Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Warning Signs When Buying a New Home

Written by a contributing writer

When you are looking for a new home, there are lots of different things to consider. You might have quite a specific checklist that you need to stay on top of. Being near certain schools, as well as a nice neighborhood might be near the top of the list. A large garden, driveway or a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms could be on the list too. But you need to make sure that you aren’t just saying yes to any old house. A house is a massive investment. And you want to see a return on that investment, not just end up spending more and more on it. So if you are in the market for a new home, then here are some things to look out for, as they may end up costing you a lot more in the long term.


Roof Problems

If there is a well-maintained roof, then you know you’ll be good for any repairs for quite a number of years. But if it is not a well put together roof, with very poor insulation or low-quality tiles and guttering, then it can lead to many (expensive) problems. So although it isn’t something that you’ll normally see during a viewing, ask the realtor or owner how old the roof is. Ask about drainage and look at the guttering when you are outside. You should also look out for signs of dry rot in and outside of the home, as this can be an indicator or drainage problems or a roof leak. So look for sagging or crumbling, as well as a certain damp smell in the home.

Termite Damage

If a home has termites and has been left untreated, then it can cause a lot of problems for you as a potential buyer. Of course, you can call in some pest control, someone like Terminix, for example. They can help to get rid of the problem. But if the damage the termites has made has gone unchecked for a while, then it can lead to more damage to your home that can’t be rectified without it costing a lot. It can also make you wonder what else the previous owners have ignored and just left. So any signs like this could mean that the house is not for you unless you want to spend a lot to sort it all out.

Plumbing Problems
Water is amazing, and it does give us life. However, it can also cause many problems in a potential new home, especially if there are signs of water damage. So be on the lookout for water damage by checking for stains on the walls that could be an indicator of flooding. Sagging floors can also be a good indicator that there are problems with the water system, as well as any mold or mildew on the walls. They can all indicate that there is some water leaking somewhere in the home. If caught in time it doesn’t necessarily mean it will end up costing a lot to fix. But if left unchecked, it can mean quite a lot of damage to the home. 

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