There are so many things to think about when you’re buying a house, it’s impossible not to miss something. The list is endless, and no house is going to meet every single little requirement you can think of. No house is going to be completely perfect. But there are a few things that are easy enough to miss, but far too important to ignore.
Make sure to get the roof of your potential home inspected and ask the previous owner when the last time they did maintenance was and repairs was. It might not be as impressive as those envy-inducing granite countertops or the absolutely stunning master bath that you’re in love with, but it’s just as important. If something goes wrong with your roof, it can cause a cascade of damage all the way through the rest of your house.
A bad house foundation should be an absolute dealbreaker when it comes to house-buying. Damaged foundations should be fixed as soon as possible, but it’s something that’s easy to miss if you’re not specifically looking for it.
Like the roof and the foundation, problems with the wiring can spell complete disaster. Bad wiring can lead to flickering lights, fried electronics or — worse of all — house fires. Unlike roof problems and foundation issues, they can be much harder to spot, as most wiring is closed up in the walls. Make sure to get a professional inspection done to ensure that the house is completely safe before you move in.
It may seem like a hassle at the time. You’re excited about your new home, after all. Doubtless you want to move in right away. Given that this house is going to be your home, it’s well worth it to take the time to do things right.