Are you in the market for a new home or apartment? If so, it’s important to know what to look for when viewing a property.
Floors and wall conditions
Pay close attention to any defects or warps in the floor. Floor sloping or sagging is also something to pay attention to. Additionally, cracks, watermarks, or significant stains are important to look out for.
In regards to walls, look for cracks (specifically horizontal cracking),, watermarks, mildew, or mold.
Small holes can be an indicator of termites. chipped or peeling paint, buckled baseboards, or pungent smells.
Age And Condition Of Integrated Systems
Looking at the age and condition of integrated systems, these include HVAC systems, water heaters, and air conditioning units. You can typically find manufacture dates and if and when the unit was serviced by looking at the sticker on the outside. It’s also important to know if there’s any water leaking, stains, rusty pipes, or faint smells of leaking gas around these units.
Of course, for a more detailed investigation of appliances and integrated systems, you can look at the home inspection, provided it is not incomplete. Once you are under contract, you can have a home inspection performed.
Use your five senses while you walk around the house, specifically your nose. This can help detect many underlying concerns, such as mold, mildew, gas leaks, extensive pet odors, or cigarette smells, which can leak into walls and be extremely difficult to eliminate. Also, note if there is extensive use of candles, fragrance, diffusers, or sprays that may mask unpleasant odors.
Landscape Of The House
Lastly, looking at the landscape of the house, is it on a hill? Are there overgrown trees or shrubs surrounding the home? These are all things to pay attention to. All those shrubs and bushes are appealing to the eye, but having them too close to the structure of the foundation can be cause for concern. Additionally, large, overgrown trees can be costly to trim and pose potential hazards during storms.
If you were looking at country property, pay attention to where the septic and leach lines are; if there’s any pooling of water on the grass, this could be an indicator of a potentially clogged line that will require further investigation.
So there you have it. My top five items to look at while touring a property Keep in mind. All of these items can be further investigated by hiring a professional home inspector. Some may just need simple repairs or modifications, while others may be indicators of major defects or costly replacements.
rely on your realtor to help guide you throughout the homebuying process. They are there to advocate on your behalf and help you make the most educated home-buying decisions.
Thank you for watching. I’m Lacey Deverick with Lacey Deverick Homes. Feel free to check out my next video on what not to consider when purchasing a home.