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. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 543 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
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  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,281 sq ft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Owner
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  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,876 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,656 sq ft
    Year built: 1945
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  5. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 779 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  6. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,376 sq ft
    Year built: 1909
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,423 sq ft
    Year built: 1925
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  8. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 505 sq ft
    Year built: 1967
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  9. 5 beds, 4 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 9,514 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  10. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,818 sq ft
    Year built: 1983
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  11. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 980 sq ft
    Year built: 1930
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  12. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  13. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,084 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  14. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,763 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  15. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,250 sq ft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 3
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Sandy Springs Homes for Sale

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,139 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,114 sq ft
    Year built: 1955
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  3. 6 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 6,150 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Square foot source: Builder
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  4. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,437 sq ft
    Year built: 1953
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Owner
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  5. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,552 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,050 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 1
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  7. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,621 sq ft
    Year built: 1939
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  8. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,164 sq ft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  9. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,568 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  10. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,499 sq ft
    Year built: 1962
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  11. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,024 sq ft
    Year built: 1963
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  12. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,120 sq ft
    Year built: 1968
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  13. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,321 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Owner
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  14. 5 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Not Available
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  15. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,921 sq ft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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Marietta Homes for Sale

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,408 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,572 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 2
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  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,144 sq ft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,211 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
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  5. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,127 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
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  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,441 sq ft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 1
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  7. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,080 sq ft
    Year built: 1962
    Parking spots: 1
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  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,094 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  9. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Square foot source: Mgmt Company
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  10. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,176 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  11. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,600 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Builder
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  12. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,957 sq ft
    Year built: 1968
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  13. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,182 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
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  14. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,600 sq ft
    Year built: 1902
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  15. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,704 sq ft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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Alpharetta Homes for Sale

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,792 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,723 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  3. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,749 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  4. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,346 sq ft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  5. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,384 sq ft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  6. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,844 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  7. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,916 sq ft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,876 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  9. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,208 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  10. 6 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,460 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  11. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,066 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  12. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,552 sq ft
    Year built: 1970
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  13. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,876 sq ft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  14. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,708 sq ft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  15. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,389 sq ft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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Roswell Homes for Sale

  1. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,124 sq ft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  2. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,540 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Appraiser
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  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,704 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,245 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  5. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,431 sq ft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,717 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  7. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,934 sq ft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  8. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,317 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,642 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,054 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  11. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,000 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  12. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,690 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  13. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,381 sq ft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
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  14. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,008 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  15. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,350 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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Lawrenceville Homes for Sale

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,874 sq ft
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  2. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,924 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,150 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,923 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,923 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: 2,476 sq ft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,874 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
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  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,884 sq ft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Builder
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  9. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,852 sq ft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,372 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  11. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,490 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  12. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,768 sq ft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Owner
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  13. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,106 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,631 sq ft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,812 sq ft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Square foot source: Public Records
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