What to Look for When Viewing a Home
When buying a home it is easy to fall in love with a home's appearance, but it’s important to look deeper into the home before you decide to purchase. A careful inspection of the home during your viewing can help you eliminate the homes with too many defects.
First Impressions Count
The Outside of the House can tell you a lot. Look at the condition of the roof and external walls. External problems like cracks in the walls or foundation may not be covered by house insurance.
On the inside, if the owners don’t bother keeping the house clean and attractive, how well are they doing in fixing problems, like water leaks? Look for water stains or bulges on the walls or ceilings. This could mean there’s a water problem.
Do Things Work?
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate so pay close attention to the details. Check the water pressure and drainage by turning on taps or flushing the toilet. Also check for dirty water. It could be a sign.
It’s also a good idea to make sure all major appliances that come with the home are in working order. Large items like dishwashers, fridges and stoves can be costly to replace.
Most of us don’t plan on replacing all our furniture when we move, so make sure the ones you keep will fit in to the new home. It’s a good idea to bring a measuring tape to make sure your favourite items don’t have to be left behind.
Make sure the home you’re looking at is big enough to accommodate your things. Look at storage spaces like closets, basements and the garage.
Air leaks in a home can account for 30 to 40% of the home's overall heat and cooling loss. Check that doors and windows to make sure there’s no draft coming into the home. Windows and doors should fit snugly and operate smoothly. An easy way to check for potential rotting in the windowsills is to press your finger into the wood. If it's soft, it is rotten.
Floors should be smooth, even, and solid. Soft springy sections, excessive squeaking, and unevenness are all indications that expensive repairs may be needed. If you intend on renovating, check to see if there are floorboards under old carpets and their condition.
Make sure that all the services you need, such as power, water, phone and gas are available and in working order. There should be at least two power circuits and one light circuit.
When you’re close to finding the right home for you, it’s time to hire a certified Home Inspector to perform a Professional Home Inspection. Inspectors can spot problems that the average person would never find and they can usually advise you on how much it will cost to make the repairs. A home inspection can help you determine whether or not you are going to make an offer on a house, and if you decide to go ahead, just how much that offer is going to be.