This is also a typical step in the homebuying process. Your Realor should be able to guide you in the entire process. People bring their families and friends to get their opinion before they purchase so why not bring in a remodeler and a second opinion so you have different bids. You also want to make sure that the owners aren't present when he is there so he can be very honest with you about what is wrong and he won't have to worry about hurting the owners feeling.
The M-Streets is a wonderful area to invest in. I have a few contacts of some very good contractors if you need a referral
Good luck to you .
It is certainly OK for you to do this, and many sellers will allow this. There will be some sellers who will decline to allow you to bring a contractor, unless you have made an offer. These sellers will be in the minority, but be aware that the owner of this property might take that position. There will be some sellers who want to know you are qualified and serious before allowing contractors into their home on your behalf.
If you make an offer, you can write in contingencies that allow you to obtain complete estimates within your limits before finalizing your contracts.
Your approach is prudent and reasonable. Most sellers will comply with your request.
If you feel more comfortable bringing in a remodeller, architect, engineer or whomever, you can just schedule another look at the home and bring those people with you. The people want to sell their home and will accommodate you to do your due diligence in order to feel comfortable to buy it. :)
Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
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So,our recommenation is to preview homes to collect ideas. Going to weekend open houses may help you open your eyes to the direction you wish to go. "Seeing is believing."
The "Eckler Team"