Purchasing a new home is a significant life event, and requires a lot of research, thinking, and then even more research before you may feel ready about making a decision. However, the sheer volume of the different factors and variables that have to be considered can make it easy for something to slip your mind. The following are four of the most important things that you should check when looking at a potential new home for you and your family, as failing to check them can leave you with more headaches down the road.
How Is the Roof?
The first thing that you should ask about, and maybe even get up to take a look at if you are serious about purchasing that house, is the roof. Understand firstly what condition the roof is in (as a newly installed, barely worn roof will save you money on maintenance and repairs), while also noting what type of materials the roof is made out of. Slate, tile and metal roofing are all more durable than asphalt or wood shingles, and will require less maintenance and have longer lifespans as a result.
Is the Heating and Cooling System New or Old?
Beyond the roof, the next most important thing that you should inquire about are the central heating and cooling units (or whichever type of heating and cooling systems they use, if not central units). Older units will cost more to operate each month and are likely near the end of their lifespan, which means an added expense very soon. Newer units will tend to be more energy efficient and effective.
How Solid Is the Foundation?
In addition, you should ask about the condition of the foundation, and what the soil in your yard is like. Poor soil conditions may require a deeper foundation, which can make any future additions and construction much more expensive and complicated to complete. A high aquifer could actually make any further renovations impossible, since there is no suitable area to install an addition on.
An extremely old foundation that is on shifting soil could require expensive repairs, and if left unchecked could actually cause structural damage throughout the rest of your home. Be sure to understand the condition and the implications of what lies underneath your home.
What Is the Neighborhood Like?
Finally, the last thing that you should ask about your potential new home is the area that it is situated in. Find out what is nearby: laundromats, supermarkets, schools, highways, anything else that may be of interest or of concern to you and your family members. You should also ask about the neighborhood, and see if the former owners or your agent can get you any information about who you are living around. There's nothing worse than having to work a night shift and having nosy neighbors.
If you're ready to find a new home, keep these points in mind and contact real estate agencies such as NWRE Brokers.