Buying a new home can be one of the most stressful things you ever do. First of all, there is no bigger purchase than a house. Not only are you investing in a place to live and raise your family, but you’re also investing a lot of money into a large purchase. Before you officially sign all those documents and commit to paying a mortgage, the house of your dreams must be inspected for damage in three areas: the foundation, the roof, and the plumbing. That way, you can make an informed decision about purchasing a home.
The first thing that you want to look for during a home inspection is any issues with the foundation. Signs to look for are windows and doors that do not close right, and sloping floors. Most houses settle over time, and it’s normal for most houses to have some small cracks or uneven spots. You can even repair these small issues yourself or hire a pro to do it for you. However, extreme sloping of the floors, large cracks in the basement, or problems that can cause structural weaknesses should all be seen as big red flags.
Before purchasing a home, you will want to check for a number of issues with the roof to make sure that it is in good condition. For one, roofs are very costly to repair. You don’t want to be surprised with the realization that you will have to spend even more money after purchasing a house. A home inspection can find damaged or missing shingles and can assess the roof’s overall condition. This assessment will help you to predict when you might need to invest in a new roof down the road.
Old or damaged plumbing can become a real nightmare. The last thing you want is a pipe to burst in your home. After all, any types of plumbing or water line leaks can lead to a whole host of problems, including hard-to-remove mold, damage to drywall, and even structural problems. An inspector can check the state of the pipes in your home, and can also find the source of any water stains on the walls or ceiling. Also, an inspector can alert you to any other issues you may have to contend with because of past water damage.
If the inspection shows that any of these three areas are in poor condition, then it’s time to consider whether your dream home is really a dream. Often, if the damage isn’t very severe, you can negotiate with the seller to either fix the issues or to lower the asking price so that you will have the money to fix it yourself. If the issues throw your whole budget out of whack, then it may be best for you to walk away and find another home to invest in.
Are you on the hunt for a new place to live? Tunell Realty can help with that. Contact us today to see how we can help you find the perfect home.