Make sure to take a glance up at the roof of the home when you're going for a viewing.
In the warmer months, signs of greenery like moss can mean that there is a significant build up of moisture in and among the shingles. Plant life growing out of the gutters can mean that they haven't been cleaned in a while, or that there may be a significant block in the drainage system.
If you're there in winter, look for areas of uneven snow, ice damming, and melted patches; these can be key signs that there is either something wrong with the attic insulation or the shingles themselves.
Ask your Realtor® how old the shingles are and check Here for a blog post on the specific things to look out for.
Water Damage in homes can cause long-term issues, keep your eyes peeled for these important areas while looking for homes.
Check for working gutters on the roof and ask about a sump pump for the basement. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the home for any discolouration or efflorescence on the walls, ceilings and floors they could be signs of leaks or other issues.
Is the Hot water tank rented, do they have an on-demand tank, Will there be an immediate investment in your future or does the current tank do the job?
Rental options are great, at low rates; if you ever have a problem you can just call the company and they come and handle any repairs or replacement. If you are planning on staying in the home for a while then purchasing might be a good option.
Do your research on what the home has already, look Here for more info on the different types available.
The windows and doors are the eyes of a house, they will tell you a lot about the construction of a home, the humidity levels and insulation within and the type of maintenance the previous owners kept up.
Condensation or loud street noise could be a hint that they weren't installed properly. Do a check around windows for signs of moisture, cracking on drywall or if you can feel cool air coming in around them.
Look Herefor more information on what to look out for with windows and doors.
If the home you're looking at has a basement or not, you still need to have a good look at the foundation. Any signs of cracks or separation could mean something much more severe for the overall structural integrity of a home.
Take a look inside and out for any signs, and while you're in the basement have a good sniff around for dampness. Just because there may not be any visible cracks there may be an issue with the vapour barrier.
Check these links for a more in-depth explanation of what to look for:
Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will make in your life.
Using a Realtor® will help you put your best foot forward, but you and you alone will have to deal with the home that you’ve purchased.
It is up to you to make do, with all the quirks and details that come with your new property. In order to make the best possible choice, you want to make sure that you know as much as possible about a home before you buy.
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