I cover so much when it comes to home buying and selling, that sometimes I have to remember to back myself up and cover the basics. Today, I am going to cover the 5 basic things to look for when purchasing a home. Now, some of these may seem obvious. This said, it is easy to fall in love with a home’s locations or features and forget about the obvious.
So, without further waiting, here are my top 5 tips for buying a home.
- Don’t judge a home on paint, appliances or counter tops. A home is about the foundation and potential. If you don’t like pink tile in the bathroom (most of us don’t), understand that you can change it. Oh, and you don’t have to change it right away if the budget is a concern. It can be a project for later. You do have home renovation options.
- Check out the heating / cooling system. You should pay more attention to this vs. the paint job of a home. It the heating / cooling system looks old- it probably is. Also, turn up the heat and then turn on the A/C. Do they work at first prompt?
- Plan your deal breakers in advance. Again, you don’t want to fall in love with something that isn’t right for you because it looks nice or is in a better location. Stick to your plan by making one and bringing it with you. Small things, like fireplaces, are not deal breakers. Big things, like a jump by 50k in price or not having enough bedrooms, are deal breakers.
- Check for leaks, water damage, and mold. You don’t want to do wait until the home inspection, either. Open up the cabinets and get under the sink. Smell and look for mold, leaks, water damage or other potential concerns before you consider purchasing any house. Then, at that time, you can decide if you want to move forward with an inspection.
- Do you smell sewer? Drive by at night and during the day to check for this. Sewage systems in older homes can sometimes get clogged or damaged by tree roots. Most plumbing companies can send a camera through the pipes to detect any breaks or blockages. If you smell sewer a few times upon drive by, you may not want to live with it and it could be caused by your potential home (fixable) or a neighbor’s home who isn’t willing to “fix” the issue.