Spacious, own territory, farm, garden - these are some of the "charms" for which people move from high-rise buildings to individual houses. If the future owner has already weighed all the drawbacks and pluses, reconciled with the need for regular care of private property, it is time to move on to the most important point - the choice of the house and the conduct of all activities before the purchase.
Choosing a home should begin with answers to some questions that will help you decide what to look for and what not to miss.
● How many people will live in the house?
● Will the residence be permanent or seasonal?
● Are you ready to repair right after you buy a house, or are you better off finding a finished object?
● Are you planning a renovation or an extension?
● Which type of heating do you consider most suitable for you?
● Are you ready to pay for the services of real estate agents or will you do everything yourself?
Once you have answered these questions, start searching and visiting the objects. You can either call the ads yourself and arrange a meeting with the owners, or contact a real estate agency. Specialist will help you save time and effort, as well as secure the transaction on the legal side.
Shortcomings of the house are better seen in spring.
If you have decided to buy a house in the spring, this is the best time to look around. Melt and ground water will immediately show the buyer whether there is underflooding in the basement and whether the foundation is sufficiently protected against water penetration. Raw corners in the basement should be worrying.
You have to go buy a house with a good builder who knows how to build it: from the foundation to the roof. Sometimes scary houses are so beautifully disguised, but inside there are cracks on the walls and on the foundation. It is impossible to hide flaws from the professional view of the builder.
Roof is an important and very expensive part of the house. Let's take a private example. The invited Tornado Roofing & Contracting once discovered that there was one violation during the construction: the waterproofing material was laid on the wrong side of the roof. Over time, the insulation became soaked and unfit, the rafters rotted, which led to the appearance of fungus. The owners had to block the copper roof again. If they found out before they bought the house, their family budget would have saved about $3,000. It's also worth checking to see if the drainage system is set up properly.
It is necessary to pay attention to what the house is built out of. A brick is preferable, of course, but it's more expensive. You should look at the heating. There is a demand for central heating. But lately, with the advent of long-life boilers, stove heating is also gaining popularity. It all comes down to the buyer's budget.
To check the heating, experts recommend turning on the boiler first thing and touching all the batteries after half an hour to see if hot water is coming in everywhere. It is not superfluous to check the presence of taps to drain the batteries. Also ask to turn on the electricity and water everywhere.
If the doors squeak when they are opened, it is most likely because the house is not properly shrunk. Windows should also open easily. There should be no moisture in the double glazing chambers.
In each individual case, additional items may appear and must be checked. For example, sometimes there is even a need to conduct a review of the seller's legal capacity so that the transaction is not later invalidated.