Buying Your First Home as a Couple

October 6, 2009 | 3 Comments

A home purchase is the largest investment any couple can make. It’s a place where you will build your lives together, entertain friends and family and raise your children. One of the most important things to do before you buy a home is to have it inspected. Make sure the inspector is certified and licensed. The inspection should include everything on the property. If there are any items in need of repair make sure the seller corrects them before closing. Also, insist that the seller hire a qualified professional contractor to make the needed repairs.

When looking through the house, look for uneven floorboards, does that do not open and close right, wood rot, wavy roof lines, the odor of mold, poor repairs made previously, cracks in the walls or foundation, sink holes or any large low lying puddles of water around the house. If a structural problem is found, make sure a structural engineer, a licensed contractor and a certified home inspector are all involved in the repairs.

If the home is made of brick or stucco look for cracks. If it’s made of wood or vinyl, look for open joints, buckling or warped vinyl.  There should not be large trees growing too close to the foundation. If a large tree is within 10 feet of the house the roots could cause foundation problems. The roof quality should also be a consideration. A good inspector will include potential problems and solutions that may not be a problem now, but could pose a problem later on. It’s so much better to be safe than sorry!


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