If you’re looking at buying a home, you probably have a lot on your mind. You’re looking at the floor plan and the cost, weighing that in your mind against the location and the nearby schools. You might feel overwhelmed and you might find yourself forgetting to check those small but important details. Here are three things you must not forget to check when you’re considering buying a home.
Before you fall in love with a kitchen or a backyard, look at the house foundation. Are there cracks or signs of water damage? Check inside, especially in the basement, for signs of water infiltration. A pro tip: if there are unfinished areas in the basement, look at any bare wood. Wood doesn’t lie; you’ll be able to see any water damage right away.
Check the last time the roof was replaced, especially in wooded areas with lots of leaves and areas that get a lot of snow. Check in the attic if at all possible to see if there’s damage or signs of animals getting inside. Damage to roofs can be expensive to repair and extremely costly to the rest of the house if it goes unchecked.
There are a lot of small, subtle signs to keep an eye on. Is there mildew on the siding? That can be a sign of trouble with water which can lead to rot and damage. Open doors to see if they bang into each other, especially in a kitchen, where space is at a premium. Details like that can make a world of difference.
Keeping an eagle eye while shopping can pay off in negotiations. Any one of these problems doesn’t necessarily have to be a deal-breaker, but it can be a point where you can work with the seller to bring down the price.