Buying a home isn’t as clean cut as you would like it to be, requiring that you take the time to inspect the home before you decide if it’s the right fit for you and those that will be living with you if you have a family.
Your inspection should involve several things, most importantly, electrical, roofing, pluming and foundation. In addition, whether or not the floors are stable, without drooping spots or sink holes, and whether or not the windows are updated or if there is going to be an efficiency problem. At the same time, you want to do your homework and determine the condition of any included appliances.
When you are initially going through the home, you are of course tempted by the difference to overlook many things, but you should always take the time to hire a professional certified home inspector and complete a thorough home inspection. I’d recommend an inspector affiliated with: The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) North America’s oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors.
This helps to assure no scares or surprises by the home or the inspector.
The very first thing you want to consider is the actual electrical service panel and proper wiring throughout the home.
As you continue through the home, you’ll want to check out the plumbing… everything secure, and lurking lead pipes? How old is that roof, and how many layers are currently on the home?
You’ll want to also check out the windows as these are very important to the comfort of the home. If the windows are out-dated, it is easy to deduce that they will leak out heat and air, causing issues with efficiency. Updated windows seal in the heat and air into the home much better, therefore can introduce much greater savings when it comes to electric and heating bills. Also, updated windows signify that other elements of the home may have also been updated.
Don’t forget to do your homework when it comes to the inspection of a home, as there are things in the past that can affect the home as it stands today.
You also want to find out the average heating and lighting bills in the home by simply calling the utility company and providing the property address to ensure you aren’t getting into a money pit that is going to make it difficult to maintain the cost of the home.
If there are any major issues, they should be addressed before considering the home so you are able to determine the steps that will be taken to prepare the home for you.
Your real estate contract will allow for a home inspection, and working together with your realtor, you can determine what are safety / security issues and need to be addressed, vs. cosmetic issues which you noticed when you wrote your initial offer.
Author Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of www.GayRealEstate.com ~ Free Instant Access to the Nation’s Top Gay, Lesbian and Gay Friendly Realtors Coast-to-Coast.