What should your most pressing concerns be when looking at new homes? While many people get distracted by paint colors and outdated wallpaper, these minor issues are typically inexpensive and simple to update. Instead, focus primarily on structural issues, which will be much more expensive to remedy. Here, read about three of the most important things to look at when buying a new home.
Are there signs of water damage?
Sagging ceilings, stained or discolored sheet rock, and black mold can all be signs of water damage. Water damage may be the result of poor window seals, roof problems, or burst/broken pipes. Not only will the source of the leak require repair or replacement, but often times sheet rock, flooring, and subflooring will also require replacement. Make sure all signs of water damage are noted on the home inspection report.
Does the roof need to be replaced?
Many homeowners tour the interior of the home, peek out the back door, and put in an offer. However, unless your offer is based on the results of a thorough inspection, you should take great effort to check the integrity of the roof so you know what to expect to invest following purchase of the home. Curling or buckling shingles, leaks, missing shingles and daylight shining through roof boards in the attic are all indicators that you may be replacing the roof soon. Additionally, you may need to replace a roof that is near 20 years old. Ask if the homeowner will consent to a roof repair or replacement estimate from a roof contractor like Rippy's Roofing & Construction before putting in your offer.
Does it need a new subfloor?
Pay special attention to the floors in the home as you tour. Does the floor feel springy or spongy under your feet? Does it creak consistently throughout the home? Can you see a visible drooping or sloping anywhere? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can expect to replace the subfloor soon. Subfloor replacement is typically not a do-it-yourself job and will require professional contractor assistance. A professional estimate will give you an idea of the future cost.
Keep in mind that expensive fixes can sometimes be accommodated if you catch them before you make your offer. You can either request that they are repaired before closing or convince the buyer to accept a lower offer knowing that expensive repairs are required.Share