Tips When Buying A Home From – Trusted Contractor, MIKE HOLMES
Buying a house is one of the biggest investments you will ever make — make it a smart one! Do your research, ask questions and bring in the pros when you need to.
When you buy a new home you have two options: Buy new or buy used.
Most people will tell you that buying a new house will save you headaches and money, from things like major repairs or maintenance issues.
Not the case. I’ve seen brand new homes, not even two years old, need brand new roofs or exteriors because things weren’t done right the first time.
If you’re buying a new house always research the builder. Are previous homeowners happy? What issues have they run into and what has the builder done to solve them? And if you’re buying a used home get a home inspection!
Too many times I’ve seen homebuyers fall in a love with a house — with the finishes, crown-moulding, newly renovated kitchen or Jacuzzi in the master suite — then when they buy it all that wonderful stuff they fell in love with has to be ripped out to fix a major problem, like a plumbing issue, leak or worse, mould.
Be smart. Get a home inspection with thermal imaging. This can help detect heat loss, moisture, potential leaks and electrical problems. And hire a home inspector who is an accredited Level 1 Thermographer, has a background in construction, and at least 5 years experience or a thousand home inspections under their belt.
Home inspections can help save you money. They protect your investment and catch expensive, and potentially dangerous problems. Here are the most common to watch out for:
1. INSULATION & VENTILATION ISSUES IN THE ATTIC. The attic should be properly sealed, ventilated and insulated with a minimum of 12–15 inches of blown-in insulation.
Otherwise,you will get heat loss. Heat loss not only leads to high energy bills but it can also cause a number of problems, such as ice damming on the roof and mould in the attic. Heat loss can also wear out your roof and shingles prematurely.
2. GRADING & DRAINAGE ISSUES ON THE PROPERTY. Every house should have a minimum five-degree slope away from the foundation. That’s a one-inch slope for every foot. This helps protect against basement leaks and moisture issues, which can lead to mould, rot and poor indoor air quality.
Look for puddles on the property, as well as water stains on the wall and ceiling or a musty smell in the basement.
3. BAD ELECTRICAL. There should be only one type of electrical wiring in the home; either copper, aluminum or knob and tube. Mixing different types of electrical wiring has been known to cause electrical fires. If a home has knob and tube wiring most insurance companies will either want it removed or certified as safe by a licensed electrical contractor, which will cost you.
4. MISSING OR UNSAFE HANDRAILS & GUARDRAILS. Tripping and falling is the number one cause of death or injury at home. These types of accidents are typically due to uneven stairs, missing handrails, or railings that are weak or too low. You need a handrail when there are more than three treads or steps, and the handrail should be installed between 32 and 36 inches above the stair treads.
5. STRUCTURAL ISSUES. Problems with structure are very expensive to fix. Look for wide cracks in the foundation. If it can fit a dime get it checked by a structural engineer. Also watch for doors that stick; cracks along walls and ceilings, uneven floors, and baseboards that have separated from the floor.
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