4 Things to Check When Buying a Home

Viewing A Property: Checklist - HomeOwners Alliance

If you are looking to move into your first home, congratulations. This is a big accomplishment and something you should celebrate. However, before signing the paperwork be sure to check a couple of things.

Foundation

The most important thing in a house is the foundation. Prior to purchasing a house, ensure the foundation is checked for any cracks, leaks, or other problems. Foundation repair can cost a lot and sometimes can’t be fixed. For that reason, you want to ensure that you know what you are getting into prior to signing.

Property Lines

Another common issue, particularly with older properties, are the property lines. Knowing exactly where your property is will help to resolve any future disputes or issues with your neighbors. Having someone come out to mark exactly where your property is prior to purchasing the home is something that will benefit you in the long run.

Roof

Like the foundation, the roof is a very important part of the house. It can also be very expensive to fix. Making sure you have a solid, leak proof roof before buying a home is important. If your roof leaks, it can cause massive damage to your ceiling and walls, leading to a lot of repairs. Fixing a roof is a common thing to put in contracts when purchasing a new home. If you are concerned about your roof, have someone check it out and you may be able to to negotiate the price of your new home depending on the health of the roof.

Pipes

Finally, prior to signing papers, you should have someone come out to check the pipes for leaks. If leaks are found, be sure someone checks for mold and mildew. If either are found, you may be able to further negotiate the price of your home.

Purchasing a new home can be daunting. Just make sure to use your common sense and, if something seems off, mention it to a professional.