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Things To Look For When Buying A Home

Blog by Joette Fielding | June 23rd, 2014

Things To Look For When Buying A HomeBuying a house is a big move in life. Purchasing a new home is, in most cases, a onetime experience, and for many people, that house is the one that they will be living in for the rest of their lives. If you keep that in mind, you will realize why is it important to know what you are buying. Nobody wants to have big problems with their house in the first five years since they moved in, and of course no one wants to have unnecessary costs. Now, don’t get scared, this is not as hard as it sounds. It is just those kinds of things that need to be learned once in life and after that, it will go easy. Read the list bellow and you won’t be having any problems.


One of the most important things that you need to check is the roof. The roof is a big part of your house, and it protects the interior of your house from rain, snow, etc. Having a roof that leaks can cause a lot of damage on your ceiling and walls. The leaking water may cause mold that is unhealthy and, of course, it looks bad. Roof repairs can be really expensive, not to mention buying a new one. This is why you should check the roof for rust, any holes or physical damages on it, check under the roof for leaks and you will be fine.


One of the signs that the plumbing is bad in the house is leaks. The most common places where leaks may be are the bathroom, kitchen and the basement. If you notice any leaks, then I suggest you contact a professional, since leaks can cause major damage to the house. One more thing that you can do to check the condition of plumbing is to check the pressure on every water source in the house. Low water pressure may indicate a leak or a big sediment built in the faucet.


Bad insulation can cause your house temperature to be too high during the summer and too low during the winter no matter how good are your heating/cooling systems. Bad insulation will cause you to have bigger expenses during the winter due to the loss of heat that it causes. The bad side is that there is no actual way to check the insulation by yourself and you must hire an expert to give you his opinion.

Heating/cooling systems

The first thing you need to do is to see what kind of heating system it is. Is it a furnace, a boiler, does it work on gas, or does it use electricity. After that, start inspecting the system from the outside of the house by checking the chimneys, vents and the source of heat no matter what kind it is. Check if the temperature in every room is the same. If this is not the case, than it means that heat distribution is not good. Check all the units by opening them to see in how good condition they are. AC repairs can cost some money, but if you can lower the price of the house, it shouldn't be a problem to fix them by contacting professionals.

Check for any signs of pests

When checking a house, most people don’t even think about problems with pests - try not to forget this. Having pests (raccoons, rats, termites…) in your house can cause serious damage and expenses. What you need to do is to check with the neighbours if they have any problems with this matter, and see if the area you are in has any common pests.

These are the most important things that you must look into before even thinking of buying a house. Try not to forget any of these and if you need to, write it all down on a paper so that you don’t forget. And always rely on a professional home inspector before finalizing any home purchase deal. 

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