When going around looking for a new home, one is likely to get carried away very easily. The panoramic backyard, the swanky kitchen, or sky-is-the-limit rooftop can tempt you to make an immediate offer without wasting a moment in looking for the other seemingly micro details.
However, it is essential to go back and spend more time in validating the details that seem trivial but are the bare necessities in disguise. These are the things that are mostly considered not worthy of a second thought or glance. The very same things are the ones that in the end, emerge as the ones for which the buyer has to pay a big price. Let us take a look at what these issues are and how to look beyond the obvious charm and delve into the practical details:
Check for the jammed windows. In times of a crisis it is exigent for all rooms to have at least one window that can be easily opened. The locking system of every window should be checked for its level of security. Check if the glass panes are fitted right. Are the windows equipped with tight thermal seals (that help in the regulation of room temperature)?
Check for any crevices, cracks, curvature flaws and burrows in the floors. Find out whether there is another sheet of flooring below the carpet layer, tiling, or lamination. Is the base levelled? In case it is not, it is indicative of seepage, water clogging, or a case of bad structuring.
A basement that looks like a piece of consummate art might be concealing underneath, an overabundance of problems ranging from leakages to mold or gaps that may serve as a breeding ground for infestations. Keep a high-beamed flashlight to scrutinize cautiously the nooks and wall-ends inspect underneath the fittings and interior decor.
Changing the rooftop is an expensive affair. Check how long back was the last time the roof had been worked on or renovated and the kind of work that was carried out; replacement or partly repair, etc. Inspect whether there are any marks of damage from the external environment changes, surroundings, etc.
Having a deeper insight into the apparent details: Is the surrounding traffic a bad dream during peak hours? Is there a transportation system of good repute close by? Is your home having green belts, schools and educational and medical facilities and places of entertainment within its vicinity?
If the home has no garage or a covered parking, is there enough space in the driveway to park your vehicle? How about visitors’ parking facility? Is the street good enough for that or maybe there is a separate visitors’ parking area nearby?
After having checked every detail and ensuring that nothing has been missed out, make an offer that is fair enough, depending on the results of the home inspection. Hiring an honest home inspector is not a bad idea because he is a professional to delve deeper into every associated aspect. Getting him to check on every piece is important for your peace of mind!