5 House-Ready Checks to do Before Making an Offer

Posted by First Team Real Estate on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 10:30am.

For those in the market for a new home, it can be easy to fall in love with a property right away. Seeing all its best features right up front makes for a good case to buy, and the thrill of having your own place might blind you to a few of its downsides. It’s easy to overlook minor issues that can affect the quality of the house. When you want to have peace of mind knowing that the house is ready for you to move in, there are a few checks you should make before deciding.

The Roof

The roof is one of the most expensive features of the home, and can lead to extensive damage inside of the property if it's in poor condition. Hire a professional to inspect the roof for missing shingles or tiles and to determine if any leaks are present. You'll also need to ask about the age of the roof, which will indicate if it's ready to be replaced or not. 

Plumbing System

Check out the plumbing systems in the kitchen and bathroom to look for any signs of leaks that may be present. You can also turn the water on in different areas of the home to evaluate the water pressure. It may also be necessary to evaluate the speed of how the water drains in the tubs and sinks.

Garage

The flooring of the garage should not be stained or cracked, and the siding should also be in good condition. Don't be afraid to open the garage doors to ensure they function well. There should also be good drainage around the garage to reduce the risk of flooding that can occur when it rains or snows. Check the garage and other outdoor areas for signs of pests as well. Mice and ants can pose a problem on many properties, but are usually a minor fix with the right pest control service.

Foundation

There should not be any cracks in the foundation, which can be costly to repair and can affect the integrity of the building. A common sign that the foundation has issues is if the doors or windows are sticking, or if you see any sinking or cracks along the base of the house or higher walls.

Windows and Doors

You'll need to open and close each door or window in the house to ensure they slide easily. There should also not be any cracks that have formed. You'll also want to look for mildew or mold present on any windows.

Thoroughly inspecting the house you want to purchase will give you peace of mind and help determine your offer price. Work with a First Team agent to help you guide your home purchase and write a winning offer on your ideal home. 

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