Top To Bottom: Things To Look At When Viewing A House To Buy

Posted on: 29 August 2017

When you are in the market to buy a home for yourself, you are going to want to be cautious when you are viewing the homes in the area you want to buy in. Too many people make the mistake of getting wrapped up in the excitement of buying a new home and miss out on some of the important things that they should be looking for before putting an offer in on a house. To help make sure that you are not going to end up with buyers remorse, you will want to be sure that you are looking for the following things.

The Age Of The Roof

Even though you will most likely have the home inspected, all you might learn about the roof is whether it is currently in good condition. While this is important to know, you also need to know the age of the roof. After all, if it is rather old, even though it might be in good shape right now, that might not be the case in a year. Would you be prepared to replace the roof so quickly, especially if you have to hire a roofing company to do it for you? If not, it might be a good idea to focus on buying a house with a newer roof, or at least one that has a roof with some life left in it.

The Basement Walls

The basement might technically pass the inspection and you might not see any water on the floor of the basement when you the home, but that doesn't mean you are out of the woods just yet. After all, if you are viewing the home during a dry spell, you re not likely to see any water in the basement even if there is a leak in the walls. Therefore, you will need to look for other signs of a leaky basement. If you smell mildew in the basement or you spot some efflorescence on the walls, then there is a moisture problem. Any cracks in the basement walls or any section that appears to be buckling is another sign of a major leak in the basement. 

Along with checking out the condition of the roof and the basement, you will want to look over the windows, doors, floors, and anything else you set your eyes on. The closer you examine the house before buying the home, the easier it will be to decide whether it is the best house for you.

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