Buying a home is a big deal. Not only do you want to find a place you can afford, but it should also have the amenities you want, be in a relatively safe area, and not be in such a state of disrepair that you’re going to have to spend a lot of time and money in the future fixing it.
But, with so many things to look for, it can be hard to keep track of what would make a home a desirable choice for you. In order to help you make the best decision possible, here are a few things you should be informed about when shopping for your next home.
1. The Condition of the Foundation
The foundation of a home includes the actual beneath-ground foundation as well as the framework within the walls. Most homes are built with a concrete foundation and wooden framework for the wall system. Some concrete block homes use a sturdier foundation, though.
If the home you’re looking at has a wooden framework, as most homes do, then check to make sure the walls and insulation are airtight. Wooden framework can work but you need airtight insulation if you want to prevent air leaks and moisture intrusion.
You should also check for cracks or unevenness in the foundation base. If a home has an uneven or shifting foundation it can cause the entire home to shift, making windows and doors not close properly and lowering energy efficiency by a great deal.
2. When the Last Major Remodel Was Done
This one especially applies to older homes, as they might have outdated materials in them. A home with really old materials might not be the most energy-efficient and could be prone to fires and damage from weather events.
Regardless of the age of the home or its materials, however, it’s always nice to know the home you’re moving into has had at least one major remodel done in recent years. This could be a kitchen countertop install, new engineered hardwood flooring, or a variety of remodeling projects that add value to the home.
3. What the Surrounding Area is Like
This can refer to both the neighborhood and the actual land around your home. You probably would prefer a low-crime area with a friendly neighborhood and no sex-offenders, especially if you have children. However, you should also check to see if there are any noisy highways or trains nearby.
Flooding concerns and other environmental threats should also be identified, as well as soil type. Soil type could be important if you want to grow a garden or have a certain type of grass in your yard.
Learn These Things about a Home Before Buying It
All three of the areas we’ve covered here should be thoroughly inspected before you buy a home. By asking questions and addressing the quality of your foundation and the surrounding area, as well as when the last big remodel was, you can ensure your new home won’t cause you any major trouble in the future.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.