BUYERS: LOOK BEYOND COSMETICSDecember 23, 2009
In today’s market, buyers have an abundance of homes to choose from. So in order to make a sale, sellers are working harder to make their homes look attractive. Most homes for sale will have fresh paint, new carpet and upgraded landscaping.
But excited buyers should not choose a home based on their first impressions alone. It is just as important that the underlying structure of the home is in good condition too.
A professional inspection is essential before a purchase is finalized, but buyers can first do a preliminary check.
Take a walk around and check for any large cracks in the foundation. Sometimes trees are planted too closely and can damage the foundation. Also, make sure there is at least a 12 inch barrier between the house and any vegetation to keep water from pooling near the foundation.
Next, check the attic. Signs of a leaking roof will show up there even if inner ceilings have been repaired.
Check the plumbing. If the fixtures aren’t sealed properly, you’ll discover leakage and mold growth under the sinks.
Ask sellers when they last replaced the larger systems like the heating, roof and water heater.
If you find the fundamentals are in good shape, then it’s time to take the next step toward home ownership.
For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact me at [email protected] or 305-960-2575, or come by the office at 355 Alhambra Circle, 9th Floor, in Coral Gables.