Touring homes with a real estate agent can be an emotional process. Every small detail, from the flooring choices in the bathroom to the light fixture in the great room, is under inspection. If the combination of design choices, budget, size, and location of the home all fit together correctly, it’s easy to picture yourself living in that space before any of your furnishings even make it into a moving van.
But once you fall in love with a property, it can be difficult to look past problems that arise when the home inspection or appraisal is completed. Some problems that come up on the home inspection may be small and easily fixed, but certain aspects of the inspection should hold more weight when making your final decision.
State of the Roof
One of the biggest causes for concern can be the state of the roof. Although it may look completely functional and in good working condition, if it has significantly aged or has storm damage, there may be underlying issues. Not only can leaking roofs be easy to hide from the eyes of an inexperienced home buyer, but any subsequent damage also may not be easily recognized.
Home inspectors typically have the knowledge and tools to alert you to any necessary roof repairs or water damage caused by a leak. Although many of these issues can be fixed by experienced Telford roofing companies, they do have the potential to be a big expense and deserve further consideration on what you are willing to pay to get into that home. Many times this expense can be negotiated into the contract with the seller.
Foundation cracks should catch your eye immediately or it’s highly likely they’re going to hit your wallet later. Cracks in the foundation can be caused by changes in weather and/or by the land around the home settling over time. A significant crack can render the foundation unstable and can compromise the integrity of the rest of the home that sits on top of the foundation.
Furthermore, if the damage is not reversed, it may continue to get worse over time and this can lead to several more issues down the road. Plumbing problems, water damage, electrical complications, etc. can all come as secondary complications to an issue with the foundation. If this is something that is mentioned on your home inspection, you may want to take a second look at it and consult an experienced professional to see how extensive the damage might be.
Outdated Electrical System
Hidden electrical problems can carry many risks: loss of power, fire potential, and risk of electrical shock are just a few of them. If the electrical problems persist throughout the entire home, this could be a potentially large expense as there are building codes that must be maintained. If the inspector finds the electrical system not up to the building code, it can cost thousands of dollars to correct.
Because the electrical system lies mostly inside the walls, it also complicates things further because drywall repairs will need to be completed as well as any paint touchups. A qualified electrician can usually give you an estimate on the cost of the repair if this is a project that you feel is worth taking on.
Though finding any of these issues in a home you have fallen in love with can be discouraging, it doesn’t always have to be a deal-breaker. Consulting a professional will ensure that you do not go into the situation blindly and find yourself in a situation where you can’t afford to make the repairs. Knowing about any large repairs beforehand will help you make an informed decision about getting into your dream home.