What you should look out for when viewing a property
Aug 18, 2022

Searching for a house is a complicated task requiring close attention to small details to make the right decision. At Soheil States we have prepared this brief guide for you on the aspects you should consider when you see a property of interest to you.

The first home tour is an opportunity for potential homeowners to compare other properties they have viewed and make sure it has all the features they are looking for in a home. A suitable house must meet basic requirements, from the number of bedrooms to availability of outdoor space, for example, you won’t know all the details of home the first time you see it, but you can watch for some signs before you make your choice.

Here is a list of what to look for before you buy a home:

The floors

A quick and efficient way to tell that your plumbing might not be proper is your floors. Look for sinkholes in the kitchen, near the bathroom, or in sensitive areas prone to moisture damage. Sagging floors in other house parts mean the structure may need some work.

Look for cracks in the wall

Finding a crack in the wall is not a good thing. This may mean that the house has structural problems. However, small cracks in drywall are probably not a cause for concern, but larger cracks or those with discoloration can indicate structural problems or leaks.

Pay attention to fresh paint

Notice if the house looks like it hasn’t been renovated in a while, and you see fresh paint or drywall on the basement or basement ceiling. This can mean two things; the first time before putting the house on the market, they fixed a problem or hid it. Please take note of the location because it is the most likely place for termite or carpenter ant damage. If you notice any unusual cover-ups, ask why they did the work.

Monitor the basement

While in the basement, be on the lookout for water. If it has been raining recently and the basement seems dry, that is good news for you as the house is in tip-top condition. If it has been dry and the basement seems damp, you need to look deeper for a problem and find out where the water is coming from.

Try the windows

During your visit to the house you want to buy, it is essential that you open and close the windows to see if they lock properly. Consider that homeowners can replace windows with cheaper, lower quality ones. While this may not be a huge deciding factor, acquiring the property will not be the biggest headache in the future. However, the cost may increase if you need to replace them in the future.

Evaluate the roof

Ask when the roof was installed and ask to see the warranty to back it up. Older homes may have multiple roof layers, some of which may contain asbestos. It will be hard for you as a non-expert to know everything about the roof just by looking at it, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or follow up with an expert opinions.

Note the trees outside

Trees near a house present all kinds of risks, such as catching fire or falling over during a storm. Minor risks include leaves filling the gutter, roots getting into the basement, or an insect infestation. Removal of large roadside trees can be expensive, especially in dense urban settings.

Electricity and plumbing

Electrical and plumbing problems will be hard to figure out with the naked eye. But you can start by checking how the electrical boxes are arranged. Take a look at the electrical panel to locate exposed wiring. You would be wise to ask if the owner experiences regular power outages.

For both electrical and plumbing issues, it’s a good idea to bring in an expert for a second walkthrough. You can also track and test your pipes with a water kit, inexpensive at some home improvement stores.

This is a shortlist of what to look for while looking for a home. Before closing the deal, you should know what conditions your future home is in.

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