What to Look for When Home Shopping – Home Buying Course Session 7

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What to Watch Out for When Looking at a Home


The Roof

The roof is a significant deal maker or breaker. It’s possible that a lender will withhold loaning money on a property until a satisfactory roof is in place. So the application here is to take a long and hard look at the roof from where you stand. Ask you agent what their opinion is on the roof. And, if you are able and willing channel your inner Spiderman and go on top of the roof to really see what’s going on. But do this in a safe way where you and anyone else will not be injured.


What’s That Smell? It’s Mold

There are a couple of obvious signs that a home may have mold:

-Discoloration of paint specifically on the ceiling

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-Damp smells or something similar anywhere especially near the ceiling area

-Water or wet ANYTHING and anywhere is BAAAAAAAAAAAD. If there is water anywhere that could mean there is a roof leak or plumbing that needs to be replaced. Super big red flag.


I Am A Minimalist,  But Not For This

Turn on all sinks and let them run for a minimum of five minutes. I learned this trick from the rather brief stint working for a general contractor. Yes, this does use some water but the reality is you will save yourself a decent amount of time and money if you figure this out. No leaks and you’re good to go! Some leaks…. Take a hard look at what’s happening under the sink.

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Count the Power Outlets & Ask About Amperage

We are using more and more electronic devices each year. Homes built in the 1950s and 1960s had one television in the family room and no laptops, computers or smartphones. Needless to say, we use far more electricity today than before. Make sure you know how much power your house can handle.


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