Discovering that a home you like has “issues”

Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls

are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering

making an offer.

Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your

feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat

was there to, literally, cover up that defect.

A few broken tiles are not a big deal. But now you’re thinking, “What else

might be wrong with this house?”

There’s no reason to worry that every home will have maintenance issues

hidden from view. However, it’s smart to do your due diligence to ensure the

home you’re considering is truly as good as it looks.

One way is to have a professional home inspector check out the property as

a condition of your purchase offer. He or she will inspect the home from top

to bottom, inside and out, and point out any issues you should address.

It’s also smart to ask questions. Find out the age of certain features, such as

the roof, furnace, and appliances. Ask about any recent renovations, and

determine whether they were done by a professional or by the homeowner.

Most importantly, work with a good REALTOR® who can provide you with

information on the property that you would have difficulty getting on your

own. Your REALTOR® has a stake in making sure you buy a home with

your eyes wide open — knowing all the potential maintenance issues you’re

likely to encounter.

Want to talk to a good REALTOR®? Call today.

Tinna Bonner

Tinna Bonner

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Trident Realty Ltd.
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