Buying a new house can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. With all this excitement, don’t be sidelined by checking some crucial aspects of the home before you make an offer!

1. The Roof You’re Putting Over Your Head

The age of the property’s roof is important as these are very expensive to replace. Normally a shingle roof will last from anything from 15 to 50 years. A metal roof will last even longer! When viewing your property check for any loose, curled or missing shingles.

2. What lies beneath:

Plumbing is another crucial issue and always be sure to check that the toilets, sinks, and faucets function correctly. Have a look under the sink to check for any leaking pipes and have a taste of the water!

3. Stay comfortable all year long

Heating and cooling units can also be wildly expensive to replace. These normally last for around 20 to 25 years. Check on the unit for a sticker showing the year in which it was installed and that regular maintenance has been done!

4. Don’t be shocked! Check the electrical supply

The home’s electrical supply should be at least 100 Amps as most lenders require this as a minimum for a bank loan. To view the Amps, open the panel box where the main shutoff will display the Amps.

5. Invest in insulation

The condition of the windows tells a good story. It is always wise to check all the windows to see if they open and shut correctly and to ask whether the home has double-paned windows as this helps to preserve energy.

6. Buying a home with a basement?

Finally, do not hesitate to have a look in the basement for any water penetration and any large cracks in the walls as this could indicate structural problems. 

Remember, if in doubt speak to your realtor or hire a property inspector to assist you!
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