The home buying process can be exciting and overwhelming, specially for first time homebuyers. Sometimes I find my self playing the role of a firefighter, pouring water on my clients’ excitement to keep the fire under control and bring them back to the rational world! LOL
When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted
by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the
spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to
make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive
maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.
Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the
furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing
when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a
smarter decision about the home you’re considering.
How do you do that?
First of all you should work with a Realtor that you trust and will play the “firefighter” role when needed!
Never fall in love with a home…until it is yours! When emotions are high, you might end up overpaying or overlooking problems.
When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the
home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and
appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you
might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they’re due to be
replaced in a year.
Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and
windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of
repair or replacement sometime soon?
Finally, don’t forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets,
bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years.
Of course, there are things you can’t see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting,
and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon.
That’s why it’s so important to make any offer to purchase a home
conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.