What should you consider before buying a new home?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:09 AM on Jan. 27, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • If the roof and the foundation is in good condition then you are set, if either of those have a problem than it is too much to fix and move on to another house
    Mikayla_lynn

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 12:15 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • I offer advice of checking the piping!!!! Make sure it does not have those plastic grey pipes. Look for water damages. Check ceilings to make sure they are smooth and have not been redone in spots. Check wood around baseboards and doors.
    VaDivaMom

    Answer by VaDivaMom at 7:44 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • get the house inspected its worth the couple of dollars.
    tabbys4

    Answer by tabbys4 at 8:48 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Check all the little things tht a home inspector would not check unless you paid him more. Run water in all the sinks and tubs for a while to make sure there are no leaks around them. Depending on what kind of money you want to put in the place afterwards the little things tend to add up.
    ediedawn

    Answer by ediedawn at 8:53 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Definitely get the house inspected. And don't buy the first house you see, look at a few.
    feesharose

    Answer by feesharose at 12:51 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Check all plumbing, roof, foundation, basement for water marks, leakages... cracks on the basement floor if not a finished one...cracked outside walls/foundations... Depending on how much you are planning to put into the house... furnace (age of it) all windows... can they open... older homes tend to have their windows sealed... are you going to replace them??? Check all walls, electrical -- outlets, in and out doors... wiring in all rooms (light fixtures) also check the circuit boxes... are there enough, are they fuses or circuit breakers... Check attic spaces for leaks and insulation... make yourself a check list... what you do and don't want to replace (at least not right away in some cases) and then compare your notes to the findings... (dh is a licensed broker... kinda embedded in me...lol....)


     Good luck with your home...

    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 1:14 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • It's already been said but "Get the Home Inspected"...ours was $300 but they look at everything and you are there with them so they can show you any concerns. It's definately worth the piece of mind! Wouldn't hurt to test it for mold either...

    deedee3849

    Answer by deedee3849 at 7:10 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • I would suggest to have a building inspetor check out the home you are considering buying.He will look over the house from top to bottum.I wish we would had done that.If you can not afford a building inspector,then ask how old the roof,furnance,central air unit and if the electric is up to date.Make sure you flush every toilet,turn on every sink.If the house comes with a water softener ask how old that is.If the home is older then have it checked for lead.Also make sure the house is going to grow with your kids,because when they grow the house should accomidate their size.Also ask the neighbors about the neighborhood.Ask how many rental properties are on the block.Our block has 8 rental houses and five houses that the homeowners live in( that includes ours).Also check for the Sex Offenders if any of them live in that neighborhood.
    Jeffsmom87

    Answer by Jeffsmom87 at 8:36 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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  • Check for weak spots in the floor.
    summerray5

    Answer by summerray5 at 9:11 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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