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Friday, 01 January 2016, 01:35:00 PM

What to Look For in a New Home

Buying a new home in Canada can be a tricky process. One minute you think you are looking at the perfect home for you and your family, and the next minute you’re discovering that the home will need more in repairs than it is actually worth. Below is a small list of things to consider when you are purchasing your new home. Keeping these things in mind could save you thousands of dollars!

Check the Roof

You need to know what type of material the roof on your new home will be made out of. Roofs may be made out of wood, asphalt, tar and gravel, or steel. Each of these materials lasts a different amount of time and will cost a different amount to replace. Wooden roofs are most likely to be replaced upon buying the home unless the roof has been redone recently. The good news is that this material is relatively affordable to replace. Steel roofs on the other hand may never need to be replaced unless you notice a significant defect in what has already been laid down. If you find yourself having to replace a steel roof, you may want to sit down and breathe before you look at the bill! The point here is simply that you have to know what material you are dealing with, what condition the roof is in, and how much it will cost to replace. 

check out your home before buyingCheck the Foundation and Exterior

If the home you are looking into has a cracked foundation, consider looking elsewhere. Foundations with problems are sure to cause you and your family a considerable amount of anxiety. These sorts of fixes are extremely costly if they are even able to be fixed. You cannot forgo looking at the foundation before buying a home.

The condition of the exterior of the home is also incredibly important. Many homes may need a new layer of paint or a simple scrubbing and will look brand new. These fixes may cost you a few hundred dollars at first, but you are sure to be happy with the outcome. If you look closely and the home’s exterior is made up of rotting wood, cracked siding, or crumbling concrete, you may want to consider a new home. These fixes, while doable, are usually pretty costly as well. You want to move into a home that doesn’t need to be completely redone to be safe to live in. These exterior fixes could potentially delay the move-in process. Be aware of any faults you see on the outside of your home!

Check Out the Interior

There are many things to look for inside of the home. Are appliances included? Do those need to be replaced? Is there water damage or mold anywhere in the home? Are you willing or able to clean that up? Has the home recently been inspected for such things as electrical wiring issues? 

Make sure that when you move into a home with your family, you are moving into a safe home. Do not settle for water damage and mold in the bathroom if you don’t have to. Have you seen an inspection report for electrical wiring? Make sure that these reports as well as any other inspection reports are readily available for your viewing. It will cost much more to have the house inspected once you are an owner than it will to have the previous owner pay to have the house inspected. You don’t want to be surprised by all of the tiny faults that may pop up if the home has not been recently inspected.

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