Avoid These Mistakes When Buying a Home
Are you very in love with a house and are a meticulous homeowner? If so, here are a few tips to deeply inspect a new home when going to the open house.
- Are the trim and fittings tight? Are there any cracks?
- Does the paint cover the surface and trim smoothly?
- Has landscaping been installed according to the terms of the contract?
- Exterior Concrete Slabs: Inspect concrete for exposed steel or damage. Clean off any mud, drywall or other material that may dirty the concrete.
- Stone and Masonry: Inspect stone and masonry for damage or missing mortar.
- Siding: Inspect siding for any discoloration, damage or gaps.
- Is the interior of the home washed and clean?
- Exterior Stains and Railings: Inspect surfaces for exposed steel, protruding objects or damage. Check that stairs and railings are secure. Listen for unusual popping or creaking.
- Is the painting satisfactory in all rooms, closets and stairways?
- Did the painters miss any spots?
Doors and Windows
- Do they open and close easily?
- Is the glass properly in place? Is there any loose or cracked?
- Locks should be operational and also inspect doorbells for proper operation.
- Slider door should open and close with ease.
- Garage doors: Inspect garage doors for damage. Operate garage door to make sure that the door stays on its crack and opens and closes completely. Test safety stop feature using a box or brick.
- Is the carpet tight? Do the seams match?
- Are there any ridges or seam gaps in the vinyl tile or linoleum?
- Vinyl: Inspect vinyl flooring for stains, bubbles, depressions, ridges or damage.
- Are wooden floors properly finished?
- Are there any cracking or popping of the floor joists when walking through the home?