If you’re in the process of buying a home, you have a lot to think about. Some home buyers get caught up in the excitement of the new home and fail to really think about all they should before they make their offer. For many buyers, they see the perfect kitchen or a great backyard for the kids, but don’t stop to look at the home’s exterior beyond what the inspector may report. That may be a mistake that ends up costing you. Here are a few things you should look at that your property inspector won’t.
Although the inspector will likely open and close a few windows, they won’t tell you much about the windows. Before you make an offer, look at the type of window. An older single pane window won’t be as energy efficient as new double or triple pane windows. Sometimes just standing by a window will let you know how efficient it is, especially on a very cold or warm day. If the windows aren’t good quality, you may end up wanting new windows. Make that a consideration before making an offer.
A home’s siding is one of the first lines of defense against the elements. There are many quality siding products but looking at it can help you determine the maintenance you’ll need to perform. Wood siding requires painting about every 5-7 years which can be a big expense. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, may need to be pressure washed a couple times a year or less. Brick requires much less maintenance. Just know the maintenance you’re signing up for before you make that offer.
Your future home’s roof also protects it from Mother Nature. With our snow and rain, you want a sound roof. Although a property inspector will look at the roof and may even tell you what sort of repairs were done and about how long it will be until you need a roof replacement, they are not roofers. If you want a true assessment of the roof’s condition and whether it needs repair or is in good shape, you should call a roofing company. Be prepared to pay for the inspection (although the company will likely deduct the cost of the inspection if you move ahead with repair or replacement). Like the home inspector, they are providing you a service that could save you thousands in the long run.
You are within your rights to ask a current owner about the home’s maintenance history. If they can’t, or won’t, provide actual records, call your own roofing company, siding installer, or replacement window company for their unbiased opinion. Frank-Dale Roofing and Exteriors can provide you with an evaluation of the condition of a home you’re looking at buying. Call 414-425-5796 to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.