8 Key Things to Check When Buying a House

Posted by Kevin Leung on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at 8:15am.

You are probably feeling excited and overwhelmed as you go through the steps in purchasing a new home especially if you are a first-time buyer. Going to an open house and checking out your potential home is an essential step. Don't worry, we have provided a list of potential home pitfalls that you should watch out for.

1. The roof
This can be a major source of headaches if there are leaks and costly if there are repairs needed. A newer roof can even mean a lower homeowners insurance rate.

2. Plumbing
Don’t forget to check what’s happening underneath your future house. Check the pipes for leaks, damage and mold for both the sake of your health and your wallet.

3. Basement walls
Along that same note, when you’re looking down below, check out the state of the basement. The walls can tell you a lot about the state of the house from its foundation to humidity levels.

4. Electronics
Bring a phone charger to check that the outlets all work and take a peek at the electrical panel.

5. Take the temperature
If it’s unusually warm or cool, that might be a reflection of the insulation. Heating and cooling systems are a must in our climates and expensive to fix.

6. Windows and doors
Make sure they all open, close and latch properly – not just entryways but also cupboards and pantries.

7. Check out the land
Go beyond the garden and see what kind of natural disasters might have an impact. For example, check if the house is in the flood zone area.

8. Home inspection
For full peace of mind before you buy, hire someone to do a comprehensive home inspection from top to bottom.

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