It's easy to get lost in home searching. Of course you want to find the perfect house. With many TV shows on the topic, sellers are getting more sophisticated and prepping their homes for sale. You will have a property inspection after your offer is accepted, but if you know key things up front, it can prevent you from wasting time on items that are deal breakers or even let you make a smarter offer. So we gathered some useful tips.
Windows and Light. It is always a good idea to preview a home during the day. Even different times. Are you a morning person and want light in your kitchen or bedroom. Or maybe you work nights and want the bedroom to be in a dark quiet location of the home. You’ll want to pay attention to these items.
Roof. Does the roof have a lot of moss growth? Are there trees dropping large amounts of debris. These items can add up to extra maintenance and replacement costs if you are not up to the task of keeping things in order.
Siding. You will want to look for discoloration or bumpy/wavy siding. Our weather here in the northwest typically comes from the south/southwest and that is rain in the winter and sun during our long summers!
Sloping Floors. Keep an eye out for sloping floors - you won't need special tools to see it most of the time- you will feel it! This is usually a sign of something else going on such as foundation settlement and poor exterior drainage is usually to blame. Make sure the gutter downspouts are draining away from the house.
Noise. Is there some "atmosphere" music on the radio playing? Don’t be fooled, while it’s true it might just be setting a mood, it could be hiding ambient street noise. Have your agent turn it down if you can and make sure you don’t have an issue.