Whether you’re in the market for your first home — congratulations, by the way! — or looking to purchase your second or third home, there are things you need to know. In addition to knowing your credit score, anticipating the cost of utilities, understanding the lending process and so much more, you need to know what to look for in any house you’re seriously considering purchasing.
What do we mean by this? We are not referring to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the colors of the walls and types of window coverings, or whether the basement is finished or not. While those are important, of course, inspecting the house’s structure and major systems are the subject of the attached infographic, aptly titled 11 New Home Warning Signs: What to Check Before You Buy.
A home’s systems and structural components are the backbone of the house. If these don’t work properly and safely, then the number of rooms and color of the walls simply do not matter — you will be spending a lot of time and money on repairs. You want to enjoy your new home rather than regret its purchase.
The infographic lists items that should be examined by you as well as a professional. Why do you need a professional? You can evaluate some things without expert knowledge of how things work, such as electrical outlets, light switches, appliances and toilets. But how do you know if the roof, foundation and furnace are in good shape, especially in an older home? Only a professional inspector can examine those properly and determine their current condition.
It’s a fact that sellers expect buyers to have a professional home inspection conducted before signing on the dotted line. And some proactive sellers even hire an inspector to learn what needs fixing before putting the property on the market. An inspection is that important!
Let’s say your home inspector finds some red flags but isn’t sure they indicate a major problem. The inspector will probably suggest that you call in a specialty inspector or residential structural engineer to determine the exact nature of the problem. For example, if the inspector finds that windows stick or are out of alignment, does this indicate a window issue or a much more serious foundation problem?
Think this is getting pricey? Believe us, overlooking structural issues will cost you significantly more in the long run! In the end, you’ll be glad that you had your home inspected so thoroughly. A home is the most expensive purchase most of us will ever make, and isn’t your peace of mind worth a little upfront investment?
Keep reading to learn which areas are most important to inspect, and what to look for.
Infographic Created By Foundation Doctor, Trusted Foundation Repair Company Gastonia NC