Roof inspection checklistDo you know what to look for when buying a home?

Is something holding you back from buying your dream house?

I sat across from a young lady who was about 27 years old. She sat there with her cup of coffee while handing her toddler an organic apple snack. She along with her family wanted to move to Novi, Michigan, but something was holding them back.

This family felt they were throwing their money away by renting and had the money to put down on a house. They were excited, but very hesitant. As a real estate agent, I was thrilled to work with them because they were in the perfect spot to purchase a home and they had already picked a great location.

When I asked her what she was hesitant about, she said that committing to a home and all the invisible nightmares kept her up at night. She said when you own a home there is no maintenance department to call when something needs to get fixed. I smiled at her because this is a common hesitancy of many potential buyers these days. I reassured her that there are a few things to look for in a house to reduce the risk of having invisible nightmares. She smiled back at me and said “good because I would love to own a house”.

Today, I’m sharing those same invisible nightmares to look for with you.

Mold Nightmares

Let’s start off with one of the scary ones. Mold is often hidden and you don’t notice it right away. Once you’ve found a home that you love, the best thing you can do to prevent a mold nightmare is to have a professional come in. They will inspect every inch of your future dream home.

Foundation Nightmares

Take the time to examine basement walls as well as the outside foundation for any cracks. Don’t forget to look for termite or carpenter ant damage. Get Rich Slowly, a personal finance company, recommends that a potential buyer should check to see if the home inspector will ensure that the house will be free from infestation for one year or more.

Door and Window Nightmares

This one is easy. When looking at the home, go around to each door and window and perform little experiment. Open and close each one.

Roof Nightmares

When looking through the home, spend time outside looking at the roof. Make sure you don’t see any missing or cracked shingles. If you do, you may have a hidden opportunity. According to Get Rich Slowly,

“If you’re willing to get up on the roof, a home with a poor roof may present an opportunity to get a credit during the bidding process (with a recommendation from an inspector) that is worth the price of a professional doing the job. You can then turn around and buy the materials and do it yourself, while pocketing the remainder of the money to apply towards your loan or other projects.”

 

For more hidden nightmares check out an article written by the Huffington Post, Hidden Home Problems To Look Before Buying A House. If you have any concerns about what to look for when purchasing a house, please call 248-348-7200 and ask for Jamey Kramer.