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Things To Consider Before Buying A Home

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Do you wonder why people regret buying bad homes yet they went for an open house and looked through every room? Well, the seller wants to sell the house for a specific reason, and they will go to great lengths to ensure that you don’t see the negative part of the house. And, in other cases, the house could be older than it looks or it could be worth less in a few months hence the sale.

For these and other reasons, you have to be careful when buying a home. Here are the most important considerations:

Too scented

Unless you are hiding an odor, you have no reason to light scented candles, use air fresheners and warmers when selling a house. As a buyer of Toronto Fort York Real Estate, you should be wary of such scents as they could point you to mildew, pet accidents or smoke. Take a few minutes and look at flooring, ceilings, and walls closely.

Issues with the foundation

The search for a home is rough, and most of the time, you will find a dream home just when you are about to give up. But, that doesn’t mean overlooking any faults in the foundation. While hairline cracks are normal, large gaps signal bigger issues with the foundation. Look out for sticking windows, doors, window frames, and unevenness on the floor.

Poor quality tiling

Kitchen and bathroom tiles are great indicators of quality. If the tiling is such that the spacing is uneven or the tiles look uneven, then that is an indicator of shoddy work. Lazy tiling could also indicate that there have been several repair works on the tiles and they may fall apart too soon. The cost of repairing a home while repaying a debt is too high and often unnecessary.

Closeness to a water source

While we all dream of living by the beach, we don’t want a situation where it rains and the water cascades through your back door, do we? Water that is too close to the house increases the risk of flooding, and you may not get an insurance cover against flooding.

On the same note, you should avoid a house with water damage. The signs of water damage include a musty odor. You can see water lines on the wall and the ceiling. You should also check for rust and water stains in the basement or the laundry room.

Poor ventilation

Moisture sticks around poorly ventilated houses increasing incidences of allergies by creating mold. If the paint is peeling and there is condensation on windows, then that means that the house has poor ventilation.  You can also check for other signs of damage by lifting cosmetic enhancements like rugs to see if there are patches of mold.

Is the roof calling for repairs?

Roofing is expensive, and you don’t want to start repair works less than a year after moving and when you are still adjusting. So, does the roof look new or is it caving in? Does the roof have an eye-catching gaping hole? You need to consider all this because a house with a newer roof gives you access to a low home insurance rate. Just make sure that the roof ‘s material is sturdy.

The house’s temperature

A house that looks old will cost you more in utilities because you’ll have to fix and replace the heating and the cooling system. An inefficient heating and cooling system will eat into your utility bills.

Finally, get your hands on everything in the house and have professional home inspectors inspect the house before you buy it.