VIEW OPEN HOUSES WITH OPEN EYES

You have decided to take that first steo toward purchasing a home and with excitement, start visiting some open houses.  While aesthetics are important, it's crucial to look beyond the window-dressings yourself before you hire a qualified home inspector.

Here are some common problem areas to look for while touring an open house.

GENERAL UPKEEP - look for cracks, especially above door frames.  This may indicate that the foundation is shifting which is a much larger issue that a quick patch-up

WATER LEAKS - Check the ceilings for brown stains and paint bubbling.  This may indicate water infiltration that can be costly to fix.

DOES EVERYTHING WORK? the seller may including appliances but check to make sure they are in good working order.  This goes for the heating and air-conditioning system as well.

FLOORS- Observe if the floors are straight or if they are dipping in the corners.  Be sure that laminate floors are not lifting.  Depending on the floor type, it could be either and easy or expensive fix.

DOORS & WINDOWS - In winter, check fo drafts and frosted window panes. This might indicate that the windows are not installed or insulated properly and will impact heating expenses.

POOR DRAINAGE - make sure to ask about the age of rain gutters and check to see that they empty far away from the house to prevent water leaking into the basements.

GROUT & CAULKING - check for deterioration and discolouration - that may indicate mould.

DOES IT MEET YOUR SIZE NEEDS?  The home may be beautiful and in good condition, but remember t obe aware of cupboard and storage space.

With these tips in mind, you can visit an open house with open eyes and make informed decisions as to whether or not to go ahead with an offer.

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