Investing In A Better Home

4 Things to Check When You Look at Homes for Sale

There are many things to consider when you're looking at homes for sale. You probably have a list of things the home must have such as a certain number of bedrooms, a big backyard, gourmet kitchen, or pool. When you're looking at homes for sale, don't forget to think about the condition of the house and the results of the home inspection. Here are a few things to take note of when home shopping.

1. The Condition, Type, and Age of the Roof

It would be nice to buy a home with a fairly new roof so you won't have to sink a lot of money into a roof replacement right after you buy a home. If the roof is fairly new, then even an asphalt shingle roof would be appealing. However, a metal, clay tile, or slate roof might be a better choice since these roofs have a longer lifespan.

2. The Location of Mature Trees

Another thing you may want to avoid is having to remove mature trees that are too close to the house or that are near power lines. Tree removal can be costly, but leaving hazardous trees in place might be risky. Be sure to look over the yard and the trees in it to be sure you are happy with the location of the trees, and if not, if you're willing to pay to have them removed. Also, note the species of trees in your yard because some trees may be protected, and you might not be able to remove a tree you want to get rid of.

3. The Age and Condition of the HVAC

A new HVAC is another investment you may prefer to avoid after buying a new house. Be sure to notice if the home feels comfortable when you tour it. Also, find out the age of the HVAC and its condition as noted in the home inspection. Find out if the HVAC has any upgrades that improve air quality and if the furnace runs on gas or electricity so you know what to expect with power bills.

4. The Condition of Major Appliances

Major appliances often come with the home when it's sold. However, if the owner wants to take the appliances to their new home, you'll need to buy all new appliances after you buy the house. This adds to the cost of the house if you need to buy a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer. If the home comes with appliances, note if you like the style and if you want to keep or replace them once the home is yours.

If you're interested in homes for sale, contact companies like Wilhelm & Associates Realtors.

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Investing In A Better Home

Few things are more overwhelming than choosing your first home. I would know, because I purchased my first place about a year ago. When we first moved in, we realized that there were a few things that we were going to need to change. Even though we had carefully looked over the listing and walked through the property, the house was riddled with problems like broken outlets, bad paint jobs, and even broken plumbing fixtures. Fortunately, we learned how to fix things on our own, which has saved us a lot of money. This blog is all about real estate, DIY projects, and the joy of home ownership.