Purchasing a home can be an exciting experience because you will be moving to a home that has qualities featured you have desired and that you have looked forward to having.
There are, however some things that you will need to be aware of before you sign on the dotted line. It is always a good idea to have the new home-to-be inspected by qualified and licensed building inspectors. This will help cover all the major areas that could have problems.
These areas would include the roof, the heating and air conditioning, the general, overall condition of the home, the appliances, possible mould, and foundation condition. The electrical system should be checked by an electrician. This is an area that a home inspector would not thoroughly inspect, unless he or she was an electrician. The plumbing should be inspected to be certain that there are no leaks. This should be done by a plumber.
If the house has a basement, there needs to a hard look to see if there are any water marks, that would indicate water leaking in through the foundation. Basements will change over time, in their ability to keep water out, and once it starts to come in, it will create a larger and larger entrance way.
The roof will need to be inspected by someone actually going up on top of the roof to check if the shingles are in good shape, and the flashing is doing the job it is supposed to do, especially around the chimney, if there is one.
If there is a fireplace, the interior should be examined to be sure that all of the mortar is intact. The chimney should also be examined for the same thing, as loose mortar will cause a fire eventually.
The windows of the home must be inspected to determine if they are properly caulked, and if there are any leaks in air, which would compromise the overall insulation of the house.
Speaking of insulation, it should meet the standards of the community and the size of house you are buying. It should be adequately covering the attic floor and ceilings so that you don’t lose heat in the winter, and the heat of the summer is kept out.
The major functions of the house all need to be in good working order, for you don’t want to move into the house and have a pipe burst in the basement, thus creating an immediate flood. Or, if the electrical system is older, and not up to date, you could have problems down the road if it will not carry the load of more modern appliances and electrical need.
You certainly don’t want any surprises in the area of taxes and community issues either. Is your local township contemplating a raise in property taxes? Are there zoning ordinances that are being contemplated that could affect you? These are areas that you can have your attorney look into.
You can rely on experts in their various fields for advice in these areas, and the relatively small price you would pay, will be small compared to potential costs if you miss a major factor in your new home that goes bad.