,032 sq ft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,304 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,880 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  10. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  11. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 4,460 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraisal
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  12. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,823 sq ft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  13. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,728 sq ft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,136 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,290 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Tax Record
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