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Photo: Jeffrey B. Banke (Shutterstock) Not-so-recently built homes are often described by realtors as having “good bones,” meaning a strong structure and high level of quality and craftsmanship at their core. Of course, you can’t see beneath the paint and drywall when house-hunting, so how can you tell if the home you’ve got your eye on has this desirable skeleton? Here’s where to look, and what to look for. The roof One of the most important (and expensive) parts of a house is the roof. In your research, find out what materials were used to construct the roof on your prospective new home ( slate, cement tile, and metal will last significantly longer than wood or asphalt shingles ) and when it was last replaced. Look for visible signs of wear and tear such as sags, rust, leaks, mold, fungi, and any lifting, missing, cracked, or curling shingles . Over time, untended roof problems will trickle down to inside-the-home damage, so it pays to be vigilant, or at the very least to make sure you won’t be surprised by the need for repairs. The foundation The foundation is literally what keeps a house above ground, level, and insulated. A bad foundation will manifest in telltale signs throughout the house. Keep an eye out for sagging floors or ceilings, musty smells, cracks along the floor or walls, a tilting chimney, doors that jam or won’t latch, and windows that either stick or won’t close completely. Also make sure any posts […]