When you’re in the process of house hunting, you probably have a list of things you want in a potential home. This might include multiple bedrooms, multiple bathrooms or a swimming pool in the backyard. What you might not have at the top of your list is how secure, stable and sound the home’s structure is so that it’ll last for years without having to be fully repaired. Sure, as a homeowner, you should expect to do some minor maintenance from time to time to keep the property looking its best, but if the home has an infestation or a driveway that is old and crumbling, this is a more major investment that will affect you sooner rather than later.
Before buying any house and closing the deal, have a qualified inspector go in and do a thorough evaluation of the home. The inspector will evaluate the roof, basement, substructure, foundation, walls, septic system and driveway of the home to give you an estimate of future repair work. While hiring one of these professionals costs a fee, you can add in the cost to the closing of the home or take it as a minor investment into the security of your future. After all, having a simple inspection that costs a few hundred dollars is nothing compared to the thousands you’d spend repairing damage that you didn’t see before making your purchase.
Buying a brand new home is the largest investment you’ll ever make in your life, so you need to know that your hard-earned money is going into a property that will last for years before it has to have any major work done on it. Another aspect of a home to look for is a warranty that guarantees that any found work will be covered by the warranty company.