The first time you bought a car, there’s a chance you ended up with a lemon. The first time you make any large purchase is a risk. You lack practical experience and knowledge, so there’s a danger that you could overlook important red flags. This goes doubly for home purchasing. You might think you know what to look for. After all, you’ve lived in apartments and rentals, but there’s a world of difference when you’re responsible for the maintenance. Here are a few key areas to check if you’re new to home buying and you want to quickly assess a place like a pro.
First of all, look at the roof. The last thing you want in a new home is to have to immediately start looking for a roof replacement Oceanport NJ or your area. From the outside, you should be able to see if the roof tiles are old or stained with water, or if the roofline is sagging. From the inside, look at bare wood to see if there’s water damage or signs of leaks.
Wood never lies, so while you’re inside, look for bare wood in the basement. If that basement has ever been flooded, the wood will show it. Signs of water damage or a smell like mold is a sign that the basement is leaky.
A leaky basement may be a sign of foundation problems, so take a step outside and look for cracks in the foundation, water stains, mildew and other signs of trouble. Even something like a tree planted too close to the foundation can be a sign of future problems, so be wary.
A home is probably the most important purchase you’ll make in your life. Make sure that you take the time to look it over carefully, from the very top to the very bottom, before you commit to anything.