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Sherlock "Homes"

Solve the case of "The Mystery House" for buyers.

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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Imagine the shock of purchasing a home and, one month later, learning the roof is about to collapse. This happened to one of my associate's clients. The home was a foreclosure, and the client, eager to "steal" the property on what appeared to be favorable terms, signed a series of releases and closed without inspecting the attic. Had he done so, he would have noticed that almost all the timbers in the roof were rotten after years of slow leaks. Now our client has a home of lesser value and perhaps an unpromising legal action. If only he had been more careful.

Pillar to Post Inc., a franchisor of professional home-inspection services, targets home buyers who want to avoid just such situations. Franchisees, armed with a proprietary computer program, review a home and give the home buyer the information he or she needs to make an informed decision.

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