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Top 8 Things to Consider When Inspecting Your House

Before buying a home, there are a few things warranting your attention that you will need to consider. For a fact, there are many problems that could be hiding, leave alone the petty ones that are easy to fix such as peeling paint. Pay attention to the more significant issues that pretty much determine the value of your house such as:

  • The quality of the floor

The quality of the floor will determine the kind of damage that is prone to it. For instance, a floor made of wood may be susceptible to insects such as carpenter ants that destroy wood. Conduct thorough inspections to check out any floor areas that might be having weak wood. Also, tiled or carpeted floors are not an exception since they can cause other issues if they are not examined carefully.

  • The foundation of the building

This is a critical aspect to consider in your inspection. Failure to do so can bring about issues that will be extremely expensive for you. For a buyer, you will want to ensure that the base on which your walls are standing is stable.

  • The electric system

In this system, pay close attention to key features such as the tube wiring and the knob. This will ensure your safety by helping you avoid incidents such as electric shock and overheating which may lead to fires among others.

  • The water drainage system of the house

A faulty drainage system in the house is likely to cause damage to the flooring, especially if its made of wood. Check out any possible leaks beneath the surface of the house that are likely to cause molds to ensure your home is safe, as much as your health.

Furthermore, water found in the vicinity of the house is likely to cause damage to the foundation, especially when it’s flowing towards it. Ensure that spouts and gutters in the house are functioning correctly to prevent damage to your foundation.

  • The house oil tank

Cleaning up a mess that has been caused by a faulty oil tank can be costly. If you intend to purchase a house which is heated by gas, conduct your inspection to make sure that an oil tank that was possibly used in the past is not there or is non-functional to ascertain that there won’t be any cases of underground leakages

  • The roofing of the house

Before buying a house, find out how old the roof is and in case of any problems or adverse conditions, they should be looked into before you move in.

  • The house’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system

Be sure to inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of a house before you move in. If the system is in good condition, in most cases, it may become faulty one way or another due to wear and tear over time.

  • Waste systems

Most houses have a septic system and sewer pipes. Be sure to check the condition of the septic tank, especially if it’s an old house. A tank that is in good condition should not cave-in.

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