HOW TO SPOT DEFECTS WHEN BUYING A HOME


Defects in homes run the gamut of minor to major repairs and knowing what to look for from
the beginning can prove to be a major cost saving in the future of your home ownership.
The following items are suggestions or signs of potential defects.

INTERIOR

In the attic area check for water damage and air penetration. With the walls and ceilings check for buckling, cracks, nail pops, water stains or water damage. Air filtration, wood and water damage should also be checked with the windows and doors. On the floor level check for uneven surfaces, dry rot, mold growth and water damage

EXTERIOR

Check the roof for damaged shingles, faulty flashing or excess mold build up which signals old shingles. Make sure there are enough vents and gutters, because not enough could cause moisture problems. Water damage and buckling of siding could suggest a moisture problem that is costly to repair. Foundation repairs can be costly and are prone to older homes due to settling. A quick overview of the property to check for insufficient drainage can tell you a lot about the stability of the home.

PLUMBING

Plumbing problems range from leaky faucets to severely clogged drains and running toilets. Plumbing repairs can be expensive depending on the severity of the problems.

ELECTRICAL

When inspecting the wiring of the property check for too few light switches and outlets, dangerous connections, inadequate overload protection, insufficient amperage. These types of repairs involve local ordinance code, requiring permits and inspections.

HEATING/COOLING

Try to determine the age of the system. Broken or malfunctioning controls, leaking ducts or units older than 10 to 15 years could mean repairs as expensive as replacing the entire system.

Many of the items listed can be visually inspected on your own when viewing the property the first time. To protect yourself we recommend getting a professional inspection done before the closing if any potential problems were noted. Cost is in the range of several hundred dollars for a thorough inspection and usually is well worth the expense. There are several reputable home inspectors in the area and probably can be contacted through the Acadian Home Builders Association. Knowing what needs to be fixed and what it will cost is vital to negotiating a good deal for property.