Can your Agent point out the major components of the House
Agents arn't home inspectors or necessarily contractors; however they should be able to identify the major components of the home and point out to you issues that a home inspector may point out. I always tell clients I can tell you wether a home inspection is going to be satisfactory, but I can point out issues that will come up in an inspection.
When you see a new home you like on the
market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the
wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining.
You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any
expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.
Nothing lasts forever. The major components
of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced
eventually. Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help
you make a smarter decision about the home you're considering.
How do you do that?
When viewing a property, ask for the age of
the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air
conditioner, water heater, and appliances. Roof shingles may look merely
weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left –
when, in fact, they're due to be replaced in a year.
Also pay close attention to the backyard
deck, fencing, flooring, and windows. Do any of those components look aged,
worn, and in need of repair or replacement sometime soon?
Finally, don't forget to check the kitchen
and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a
life-span of about 10-15 years.
Of course, there are things you can't see,
such as wiring, plumbing, venting, and other components of a property that may
require maintenance soon. That's why it's so important to make any offer to purchase
a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.
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