Congratulations! You’re almost a homeowner. But wait a minute! Read this blog before you sign those papers.
Buying a house is a huge decision and an investment that you’re making for your future. You have to consider various factors before you decide to buy a house!
If you’re a first-time home buyer looking for your dream home, you can find the process daunting. So, when you find a property you have your eye on, you’re ready to strike a deal before anyone else does. But no matter how rushed the market may be, be sure you don’t get into a fixer you end up regretting.
Think of house shopping as a first date, and check these things before you commit!
The Location and The Neighborhood
The location is the most important part of a home. It adds to your home’s value and, if the surroundings are good, can even add to your. Make sure the location of your home is away from things like traffic, pollution, and noise.
Have you checked if your workplace is nearby? And if you have children, is there a school that’s nearby? Having a school nearer to you can make the commute easier for you and your kids. You also have to check if the location is near businesses and services you’d frequent.
The Size of Your House
Though it seems pretty simple, have you checked if the size of the house will accommodate you perfectly? No matter how beautiful a house is, you have to see if it’ll be according to your needs. For example, if you have a bigger family and need a home with lots of bedrooms, something smaller won’t cut it!
And no matter how tempting it is, never buy a space bigger than you need! You might be arching an eyebrow, confused. But, hear us out! A bigger house just means that there’s going to be more space you need to maintain. And that means you’ll have to pay more utility bills!
The State of The Appliances
Appliances are the most expensive component of the property and should be given proper attention to. If the appliances are more than ten years old, they need to be replaced. Just because the appliances look new doesn’t mean they’re working perfectly. It could be that the homeowner bought these appliances to interest buyers. Make sure that all appliances and fixtures from the washer to the fridge are working in optimum condition.
You also need to ensure that the appliances you’re looking at will stay in the home when you buy them to ensure that the seller isn’t being sneaky.
The Windows and The Doors
Many people overlook windows and doors, and this ends up becoming a regret! Your windows dictate how much sunlight you’ll get and how hot your home will be. The placement also dictates if you’ll get sunlight in the morning or the afternoon. If you’re shopping in winter, keep summer in mind while you do.
Similarly, if you’re shopping in the summer, keep winter in mind by opening and closing the doors. This will help you check if there are drafty windows and doors. By the time it’s winter, you won’t be able to do anything about it!
State of The Electrical Panel
Though your home inspector will conduct a review, they may not cover everything. Check for any potential safety hazards and if the electrical panel is neat and organized. These go hand in hand as messy, disconnected wires can be a potential safety hazard.
Are the Outlets Working?
Another thing people gloss over despite it being super important! Before you buy a home, check if all the outlets are working and in good condition.
How’s the Bathroom?
Always check the bathrooms to make sure all fixtures are working properly. You need to test if the showers, sinks, toilets, and baths are in optimum condition. Though replacing a faucet might not be a big deal, but you’d want a functional toilet and a shower that doesn’t drip when you move in.
Check for Any Health Concerns
Though a home inspector will look for things, you need to check yourself too. Look out for any rot, pest issues in the home, see if there’s any roof damage, any mold over the exterior of the home, the wiring, etc. They might seem small but these damages end up in bigger damages like how damp basements and faucets that drip cause mold. And mold canlike allergies, immune suppression, asthma, etc.
Check the Insulation
Always check if the home has. Not only does proper insulation keeps your home warm in winters and cooler in summers, but it also helps lower your utility bills significantly.
Is There Any Potential Leakage?
You have to check the specific areas of the property that can have water infiltration and leaks. Take a closer look at the drains in the outdoor patios, gutters of the roof, etc., to see if they’re in good shape. Proper drainage can ensure your home’s structural integrity will remain unscathed.
Check the Basement Walls
Though it’s one of the most common problem areas of a property, most people tend to ignore it. You have to check the basement wall for mold, mildew, or anything else. Though it’s harder to check and you won’t be able to guess unless you’re visiting the house after a rainstorm. But, don’t fret! One easy sign to tell if there are any problems with the basement walls is to check if it smells musty or damp. Also, check for rusty metal, crumbling grout, moisture on foundation walls, etc.
You can also find pest problems in the basement. So, it’s best to give the basement a thorough evaluation.
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