What to Look for During a House Showing

    couple looking at a home with real estate agentBuying a house typically marks a new chapter in a person’s life, whether they just got married, are preparing to expand their family, got a new job or are retiring. Each home buyer is a little different — your must-haves are probably different than another person’s.

    Whatever traits are most important to you in a home, there are still several things that you should look out for when you’re touring one or attending an open house. It can be easy to focus on just a few aspects, but here’s what to always look for when viewing a house.

    Water Damage

    As long as water damage is addressed quickly, it’s not the worst thing that could happen to a home. However, unnoticed or ignored water damage could affect a building’s structure and bring mold.

    When viewing a home, look out for signs of water damage. Dark spots on the roof or the walls, a mildew smell and even flood lines could all indicate unaddressed issues. If you notice signs, it may suggest that other aspects of the home were neglected too.

    Roof

    The roof is an extremely important and often forgotten part of a home. It’s a higher-cost component when it comes time to replace it, so try to examine the roof from all sides of the house. If you notice wear, it could mean the roof needs to be replaced or renovated soon. Ask the owner or their agent how old it is. If they don’t know, you may be able to find the answer in public records.

    If you find out that the previous owner is not planning on replacing the roof before selling and that it will need to be done soon, it could affect your decision about that home.

    Location of Electric Boxes

    If you can, try to take a look at the electric boxes. If you think it’s an outdated system, the home may not be meeting certain requirements that could prevent you from being able to get a mortgage on it or qualify for homeowners insurance. See how recently any electric work was done or when the home was built to get an idea of how old the system is.

    You should also keep an eye out for any suspicious looking wiring. This issue is a red flag that means someone could have tried to DIY the electric — and may not have done so properly.

    Floor Space

    If you don’t love the layout of the home, there’s the option of implementing renovations. However, doing so will add to your costs and may not even be possible, depending on the structure of the home. Make sure the house has enough space and rooms for everything you and your family need.

    Yard

    Whether you’re particular about the yard or not, it’s still something to take note of. The space’s size, as well as its other characteristics, will affect your home maintenance. Do you have a lawnmower that’s prepared to mow the entire lawn? Are there several trees that will lead to lots of fallen leaves in the fall? These questions, among others, are crucial to ask yourself about the yard.

    If you’re preparing to buy or sell a home, contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners to speak with one of our dedicated agents today.

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