Purchasing a new home is a major financial move. Continue reading to discover four things you should look for before you seal the deal!
Recognize a roof that needs repair. Before you even set foot inside, be sure to check out the condition of the roof. Ask yourself: Does it look relatively new or is it caving in? Are there any shingles missing?
Don’t judge a room by its paint job. When you step inside your future home, focus on the structural things; water damaged ceilings, loose wires, aging appliances, etc. Pay less attention to the paint color and upscale decor. The foundation will be there long after that coat of paint, and you want that to be what lasts!
Check out the plumbing. When you’re looking around a new kitchen, you should get underneath the sink and inspect the pipes. Be sure to check for leaks, water damage, and mold. You should also run the water to get an idea of what the pressure is like!
Look for signs of water damage. If the home has a basement, pay close attention to the carpet, walls and flooring. When touring the home, touch the carpet in the lowest areas of the basement to see if it’s wet…especially if there’s recently been a big rainstorm. Stale and musty smells can indicate that moisture has found its way into the home’s bottom level.