What to look for when buying a used home
A recently built, brand new home has many advantages, but homeowners should consider used homes which can suit their needs just as well. Regardless if it is new or previously owned, home buyers need to consider various factors such as location and general infrastructure in their potential new home so that they know what they are getting. Here are a few important aspects to consider before buying a used home.
- Roof: Regardless of whether you live in an area that is prone to strong rains and wind, you need to evaluate the condition of the home’s roof. Confirm what type of material it is made of, as some last longer than others, and make sure it is not caving in. Ask when it was installed and how many years you will have before needing to replace this costly improvement. The climate and weather of the locations will affect how long roofs last.
- Location: This is one of the most important aspects to consider when looking for your ideal home. Is the house near schools, parks, bus stops, cultural centers or supermarkets? Having reasonable proximity to those stores and services that help you in your daily living will make this a stronger investment if that is what you are looking for. For others, the privacy of distance from city life may have more appeal.
- General infrastructure: Take a look around the house. Do some of the appliances or floors seem old? Do you see cracks in the bathrooms or other areas? Are the floors sloped? Are there hair cracks on the walls, which could suggest a shift in the foundation? Make sure all of your household amenities are working properly and won’t need to be replaced in the immediate future.
- Try before you buy: While viewing the home, turn on the appliances and try out the faucets, toilet, lights, and air conditioning. Make sure the light switches are functioning properly. This is one of the benefits of entering your potential new home in advance, but some buyers are shy and hold off from making sure everything is working as it should.
- Hire an inspector: An inspector can save you a lot of money in the long run, because they are the ones who will evaluate the home for potentially costly issues that may not be apparent during your viewing or to the naked eye. You hire the inspector so they can check for issues such as hidden mold or moss, a faulty ventilation system, hazardous materials, and other issues that could turn your investment into a nightmare. Having an inspector can give you the peace of mind that everything in the house is in good shape and operable, or at least to be financially prepared to make the suggested repairs if you decide to buy the house.
Used homes can be the right choice for first-time homebuyers or people who want to downsize or expand their living conditions. At Vámonos Realty we want to help you find the house that is perfect for you. Contact us today, and we’ll walk you through the process of buying a home. We want to help put you in the home of your dreams.