Things to Look for When Buying a Home

You’ve done it, after years of saving you are finally ready to look for a house. Becoming a homeowner is a massive rite of passage for many Americans. The problem is that no one really teaches you what you should look for when buying a house. Sure, you want a big kitchen, but can you recognize structural problems or even know that should be on your checklist? You will now, because we are about to walk through things you should look for when buying a home.

FOUNDATION/STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS

Nothing transforms a new home into a money pit, and potentially an actual pit, quite like foundation problems. Thankfully, these issues can be relatively simple to spot. One of the easiest ways to find structural problems is through looking. If the house you are looking at has an unfinished basement you can see the cracks in the foundation. As if you needed another reason to want a basement. If you the places you look at don’t have a basement look at the door. I guess door-frame is probably more appropriate. If the frame is lop-sided or the door is difficult to open or close, a shifting foundation is a likely solution.

INCONSISTENT FRESH PAINT

Now you don’t need to be throwing a fit when a room has been freshly repainted, sellers often touch up the house. After all, paint is cheap and increases resale value. What you should be suspicious of is single wall painting, or a freshly painted ceiling. There are very few legitimate reasons to paint a single wall. Few interior designers would recommend painting just one wall in a room. The most likely reason is that they are trying to hide something. Maybe there is some rot, maybe there is water damage. Whatever the case may be, you see a freshly painted wall, you should walk.

STORAGE SPACE

No, I am not talking about places to keep seasonal goods like Christmas decorations – a self-storage solution is a better option anyway. What I mean here is places for household goods: pantry space, closet space, cabinet space. These are your bread and butter when it comes to daily storage. While it sounds obvious, you will want to be sure that there is a space for your daily needs. If you are going to be putting down some serious money for the house, you don’t want to have to add closets to your house. Check to make sure that they are ready to go.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

You know how you should always turn lights off and on when touring houses, but aren’t sure what to look for? Well simply put, flickering or slow to turn on lights. If this is the case, it could very well signal an older electrical system; the system could be so old as to still have knob and tube wiring which will cause lasting problems. When checking the home inspection findings, look for issues with the electrical raiser cable.

Do you have any other tips for looking at a new house? Maybe you know some tell tale signs of a faulty water heater. Leave a comment, let us know what you know! Your friends at Hide-Away Storage.

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