What Should a Buyer Look For When Buying a New Home?
Does the roof look relatively new or is it caving in? If the roof is eye-catching—in a bad way—it could cost you. A newer roof, on the other hand, could mean a lower homeowners insurance rate. Likewise, a roof made of an especially sturdy material is better equipped to defend against wind and hail (and can save you from a potential claim).
Aside from the basics, like quality windows and countertops, think about the purpose of your home and the requirements for your lifestyle, like storage for a large book collection or a big backyard for barbecuing. It can also be smart to spring for a home with an extra bedroom if you’re planning on kids or guests.
When you are poking around a new kitchen, do not stop at eye level — get underneath the sink and examine those pipes. Check for leaks, water damage, and mold. Not only is mold unsightly and foul-smelling, but it can also cause health problems. If you live with a baby, an elderly person, or someone with asthma, you’ll want to be especially careful before moving in with mold.
Do not just look at the building — examine the area around it. Is the house in an area prone to flooding or wildfires? Is the driveway shared with another property? If there are fences, have they been built and positioned properly? It’s a lot to take in, but when you buy a house, you can’t ignore its surroundings.
In addition to turning on every faucet and light switch, opening every window and door, flushing the toilets, even tasting the water, you will also want to enlist a professional to ensure the foundation is solid and the wiring is up to code. They can look at insulation, and check for lead paint and wood-eating pests. Not only will that help you negotiate a lower price, but it can also prepare you for any necessary repair costs that may arise. Once you have found your dream abode, make sure you have the right homeowner’s coverage to keep it protected.
eXp Realty—The Results Team—is ready to help you buy or sell your home! Stop on by our location at 2623 N. Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404. Or call us at: (812)822-2746.