You should never let the styled décor deceive you too much since there is a lot more to your new home that how much you hate or love the décor. Many homeowners on Long Island and all over the United States have learned the hard way that there are crucial aspects you should check and inspect before signing the paperwork to purchase a new house. While you will probably have a professional Long Island home inspector to perform the inspection and look all over the house to ensure it is rodent-free, flood damage free and pest free, there are a few aspects that fall in a different category. If you are serious about buying the house, it definitely pays to be thorough with your inspection. Besides, a proper inspection could be the difference between landing in a costly nightmare and living in your dream house. Many people stage a house before selling so here are some of the things you should inspect before buying a house.
1. Check the Drains
While this might just sound silly, many homeowners have had to live in homes that have had drainage issues, even after professional inspectors verified that everything was in order. Somewhere between the sewer line and the house, there could be a problem. It could be a collapsed pipe or broken tree branches, but all the same, a clogged drain could be difficult to spot unless you run gallons of water, fill up the sinks and tubs and let them try to drain at the same time. Never overlook a drain inspection.
One of the most important parts of your potential Long Island home is the roof. If the roofing from the street looks brittle, moldy or patched up this is not a great sign. I would also peak in the attic and see if you see any signs of water damage above on the ceiling of the attic, rafters or even on the attic floor. Water can find its way into many things and the last thing you need is water damage.
3. Turn On The Faucets
While changing faucets is not rocket science, no one likes the job of laying under their cabinet trying to reach for the sky with some fancy tools to get some things replaced or removed. Before you can buy your dream home, be sure to inspect all faucets to eliminate the backache associated with replacing faucets. Moreover, faulty facets could pile up your water bill even when you have only used a few gallons of water in a month.
4. Insect The Fireplace
While most chimneys are often installed by experts, you should not assume that they are all always in the best shape. Cleaning a chimney is just a call to a local Long Island chimney sweep specialist, but knowing whether the fireplace in your house draft correctly is another different thing. Make sure no smoke makes its way back into the home.
5. Basement Moisture
While home inspectors will have sniffed this out beforehand, be sure to look for any indications of dampness. While the walls might not appear wet, check for materials like pieces of silica and dehumidifiers that absorb humidity from the atmosphere. And if the homeowner was smart enough to remove these items, inspect places near outlets where such things might have sat for some time. Many Long Island homes close to the north shore and south shore are prone to water problems so be sure to inspect carefully. Also if you are looking into purchasing a long Island foreclosed home make sure you look through every room, floor, plumbing and electric as many of these foreclosures sit without occupancy for many months and even years.
BONUS TIP: Open All Doors and Windows
Replacing windows isn’t the best home improvement project to perform, and it is not cheap either. As you view your potential house whether it be in Nassau or Suffolk County on Long Island, be sure to open all windows and doors to see if they stick, whether they are stuck or are just plain old pieces of glass that will not open. While this might not seem important, it is an excellent way to gauge other parts of the house.