New Place Blues: What to Have Inspected Before Moving In
Moving into a new home is exciting and you have so many things to think about. How will you arrange the furniture? Will you paint the walls a new shade? There are so many ways that you can personalize your home to fit your style. One thing that you do not want to have to deal with is unexpected repairs during your moving process. If you have a home inspection done before you buy, you can avoid these surprise repairs that can quickly turn your dream home into a money pit.
One major source of financial stress are roofing issues. Make sure your roof is thoroughly inspected and that any issues are fully disclosed before you buy. It is possible for roof repairs to be done as one of the conditions of buying the home. Make sure that a reputable company like D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc. completes the job and that it is inspected again before you move in. You do not want to buy a beautiful home only to find out during the first big rain storm your roof is leaking or unsafe.
Another issue that must be addressed before moving are plumbing problems. It is important to view a copy of what the utility bills usually run each month. An unusually high water bill could signal a major leak in a water main, sprinkler line, or elsewhere that you could end up being responsible for. If you are buying an older home, this is of special concern. If the plumbing is original, expect to have problems down the line. Having an inspection done can at least prepare you for what is to come.
Electrical is another common concern for older homes. Fraying wires can cause a fire hazard and your inspector should check for any work that may have been done that is not to code. A licensed electrician should be the person making the repairs to ensure the job is done right. This is another issue that would be best to have done before move in. Negotiating with the seller is a great way to avoid having the burden placed completely on you as the buyer.
A new home can be a dream come true if you are aware of what you are truly buying. Even if minor issues come up, as they often do, you can avoid financial devastation by sorting out the major problems before you move in. Having a home inspection done is a good investment in the long run, and many realtors encourage it to determine a home’s true value.