Buying a new home can be thrilling and nerve-racking at the same time. Since this will be one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make, it's important to control your emotions and make a rational decision.
Don’t let the styled decor sway you into buying that Colorado house. More than anything, it is important to learn about the house’s condition so that you have a good idea of what you’re buying. Remember, this will be your Colorado home in the coming years, so it pays to check out every aspect of the property.
Here are a few things homebuyers should look out for before signing on the dotted line.
Before you say yes to your dream house, you want to make sure it is in a good location. Search for as much information as you can about the neighborhood, including the crime rate, schools, and other amenities in the area.
Is it located in a good school district? Is it easy to get public transport? Are you near grocery stores? Are you near bars or pubs that can get rowdy at night? These are especially important if you have kids. You also want to know if the area is safe or flood-prone.
Be sure to check out the roof before you set foot inside the house. This is especially important if you’re buying an old Colorado home.
When checking the roof, lookout for signs of rotting, buckling, curling, missing shingles, and damaged flashing. Examine the drainage, making sure that the downspouts and gutters are securely attached.
Check the walls for cracks. Cracks more than 2mm in width may be a serious cause of concern and may mean structural damage. Also, check the walls for corrosions or water stains. You might want to think twice if you see any of these signs, as these can cost you thousands of dollars on repair.
Examine the plumbing in the kitchen and the bathroom. Turn on the faucet and assess the water pressure. Check if the water drains quickly or slowly through the sink or tub. Now, look for evidence of leaks. Mildew in plumbing areas, sagging floors, and water stains are good indications of a water leak.