Cervone Deegan + Associates knows that purchasing your first home is very exciting as you search for something that fits your dreams. During your first go around you may be thinking more about what you think is ideal for space, layout, location and similar but there is more to pay attention to than just these basic wants. It can be hard to consider some of the other important things especially during a competitive market like we are in today, but here is some advice on crucial things to check out before you submit any offers.
HVAC and Plumbing
These systems can be pricey to fix or replace so make sure you do a complete inspection. Check to see if there have been any updates or repairs as well as any signs of neglect like an old air filter at the very least. Many sellers will make paperwork available on recently replaced systems too so ask if they have it.
Check for any obvious signs or indications of a potential structural issue. Search for things like cracks in the floor or walls or perhaps a screen room with a leaning wall. Structural issues can be expensive to repair and any sign of one should be fully examined by your professional home inspector.
Crooked or off-center fixtures not only look silly but can suggest there may be an issue behind the wall. Was it sloppy electrical work or just a sloppy install of the fixture? If there are many of these issues you may want to slow down and start asking some questions.
Especially as first-time buyers tend to establish some roots with a growing family, consider storage space possibilities. There may be some wiggle room now but what about down the road in a year or two? Count how many closets you have now and compare that to the homes you visit to preview. You definitely don’t want to go backwards in closet space.
Most home tours will occur during the day, during the week. So if you really want to know what an area is like then be sure to visit it in the evenings and on weekends. This will give you a chance to see and possibly meet more neighbors when they are home and if you can hear them well or not.