Often Missed Aspects of Looking at Homes

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:00am.

A home, no matter the size, is a big investment, one that requires a lot of careful consideration.  This is even more important as the homes get bigger, since many people will assume that a high price tag means quality, lasting construction. This is, unfortunately, not always the case. Even worse, many important details can be missed by the inexperienced home buyer, making the chances of having surprises in the future even more likely. When it comes to any potential home, be sure to be thorough in your inspections, including the following often-missed elements. These can lead to lots of problems down the line, but are still lost in the shuffle by even experienced home buyers. But by checking them out, you could save yourself time, money, and hassle down the line.

1. Foundation

Going through the basement is always a necessary step in looking at a new home, not just to see what’s been done with it, but to see if the foundation is in good condition. A decaying or poorly-maintained foundation is incredibly expensive: it can lead to pests, floods, mold, and much more if you’re not careful. You should pay close attention to any cracks in the basement walls or signs of flooding or mold, and have a professional inspector take notice of any potential problems. Large-scale foundational repair can often run into five figures, which is something you should know before you sign a mortgage.

2. Doors and Windows

In Edmonton, energy efficient and well-sealed doors and windows aren’t a luxury. They’re an absolute necessity. And when it comes to knowing whether the windows are new, old, energy-efficient, or not, you can often not know. But if the information is available, be sure that the home has, or can have, the right windows with high star ratings. Without them, your utilities prices could be quite expensive, your home will be far less efficient, and you may find yourself either too hot or too cold, depending on the season.

3. Soil

Soil isn’t something people think about when they’re buying a home. It’s not as flashy or as interesting as many of the other features, and it can be all but impossible to inspect during the winter months. But the kind of soil that your future home sits on can make a world of difference. Expansive soil, soil that swells when its wet, can cause extra strain on a property and is often overlooked even by home inspectors. Many homes are built with structures in place to resist the extra pressure of expansive soil, but some home builders will try to cut these corners, which can lead to foundational damage later in the home’s life.

Your home is a massive purchase, which means you should take every precaution to make sure it’s a sound investment. With the right real estate team, and your own diligence, you can make the right purchase that takes into account every single piece of important information.


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