Viewing a new home for the first time can be a truly overwhelming experience. There is the excitement of contemplating where you may be moving to and all the changes that go along with relocation and there are a million things to look for in order to see that all is right. So that you are not completely overwhelmed by the experience, we’ve put together some useful tips to help you make the most of your house viewing.
- Meet the homeowner: Quizzing the homeowner will help you get a comprehensive idea of the changes that have occurred to the house over time. Moreover, you may also be able to get a sense of how the home was maintained by assessing the homeowner’s demeanor, attire, etc.
- Check the floors: By carefully examining the floors of the home, you may be able to detect a great many problems such as structural flaws, plumbing defects, etc. In particular, look for unusual sagging or dipping near the bathroom. In other words, you will want to know that the foundations are there to support a good home.
- Fresh paint: How can this be a bad thing? Some home sellers try to hide a multitude of sins by painting over things such as termite damage, mold, etc. If you encounter an older looking home that has had fresh paint applied to it be cautious.
- Check the roof: Replacing a roof is one of the most expensive renovations a homeowner can encounter. In order to determine the age of a roof, look to see if it has loose, missing, or curled shingles. Also, ask the homeowner when the roof was last replaced or repaired. Finally, look for leaks in all part of the home.
- Check the water heater: While the cost of a new water heater is not prohibitive – 500 to 1,000 dollar – it can be a major inconvenience when they fail. Check to make sure that the water heater is intact so that you will have one less thing to worry about when you move in.
- Check the landscape: One thing that is often overlooked by home buyers is the landscape. In particular, look for overgrown trees near the property. They can pose a danger to the home by being a fire hazard. Also, trees too near the home may cause the gutters to fill often or they may cause bug infestations to occur.
Of course, this list is by no means comprehensive. There are many cautions that you should take before buying a new home. You should prepare yourself for a home viewing by bringing a list of questions with you. When you have chosen the home you wish to buy, then our Pasadena moving company can help you relocate. We have the best moving and storage in Los Angeles and even have designer moving services.