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6 Things To Notice While Home Shopping

Every step in a real estate transaction is important, but the home inspection really should not be skipped. A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.

Except in very rare situations, smart REALTORS® will always advise their buyers to have the home inspected by a licensed inspector. Be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars, but the cost is well worth it especially if the inspection report comes back with a major repair.

When you’re on the house hunt you can help find a structurally sound house by keeping a look out for some of these signs of wear and tear on a house.

  1. Signs of moisture damage
    Wet, clammy, sticky, smelly rooms can hint as water seepage caused by improperly graded soil or an improperly laid foundation. A damp attic could mean ventilation problems – and without proper ventilation the home could suffer from dry rot or condensation that could create mold.
  2. Noticeable cracks
    A visible crack link in the interior of the home or on the exterior foundation could point to more-than-normal settling.
  3. Poorly fitted duct work
    Heating and cooling systems can be problematic. Check the duct lines to see that they fit snugly and securely.
  4. Improperly fitted skylights
    Skylights are usually one-piece preassembled units that are popped into a hole in the roof. Look for discoloration, peeling paint, or other signs that the skylights were improperly fitted or may be leaking.
  5. Sloppy masonry work
    Look at steps, outer brick work, and fireplaces. If there are loose or cracked bricks it is a sign of a larger problem.
  6. DIY Electrical Work
    There are a few projects that you should avoid doing yourself, and electrical work is definitely one. Look for loose wires, and take a look at the outlets in the home.

Keeping an eye out for some of these potential hazards is a great way to help you master your home search.