It’s an undisputed fact that buying a home is a lifetime investment that requires caution. You need to be very careful not to but the wrong home or buy a home in the wrong neighborhood.

There are a series of steps that should be followed to get your dream home.  It is always recommended that you get a professional home inspection. Here are 10 things you should evaluate before buying a home so you know if you want to continue with contract or get out.  Also you can use the home inspection summary as a to do list.

The roof

The roof is the house covering and it is what keeps you and your belongings safe. It also shields you from unfavorable weather conditions. Therefore, if you would be buying a house, ensure the roof is in good condition. Most loans require the roof to have 3 to 5 years left of life.

The plumbing system

The toilet flushes, drains, faucets in the bathroom, water pressure and lots more need to be in good condition. Ensure the house plumbing system is in good condition so you won’t spend on plumbing work when you get to your new home.

The floor plan and size

Your home is for you and your family; ensure you choose a home size that can accommodate you and your family. A larger home may cost more but it is worth the investment if you know your family is growing. Location The location where you want to buy a home is instrumental in making a decision. Not only does the location affect the price, but it also affects the value, security, and availability of the home. Make sure you are buying a home in a safe place. Also, consider the proximity of home to the workplace, school districts and shopping.

Electrical systems

The electrical system in the home must be working properly to avoid accidents, injuries or added cost for repair. The home inspector will tell you if the electric panel is old or if the wiring is updated or if the panel is acceptable to insurance companies.

Kitchen Appliances

The kitchen is the everyday office of the house. The condition of the dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and other kitchen appliances should be considered. Don’t work outside your budget.

Indoor hazards

Check out for interior environmental hazard in the home so you don’t expose yourself or your family to health hazard that is detrimental to your health.  Look for the furnace heating system, asbestos, and water heaters must be less than 20 years old.  If home is older than 1978 you might check to see if the home had lead-based paint.

Structural problems

An old house might not be in the perfect condition but don’t buy a house with significant structural problems. Buying a house with numerous structural problems means you will end up spending money trying to fix the problems and might not be able to get insurance.

The bathrooms and bedrooms

Make a decision on how many bathroom and bedroom you want in your house. You can always change the color and update bathrooms cheaper than adding a whole bathroom.

The exterior is also important

Lastly, the exterior part of the house should be assessed because it also plays a major role when you want to buy a home.  Beside looking good  make sure you have your requirements, enough landscaping, garage, and fence. Buckner Homes Realty helps their customers with every aspect of the home buying process.  We help you coordinate all the pieces of the puzzle.  Call us today to see how we can help you.