Discovering that a home you like has issues…
You’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted, and everything seems bright and new. Plus, you’re already dreaming of relaxing in the beautiful sunroom. You’re considering making an offer.
Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat was there to, literally, cover up that defect. Of course, a few broken tiles by themselves are not a big deal. But now you’re starting to have doubts. Has something else been covered up? What else might be wrong with this house?
What to do
There’s no reason to worry that every home will have maintenance issues hidden from view. However, it’s smart to do your due diligence to ensure the home you’re considering is truly as good as it looks. That way, there are no nasty surprises after your take possession!
One way is to have a professional home inspector check out the property as a condition of your purchase offer. He or she will inspect the home from top to bottom, inside and out, and point out any issues you should address.
It’s also smart to ask questions. Find out the age of certain features, such as the roof, furnace, and appliances. Ask about any recent renovations, and determine whether they were done by a professional or by the homeowner.
Most importantly, work with a good agent who can provide you with information on the property that you would have difficulty getting on your own! A good Real Estate Agent will make absolutely sure you buy a home with your eyes wide open. After all, it is our job to help you obtain your dream home- which likely doesn’t involve mould in the basement!
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