Things to Look for When Buying a New Home
Tips for Home Buyers
Looking for your new dream home? It can be a tough market out there. It’s difficult to balance budgets with the ideal location and the quality of the house itself. Considering all of these factors can quickly become overwhelming. One of the most important things that you can do ahead of time is to research, research, research! It’s important to know all about the neighborhoods you want to consider living in, the market value prices for homes in various locations, and to be prepared with a checklist of all the things that are important to you in a home. Here are a few important things to consider before signing on the dotted line for that new home:
Be Hands On (Literally)
When touring a house, touch everything from faucets to doorknobs to toilets. Make sure all the obvious things are working as they should. Look underneath the kitchen sink to check for leaks. If you are seriously considering buying a certain house, go beyond what the eye can see. This is the time to enlist the help of a professional who can detect problems that might be lurking under surface of those beautiful hardwood floors. Armed with the knowledge of any hidden problems in your new home, you can be prepared for any future costs and repairs.
Check out the Roof
Roof replacements are a huge project, and they are not easy on the wallet. When looking at a house, try to examine the roof. Does it look relatively new or old? Ask about how long it has been since it was replaced. If there are obvious signs of damage, that’s a sign of a big problem for you and your new home in the next few years, as you could be dealing with leaks, holes, and other issues.
Too Hot, Too Cold, or Just Right?
Find out how old the heating and cooling systems are, and what type they are. Old or inefficient heating and cooling systems could end up wasting you thousands of dollars on repairs, replacements, and inefficient energy use. A house with an automated HVAC system is definitely a plus. These systems use energy in the most efficient way, monitoring when to turn on and off or up and down.
Whether you are buying a new home or sprucing up an old home, ACS is here to help with all your smart building and automation needs. Call ACS today at (913) 248-8828.