4 Aspects to Examine When Inspecting a Home
When you’re convinced that you’ve found your dream home, it can be hard to look past the picture-perfect listing photos and attend the showing with an objective eye. The home may have it all: brand new countertops, hardwood floors and an open floor plan. But there are certain things that you must be looking for to guarantee that you’re buying a quality home and not walking into a money pit. Here are four key aspects to examine for when inspecting a home:
There are several checks you can do to see if the home’s structure is up to par. Let’s start with the roof. Are there missing shingles or discolored shingles? Check to see if there are any signs of leakage inside the home. This can be a sign that a new roof will be needed in the near future.
Knock on the doors. If the doors are hollow-core, then you will likely have to replace these in the future since they’re of lesser quality and difficult to refurbish.
Test the temperature. When viewing a home, you might not always think to turn on the furnace if it’s during warmer weather. Turn the furnace on to test for any alarming rattling sounds, then see if a room’s temperature significantly changes as you go from one room to the next. This is a sign that the furnace is not distributing heat effectively.
Inspect the doorways. Download a leveler app, like Bubble Level, on your phone and place it atop a door frame. If the door frame is not level, this is a sign that there are foundation issues.
If the home looks untamed and messy, this can be a tell-tale sign that the homeowners have been neglecting the home in general. Look in the nooks and crannies of the home, in closets and under beds, to see if they’ve tried to conceal their messiness. Other areas to check for neglect are the larger appliances. If you see rust and leakage on or around the appliances, then these are indicators of appliance neglect.
A home can look great on a sunny afternoon, but how does it look during other times of the day? These are some questions you can access when inspecting a home:
- Is there a lot of traffic?
- How does the neighborhood look and sound during the morning and evening?
- How are the neighbors? Do they take care of their homes and lawns?
- Are several homes for sale in the neighborhood?
- If so, what’s the reasoning for all the homes being for sale?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself as you are viewing a home. These factors can have an impact on whether or not this home and neighborhood is fit for you and your family.
There are several areas where moisture can affect the home. Check the windows. Is there soft wood or peeling paint around the window sill? This can mean that moisture could be entering the window, which can lead to wood rot and weak windows over time. Musty odors are another indicator of mold or leakage in the home. Then when in the bathroom, check for leaks around the toilet base. The floor surrounding it might be soft if leakage is occurring, which could lead to a more expensive repair down the line.