Don't Ignore these Issues when Buying a Home

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 2:23pm.

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There are so many things to take into consideration when it comes to buying a home. You need to pay attention to certain aspects of the home when viewing it. The size of the home may be important, but you have to ensure there are no real issues before making a purchase. These issues can lead to large expenses that no new homeowner wants to be faced with.

If you go into viewing a home with a checklist of things to look for, you will properly be prepared to know what issues to look for.  This will help you when making a bid on the home, as well as deciding  if repairs are minor or major. Being prepared will prevent surprise expenses occurring once you have purchased a home. Here are some things to check for.

Foundation

Cracks in the foundation can begin as minor issues, but grow into major problems. If they are spotted early on, then they can be treated efficiently. This will detour future damage from occurring. If the foundation issues are ignored, then water damage can occur.

Typical cracks in the foundation are a result of prolonged water pressure on the walls of the basement. It then spirals into other parts of the home, which includes the frame, flooring, ceiling and walls. Have the foundation thoroughly inspected for cracks to avoid major damage in the future.

Floors

Flood damage is not always visible to the eye. There can be issues with flooring that goes unnoticed for years. You will want to do a scan to ensure foundation issues have not caused damage to the flooring in the home.

Check to ensure that flooring is not uneven, sloping or sagging. Look for cracks in tiles, and listen for sounds when walking across the flooring. These factors will help you determine if there are issues with the flooring.

Other things to look for include:

  • Mold and Moisture
  • Leaks
  • Basement Issues

Never waive the home inspection. The price of having the home professionally inspected is worth its weight in gold.

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