Finding your forever home can be an exciting process, but it’s important for all homebuyers to be on the lookout for potential problems on their house-hunting journey.
When viewing a home for the first time, you might not notice that leaky roof or chilly spare bedroom. But, once you’re settled into your new space, these problems will make themselves known and can cost you a fortune to fix!
Unfortunately, not everyone can have Canada’s Mike Holmes by their side when purchasing a new home. So, I’ve put together a list of the top 7 things you should look out for before purchasing your “dream home”
1.Information about the Land
- When you buy a home, you are also purchasing the land surrounding it.
- Make sure to spend as much time viewing the outside of the home as the inside.
- Is the area prone to flooding or ice build-up? Are the fences around the property built properly? Is the driveway in acceptable condition? Are there signs of any tree root issues?
2. Peculiar Smells
- When you walk into a home, be on alert for any unpleasant smells like sewage, gasses, pet odours, and more.
- These smells could be signs of problems you might have with the home down the road.
3. Room Temperature
- A faulty heating or cooling system can be expensive to replace.
- When viewing a home, make sure to take the temperature of the rooms you are in. If they are particularly warmer or cooler than usual, this might be a sign that the heating and cooling systems need to be replaced.
4. Roof Repairs
- Replacing a roof is never fun and can cost you thousands.
- When looking at a home, make sure to check the roof for any cave-ins, cracks, unsealed edges, or missing shingles.
5. Unusual Dampness or Humidity
- Did a room feel unusually damp or humid when you were touring the house? This could be a sign that there is mould, leakage, or improper insulation behind the walls.
- Look for flaky plaster and watermarked walls or ceilings.
- Keep in mind that some sellers will try to paint over the watermarks before you buy.
6. Dodgy Wiring
- Improper wiring can be dangerous. Not to mention, rewiring your home could cost thousands!
- Make sure that a home investigator or trusted electrician approves the wiring and fuse board before you decide to purchase the home.
7. Improper Insulation
- A properly insulated home can reduce monthly heating and cooling costs, which is a huge win for a new homebuyer.
- When viewing a home, check the attic and heating ducts to ensure that they are adequately insulated.
Are you on the hunt for an experienced realtor to help you purchase a new home? Give me a call!
Jeneen Marchant with RE/MAX Real Estate
780-904-4240 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.