Finding The Perfect House

3 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing A Home

Buying a new house is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, process, but don't just jump at the first home that catches your eye. Although a certain home may seem to have everything you want, such as a big yard, a swimming pool, or a great kitchen, there may be major issues beneath the surface.

To avoid buying a home you regret, take the time to thoroughly research the home's history and the area it's in, as well as hire a reputable inspector to make sure everything is as good as it seems. While many problems can be fixed after you've moved into the new house, there are some issues you'll want to avoid.

To choose the best house for your family, ask yourself these three questions before making a purchase:

1. What Is Age and Condition of the Roof? 

Even if a house looks perfect, it will still be good to have the roof checked out before signing a binding contract. If it's between 15 and 20 years old, ask if its shingles have been replaced recently. That is about the age that most asphalt roof tiles begin to show wear and tear, and replacing them can be costly. If the tiles are made out of other, more durable materials, such as concrete or metal, they may have a longer lifespan.

If the inspector finds a problem with your dream house's roof, don't panic. You may be able to work out a deal with the current owner to have the roof updated prior to moving in. If they don't want to do that, ask if they're willing to take the price of the repair off of the cost of the home.

2. Is There Any Paranormal Activity? 

Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you may want to ask if any tragic events, such as a murder or suicide, occurred in the home. If a family member is sensitive to negative energy, they may have a hard time being in the house. Check to see if anyone has ever documented paranormal activity or strange occurrences in the house.

3. Does the House Have a Pest Problem? 

Again, this is a problem that doesn't have to ruin your chance at a dream home, but it's important to know if it has any pest problems, such as roach or mice infestations, prior to moving in. If it does, have a pest control professional treat the home several times to eradicate the problem before you move in. 

Also, if the house has a termite infestation, the insects could be chewing through the structure and causing considerable damage. If you live in an area that is prone to termites, have the house checked prior to buying it. 

Contact a company like Sager Realty for more tips on having a home checked out before you buy it.