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AETNA OFFERS FREE INSPECTION GUIDE FOR HOME BUYERS, 'BEFORE A HOUSE BECOMES A HOME'

 AETNA OFFERS FREE INSPECTION GUIDE FOR HOME BUYERS,
 'BEFORE A HOUSE BECOMES A HOME'
 HARTFORD, Conn., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- This is the time of year when many people are looking for new homes. Safety and soundness should be a home buyer's major concern, especially with an older home. But many people don't know what to look for when inspecting a home or when they might need professional assistance. Aetna Life & Casualty has published a free guide, "Before a House Becomes a Home," to help with this process.
 A thorough inspection may uncover some problems that are major and may require consultation with a professional, while others can be taken care of by a person who is handy with tools. Here are some tips from the brochure:
 First, stop outside. Don't be fooled by a fresh coat of paint or a blossoming dogwood. Check the house's exterior for wood rot, and the condition of masonry, trees, shrubbery and landscaping. Check for missing shingles on the roof, since this may indicate deterioration of the roof covering.
 Next stop is the basement. If there are items stored above ground on flats, or if the basement is empty, it may have a history of flooding. Check walls and the floor for water marks.
 If the house has a fuse box, the electrical system probably needs updating to circuit breakers. As you walk through the house, check for two-slotted receptacles or a mixture of two- and three-slotted receptacles. You may need a licensed electrician to check the system.
 Call the company that has been servicing the heating system to find out how reliable and efficient it is. Check water pipes for a mixture of different kinds of pipes, which can result in a chemical breakdown at connecting joints.
 Next check the kitchen, the bathroom, and other places with water faucets. Turn the faucets on and off to test temperature change response, water pressure, and clearness of the water. Rusty water could indicate extensive pipe rust.
 In the bathroom, a leak from a cracked seal between the floor and the toilet could indicate the wood floor underneath may be warped and rotting. Check the tiling and grouting in the shower. If it's loose or cracked, the wall behind could be warped or rotten.
 Ceilings and walls should be checked for cracks and water stains possibly caused by plumbing problems. They may indicate costly problems requiring professional help.
 A check of the home's energy efficiency should be another item on your inspection list. For fuel conservation, check for storm windows. It's also important that the attic be properly ventilated and insulated.
 For a free copy of the brochure, write to: "Before a House Becomes a Home," Aetna Resources, RWAC, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn., 06156.
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 /CONTACT: Mary DiLeo of Aetna, 203-273-7973/ CO: Aetna Life & Casualty ST: Connecticut IN: FIN SU:


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