If you're getting ready to buy a house, you're probably feeling excited and overwhelmed. You need to choose a home that's right for your family, so you don't want to overlook anything that's important while you're looking at homes for sale. However, you shouldn't allow the small details to overshadow the fun of the home buying process. To make the process easier, check out these tips so you don't forget to check something important.
Inspect the Roof
It's common for people to focus on things that are right in front of them when they are looking at houses, such as the home's interior features and the size of the yard. But, don't forget to look up. Roof repairs can be a major expense, so you need to find out as much as you can about the roof of a house before you buy it. Before you make an offer on a house:
- Find out the age of the roof.
- Look at the roof to see if there are any missing or cracked shingles.
- Walk around the house inspecting the gutters and downspouts for any sagging or crumbling.
When you find the house you want to purchase, you should have a professional roof inspection completed before the deal is final. This way, you know that the roof is in good shape.
Check the Plumbing
While the plumbing isn't typically a feature that's visible, there are several ways you can check for possible plumbing issues. Things, such as, sagging floors, water stains, and mildew can all be indicators that the house has plumbing problems, so inspect the floor and walls carefully -- especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Also, you need to make sure the shower, bathtub, and sinks all drain properly and have good water pressure. To see if the toilets are in working order, flush each one. Make sure it flushes properly and listen to make sure it shuts off completely after flushing. Lastly, make sure you talk discuss the condition, age, and location of the hot water heater with your realtor.
Pay Attention to Smells
The way a house smells can tell you a lot. Even houses that look like they are in great shape can have problems, and while you might not always see a problem, you may be able to smell one. A faint sewage or dirt smell inside a home could indicate that the house's sewage system is clogged, which is a huge problem. You should also be leery of houses that smell like mildew, because there could be a problem with mold growth. Additionally, pay attention to odors that are difficult to remove, such as pet odors of cigarette smoke.
Buying a house is an exciting experience, but you don't want to overlook something that could cost you a lot of money to repair in the future. So, when you're looking at properties, look warning signs indicating there could be problems with the house and get as much information from the realtor as possible before making an offer.