How To Identify A House’s FLAWS
December 5, 2016
Most prospective buyers have been told, before they sign a contract to buy, any particular house, they should hire a Home Inspector or Engineer, to inspect and evaluate the condition of the house. However, before one goes to that time, effort and expense, wouldn’t it make sense, to be able to, at least do some sort of preliminary evaluation, to rule out certain properties, at an earlier stage? While no house is perfect, or without imperfections, etc, some may be deal – breakers, while others may be more easily addressed and corrected. Let’s review a few steps, someone without professional expertise, might better evaluate and identify certain of a house’s FLAWS.
1. Face facts regarding facilities; floors; functions: Be careful to avoid the danger of getting an instant attraction to a particular property, or what is often referred to as an emotional attachment/ bond. Look at your prospective home carefully, and with a watchful eye! Are there any discernible defects in the floors, in terms of discolorations, imperfections, dips, flaws, chips, excessive slanting, etc? Flush toilets and run the water, and observe dripping, water pressure, etc. Does everything appear to function, as it should?
2. Location; leaks: Do you feel comfortable with the flow of the rooms, of the house? Is the location, on the block, in the town, etc, one you are satisfied with? Look carefully at the ceilings, etc, especially noticing any spots, chips, etc, because that might indicate previous leaks? When you run the water, look under the sink, and see if you notice any drips, or tell – tale signs, there has been, in the past.
3. Areas; attention; aromas; air: Look in the basement and attic, and observe with your eyes, as well as your nose! Pay attention to details, and anything which might appear out – of – the – ordinary! Are there aromas in the kitchen, which seem to linger, is the oven fan functioning properly, and is there sufficient venting? If you notice anything funky about the air quality, it might indicate something going on, or a potential concern. Even if you know nothing about electric boxes, look inside, and observe whether it appears organized and neat, and upgraded?
4. Where; weaknesses; wear: Are there any tell – tale signs of wear- and – tear, which might seem excessive, or disconcerting? What would you consider the strengths and weaknesses of this property? Where is the home situated on the property, and do the grounds pitch towards, or away from it?
5. Strengths; systems; structure: Do the strengths outweigh the weaknesses? Check the main systems of the home, including heating, ventilation, and electrical! Look at the heating system, to get some idea as to age, as well as the hot water tank. If there is air conditioning, how old and in what condition does it appear to be? Are there any extreme stains or discolorations to, or around the outside of the house? How about the part of the roof you can see, and ask how old the roof is?
These steps do not replace or preclude the need to use a qualified, professional, to inspect your potential home, prior to going to contract! However, they might rule out something, before you become personally invested in it!