Guide to inspecting a new house
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Are you planning to buy a new house in Tennessee? Maybe you already found one that you like and now you are wondering if it’s really the one. Is the house really that good? Are there any hidden flaws that will come out of the shadows only days after residential movers bring in your stuff? How will you know if the house is really fine? Where to look for flaws? How much will repairs cost you? Inspecting a new house isn’t easy, you need to know certain things before you can make a verdict on the state of a house. Of course, this refers to houses that look nice at first glance as well as the once that don’t look so good from the beginning.
A real estate agent will be your helping hand
If you are moving to Tennessee, and you are buying a new house, you will need a real estate agent. If you don’t already have one, you should hire one as soon as you start thinking about buying any new property. Finding a real estate agent is easy. However, your realtor should meet some requirements before you agree. First, you should try to interview at least three real estate agents. Also, make sure you look for their credentials and ask around for their prior work. There are plenty of scammers waiting for people to take their money. Usually reading online comments and asking people you know about their experiences will be the best course of action. Here are some things to pay attention to.
- Do they have all the necessary licenses for operating in the real estate market?
- Ask if they operate in the area you are interested in. When inspecting a new house it would be good if your realtor already knows the house well.
- How many sales have they had in the last three months?
- Realtor with a capital “R” means they are members of the National Association of Realtors or in short NAR. They follow a certain ethics code, so if they are a member, that is a plus.
- It is good if you connect with your realtor in a friendly manner.
Every house has problems
So, you have found the house that you think is the house of your dreams. But, how certain are you that it won’t become the house of your nightmares? Buying a house with many problems can turn up to be a real nightmare. Besides, if you buy a house with a big problem, you might come to a situation where you can’t repair your home. And you have to add great value to your home to be able to sell it. Of course, you need to be aware that every home has problems. And it is up to you to decide is it worth dealing with those problems. Also if the house has a couple less important problems it can be worth more and be cheaper to fix than the one that has one big problem. It all depends on how much you are willing to go and invest.
First, check the yard when inspecting a new house
The first thing you should check about the property you are interested in is the yard. Even though it is not part of the house, it can affect the house if some issues exist. And you will have to look at it every day. While looking around the yard, check the drainages. Are there any drainages at all? Are they sloping away from the house? What is their condition? What is the state of the driveway and walkway? In what state is the lawn? All this can be very significant when you are inspecting a new house before purchasing. Also, look at the state of the stone and fences. Will you have to put a lot of work into fixing the greenery before movers Biloxi MS arrive with your items? Some things are just not worth it. So think about how much are you willing to invest in the yard.
Inspecting the roof of a new house
You need to inspect your new house top to bottom. And if you want to start from the top, you can start by inspecting the roof. First, look at how it appears from the outside. Observe are the all shingles in place and do they look old. Are the flashing and trim installed on all joints? If you can’t spot any problems just by observing the exterior of the roof, you’ll need to access the attic space. Look how the construction looks from the inside and are there any signs of leaks. Water leaves clear marks on the wood so it should be easy to spot. Look at the overall state of the roof, and try to estimate how long before this roof will need to be replaced before you contact movers Oxford MS and schedule the move.
- If there is any problem with the roof it can rack up astronomical prices depending on the problem at hand
- Leaks on the roof can affect the whole house and become a real problem
- Don’t look only at the tiles but check the roof drains as well. Sometimes dirt can clog them making even more problems.
- It’s maybe best to ask for a professional opinion when dealing with roof damages as some can many be corrected fast and cheap.
Check the foundations
Even though this sounds too complicated, really it isn’t. Check the foundations by inspecting them from the outside. See if there are any cracks and similar kinds of problems. You also need to watch out if there are trees close to your new house foundations. Especially young trees. That can turn up as a problem after ten years. Tree roots can easily damage house foundations in the long run. So make sure there are no trees in the close vicinity of your house. If there is a clear or a basement you can check from the insides as well. Make sure there are no sins of water or molding.
Check the smell when inspecting a new home
If you enter a home that has many lighted candles or bowls with potpourri lying around on every corner, you need to be careful. It looks like the owners are trying to hide some nasty smell from you. It may be from the cat they hold in the house or bad plumbing. Maybe they had a fire recently and now they are trying to cover up the fact. Whatever it is you need to know. If it’s just a cat, that can be resolvable. But if it’s the recent fire in question, you need to know the effects it left on the house. Anyway, those are the things that need to be fixed before organizing the move so Spyder Moving Services MS would need to wait and the date changed. You cant move in and then deal with the problems. Well, you can but it would be harder.
Inspecting the floors of a new home with a simple marble trick
Make sure that you have a marble in your pocket when you go to inspect a new home. It can be very helpful in a situation where you want to check the floors. Simply put the marble on the floor and watch. See if the marble is moving. And check multiple places around the house. If there you find that the floor is leaning it can be a sign of foundation problems. Moreover, that can cost you very much. So make sure that you get a professional opinion on this very important matter.
After the purchase
Inspecting a new home is not easy. But, if you found your perfect home and you are preparing to move, make sure that you hire a good and reliable moving company for your relocation. Tennessee long distance movers are one of those good and reliable companies that care about your time and belongings. They will pack your items with care and transport them wherever in Tennessee you need them in the shortest time possible. Make sure the company you hire is a good one. And you can do that by simple research.
- Ask around for companies that people recommend from their experience.
- Read online reviews from reputable sites and blogs.
- Make sure the company you contact has all the needed documents.
- Safety measures and insurance are a must, as sometimes things can be broken or lost during moving.
Should you settle for less?
If you really like the house but it comes with various problems, should you settle for it? You may think now that there won’t be any houses like that one, but you are wrong. This depends on how much you can invest. If you can and want to invest large amounts of money and fix everything that’s great. But not everyone can do the same. Houses are not cheap and if you are buying one at least get something that’s worth the price. There is no reason for you to say yes to the house that is below your criteria no matter how nice it looks.
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