Are you tired of the rented home you're in now? Have you been considering purchasing a home of your very own but have been left feeling confused when it comes to figuring out how to pick the best home for you? Buying a home doesn't have to be complicated but it does take some thought. In order to make sure that you're choosing the right home for you and your family, there are a few things you should look for or keep in mind. Some of the most important of these include:
Termite & ant report
If you live in an area where termites are common, asking for a termite inspection report when looking at any homes for sale is an essential part of the buying process. If termites are uncommon, it's a good idea to err on the side of caution and ensure that the house isn't the unfortunate "winner" of the termite lottery. Even if you live outside the range of termites, carpenter ants are found throughout the US and can be just as destructive as termites. The only exception to needing to see a termite and/or carpenter ant inspection report is if the home was recently built in the last year or two.
Unless you're looking at newly built homes for sale, you should always have a professional electrician check over the house's wiring to ensure that isn't unsafe. An older home may have knob-and-tube wiring, aluminum wiring, or simply poorly-done DIY electrical repairs from the previous homeowner. If you're not planning to remodel the entire home before you move in, wiring issues like these could spark a dangerous electrical fire with little to no warning beforehand. These kinds of issues can be found in any type of older home, no matter the price range, so it's essential to have everything checked out even if the house looks nice.
Sewer line check
Unlike the faucets where you can turn on the water and notice some problems almost immediately, the sewer or septic line lurks invisibly underneath all homes for sale. Because it's out of sight, many people give little thought to putting things down the drain that should not be put down the drain. For instance, people may flush paper towels and kitty litter, but these things can get stuck in the sewer line and create a clog that is expensive to remove. Before you make an offer on a previously-owned house, make sure to get a plumber to do a full camera inspection of the sewer/septic line to prevent any terrible surprises.
Follow these tips as you look at homes for sale, and you'll find somewhere you'll be happy to call your own.Share