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What To Look For When Buying a Home

November 20, 2021 | Comments Off on What To Look For When Buying a Home

On the search for a new home? Research predicts 7.1 million homes will sell in 2021. There are a lot of people searching for their dream homes. The past couple of years were filled with stress and worry. A new home offers a fresh beginning. 

As you begin your search for your dream home, you may be scrolling through listed properties and examining the floor plan. However, there are many things you must keep in mind when reviewing a home. Meaning, there are apparent signs that a particular home may not be the best choice. Here are a few signs to look for when walking through a new property. 

Problems With The Foundation 

As you walk through a property, examine the walls inside and outside the home. Foundational issues range between $6,000 – $8,500. One of the major signs of foundational problems is through cracks in the walls. If the exterior walls show a crack in a zig-zag formation, the home may have an issue. Likewise, interior cracks appear inside the home; however, they sometimes appear behind wallpaper or furniture. 

Lastly, check the function of doors or windows. If they do not adequately shut with ease, then the foundation is off balance. If you experience any of these signs within the home, it’s time to look for another property. 

What Is That Smell? 

When a home appears on the market, sellers will do everything they can to make it appear livable. Air fresheners are typically used to make the house smell beautiful. However, those smells can be hiding something. 

Pay close attention to each room of the house. It may sound odd to smell the entire house, but it is necessary. If there is a damp type of smell, it is a cause for alarm. Mold is described to smell musty, like the odor of rotten wood. Mold damage to a home is not worth the purchase. 

Sometimes mold is not the culprit, but other scents may be present in the home, such as cigarette smoke, pet accidents, or rotting wood. Make sure you take a good sniff around the new house to catch any odd odors. 

Unseen Signs 

Sometimes a homeowner does not have the resources to keep up the home. This results in the neglect of minor repairs. Please make sure you work with every appliance in the house and check its functions. Flip light switches, turn on faucets, turn on the heater, check the air vents, or inspect the paint. These minor touches sound small, but if any of these functions are broken, it leaves a lot of work to be done by you. Test out the appliances in the home before making a purchase. 

Buying A Whole New Home

Sometimes a home does not call for you. And you do not have to settle in a home that you do not love. If you bought a home with foundational problems, mold, or broken appliances, you might need to gut out the whole house. Rebuilding a home is just as exciting as buying one. A whole home remodel offers unlimited freedom. You choose the design, layout, and every aesthetic choice is yours. No matter what you choose, whether it is a home that is turn-key ready or a whole home remodel, make sure you make it yours.