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What Should You Look Out For When Buying a Home?

Ever wonder why some home contracts go up in smoke during the inspection phase? It’s a common pitfall, and today, we’re diving into what you should be on the lookout for during your next home showing.

We’ve seen our fair share of deals crumble due to issues that could have been spotted early on. Here are four major elements that deserve your attention when you’re walking through a potential new home: the roof, siding, windows, and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning).

These four components often represent the most significant expenses for homeowners. So, as you stroll through that charming house, take a moment to glance at the roof, inspect the siding, check out the windows, and give a nod to the HVAC system. These are preliminary checks that can raise red flags or offer peace of mind before the official home inspection.

Speaking of inspections, it’s crucial to hire a professional to thoroughly examine every nook and cranny. A home inspector will dive into the details, ensuring that the roof isn’t on its last legs and that the HVAC system is operating smoothly. However, during your initial walkthrough, consider it a sneak peek—a chance to spot potential concerns.

Now, let’s talk foundation. This often-overlooked aspect can be a game-changer. If it’s an older home, it’s wise to think about a structural assessment. Foundations and major structural issues can lead to hefty costs down the road.

To all the first-time homebuyers out there, just know that there can be more to a home than meets the eye. Countertops and paint colors are delightful, but don’t let them distract you from the big picture. Focus on the “big four”: roof, siding, windows, and HVAC. Throw in a nod to the foundation, and you’ll be well on your way to making an informed decision.

Remember, while you may not be a home inspector, your gut feelings during the walkthrough might just save you a bundle in the long run.

Hope this helps you be more informed and make the right decision during the homebuying process. Take care!

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