Buying a new home is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. In the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect home and then trying to close the deal a lot of the seemingly small details can get overlooked. Unfortunately, these little details can end up costing you thousands of dollars in the future. Hopefully, we can limit your stress when buying a home with this blog a keep this experience as happy and exciting as possible!
From the ground looking up, the roof of the house might look perfectly fine, but in order to really know the state of it, you should invest in an inspection. During an inspection, the contractor will climb onto the roof to thoroughly check what shape the shingles are in, how many layers there are and check on the flashing to make sure there are no tears or holes.
This inspection will give you an idea of how much any repairs would cost if you did go through with purchasing the house, but it would also help you determine if you wanted to commit to the process of having to renovate your newly purchased home.
Additionally, the inspector should check the rain gutters around the edge of the roof. These will help direct water flow when it rains and will keep water from flowing down the sides of your home and from collecting in poor drainage areas on the ground.
Gutters are an important aspect in water drainage and they will keep the sides and the foundation of your home from taking on water damage, which could cause thousands of dollars in repairs depending on which part of your home was affected.
This one is especially an afterthought for most homebuyers. In most cases, people will walk out on the deck and assume that because they can stand on it and it doesn’t look very old that it is still structurally sound. However, this is not true. Since most decks are made out of wood, there is a much higher susceptibility to wood rot, termites, and other various issues.
Don’t neglect the deck during your home buying process, and make sure to get it inspected along with everything else. If you find out down the line that your deck needs to be redone, this could negatively affect your home buying experience and will cost you money that could have been avoided if you had done a home inspection.
How to Resolve your Problems
A lot of the time if you get a home inspection done, and bring up any of the issues that you find you can use this in your negotiations with the seller. They will typically either fix the issues for you, or they will factor the cost of repairs into the price of the home and sell it to you for less. Make sure you never close your home purchase until everything on your list has been fixed! This will hold the builder and seller accountable to fix all of the problems throughout the home before you’re stuck with them!
And don’t forget, Fairfield County Exteriors is here for any of your home repair or upgrade needs! We can do everything including window replacements, siding, roofing, gutters, and decks; and we have over 20 years of experience!