Throughout your search for your new home, you’ve no doubt found more than a few maintenance issues. Deciphering between small and large issues can prove daunting. If you need some advice on what to look for, here are some tips for you.
Check out the roof. Make sure that shingles aren’t peeling, or worse yet, missing. Depending on the age of the roof, you may need to replace the whole thing. If that is the case, make sure to work that into your overall cost consideration.
Particularly in homes with stucco, make sure that the lower few inches look okay. Even an untrained eye can easily identify damaged or bubbling stucco. Stucco is designed to last many years, but if you can see damage or bubbles, underlying issues likely exist.
If the lower few inches of exterior stucco appear discolored, look into it. Check for water damage, mold, or even foundational issues. Stucco is designed to allow water to drain; however, if the foundation was poured too high, water can gather and even seep inside the home. If you notice low stucco issues, check the subflooring throughout the home for water damage just to be safe.
Think insulation. Ask to view both the crawl space and attic. These areas offer a glimpse into the insulation of the entire home. Poor insulation creates additional heating and cooling expenses. Make sure you are able to verify the quality of insulation in use throughout the home.
Depending upon the age of the home, you may also want to look at the insulation materials. Many older insulators contain asbestos and other harmful ingredients. For the safety of you and your family, make sure to find out about the materials used to insulate your new home.
If you’re still looking for just the right home for you and your family, The Marshall is here to help. Whether you’re ready to place an offer or you’re still in the research phase, give us a call at (801) 566-9500!