Not everyone can afford to build a brand new custom home. If you are in the market for a new home, you may be looking at older homes where you want to live. Buying an older home can also present its own sets of challenges. You will want to know about the repairs and maintenance that you will need to do. Here are some tips to help you with planning when purchasing a new home:
1. Making A To-Do-List Of Non-Essential Repairs
The first day you go to look at a potential home, it is a good idea to take a notebook with you. Write down all the small repairs that you would like to see fixed before you sign the dotted line. This can be things like small holes in drywall, damaged trim or doors that need repair. Look closely for anything that looks like it needs to be fixed before you buy.
2. Inspecting For Damaged Finish Materials Inside The Home
There may also be damage to finish materials inside the home. This can be a missing piece of trim, flooring that is worn and painting that needs to be done. Try to negotiate with the seller to get these things fixed now, so you do not have to do the repairs yourself, later.
3. Looking For Signs Of Damage That Need Repairs
You will also want to look for signs of damage that requires repairs. This can be serious damage like a leaking roof that is causing water damage. If you are looking at a two family home, look at things like firewalls, which separate two homes and protect from fire. The walls should extend through the attic and be made of fire retardant materials.
4. Having The Home Inspected For Any Major Repairs
Another good thing to do before buying a home is to have it looked over by a professional home inspector. They can look at things like mechanical systems and find problems that you may not be able to catch on your own. An inspector can also help you make a list of repairs that need to be done before you sign a contract to buy the home.
These are some tips to help you with planning on purchasing a new home. If you are ready to start moving in to your home, contact an agent, like Prime Realty, to help you find the new home that is right for you and your family.