In the market for your first home? First off, congratulations! Becoming a homeowner is an exciting and rewarding milestone, but before signing on the dotted line, there’s still a lot to consider as far as the shape your new home will be in. Remember this is a big investment and when there’s a little problem with the cosmetics of your home it can turn into something major and a lot of money can be spent with just one little thing. It’s not just like renting an apartment where you can call your landlord and tell them to come fix it for you, here you will have to call a professional to come check the problem out for you.
What’s the shape of your first home?
Once you know where you want to live, you want to make sure your home is in good, solid shape. Unforeseen repair costs can easily put a hard pinch on a first-time home buyer already financing an expensive move.
To help first-time home buyers hunt for the perfect home, here’s a list of structural items to consider:
Are there any roofing problems?
Look for missing or curling shingles. Moss may mean that the shingles are old or in need of roof replacement. Inadequate ventilation can also prematurely age a roof — make sure that any venting issues have been addressed.
Is the gutter system in working order?
Broken, damaged, leaking or clogged gutters need to be replaced. Depending on the amount of time these gutters were left untreated, there could be water damage to soffit, fascia, roofing or foundation. Look for warning signs like discoloration, rot, mold, cracking, shifting or peeling.
How does the chimney look?
As a first-time home buyer, you may not have a lot of experience with chimneys. Check for visible cracks in the mortar that could call for repairs. Is there a chimney cap to keep rain, debris and critters out of the chimney? A chimney will need to be inspected to determine the functionality, and a cap should be added if there isn’t one already.
Checking the home exterior
Examine the exterior walls and foundation for cracks, discoloration, or bowing, which could indicate water damage or a shifting foundation. These can be big-ticket repairs that must be done to maintain the home’s structural integrity. Note any shifting, cracking, or drainage issues near the driveways and sidewalks or any retaining walls. Concrete work can be a major expense.
Checking the home interior
Windows and doors are another detail that is often overlooked. Watch for discoloration, moisture, or visible gaps around windows and doors. Single-pane windows and wooden windows and doors are common in older homes. Even if there aren’t signs of rot or water damage, these older items aren’t nearly as energy efficient as their modern replacements, so you’ll want to consider replacements costs before you make an offer. Floors and walls are great indicators of a home’s structural integrity. Discoloration on walls or floors can be a sign of water damage or mold. Bowed walls or floors may be a red flag for a moisture or foundation problem—both potential fixes that any first-time home buyer should investigate further before talking numbers.
Texas First Roofing & Construction are the roofing experts. If you are thinking about buying a house — again, congratulations! As you settle into your new home and discover, down the road, that you need a roof replacement, give Texas First Roofing & Construction a call at 972-709-1517 or visit us online to request an estimate. A Texas roofing licensed professional will come to your home for a free, no obligation estimate.