When it comes to buying a home, it’s important to look at a lot more than just the number of bedrooms and bathrooms a house has, or how big the backyard is. A home is likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so it’s important to look past things like paint color and floor layout.
New Homeowner’s Checklist
Before you put an offer in, make sure you consider the following:
1. Faulty Plumbing
Paint color is important, but what you really want to look at is what’s going on behind the wall. Plumbing problems can be hard to find during a quick walk through, so it’s important you have an expert check for leaks, septic problems, and clogs. You should also ask about the age of the home’s water heater, gas line, and water line — if they need to be replaced soon, you may be able to get the cost of the house down.
2. Roof Damage
Before you buy, make sure to ask when the roof. Especially if the roof was installed decades ago, you may soon find yourself dealing with asbestos, multiple layers, or leaks. It’s hard to tell how healthy a roof is by just looking at it so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
3. Water in the Basement
No matter where it’s coming from, water in the basement is never a good sign. When you head downstairs, make sure the basement looks dry, especially if it recently rained. If it hasn't rained in the past few days but you’re still seeing water, it may be coming from the water heater or leaking pipes.
4. Cracks in the Walls or Foundation
Cracks are one of the biggest problems your home can face. A cracked foundation means there’s movement and indicates structural issues beneath your home.