So, you’re ready to take the big plunge into home ownership. You’ve made a thorough checklist of the most important factors to review with your real estate agent: location, property size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and important upgrades.
You’ve finally found your dream home, you’re excited and all you can think about is moving day! But over the course of the next few weeks you start noticing things about your new home that you hadn’t thought of prior to closing. Little things that bother you; minor inconveniences and maybe even some big issues.
The following is a list of six important factors to consider when buying a house that you might not even think of before you sign on the dotted line:
Factors to Consider When Buying a House
1. Check The Drains:
Clogged or broken pipes can be hard to spot unless you run a load of laundry, fill up the tub and sinks and let them all attempt to drain at the same time.
2. Open All The Windows:
Replacing windows isn’t fun and it isn’t cheap either. Open them all to find out if they stick, are stuck or just plain old won’t open.
3. Turn On All The Faucets:
Check to make sure that all the faucets work before purchasing a home to eliminate extra expenses and a back ache.
4. Taste The Water:
Even if your city has great water, the pipes might be old. Knowing up front if you’ll need to install a whole house filter is always helpful.
5. Open The Electrical Panel:
A clean and labeled panel is a happy panel. Something that looks like squirrels got up inside can signal trouble. Look for loose wires or ones that simply don’t connect to anything. It could signal that there’s live wires inside the walls!
6. Turn On The Heat/Air:
Check to make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on.