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21 Items To Check Before You Buy A Home

Home Buying Checklist

Home Viewing Checklist

This Home Viewing Checklist is to serve as a reminder of things you should be sure to find out about when buying your next home. We always recommend using a State Licensed Home Inspector (Texas Real Estate Commission or TREC licensed in TX.) during your inspection period. This list will make you aware of what they will be looking for and things you can see with your bare eye or even request before setting foot on the property.

  1. Check the foundation, floors, walls and poured concrete.
  2. Make sure there’s no evidence of water seepage or moisture problems.
  3. Minor settling cracks are usually not structurally significant.
  4. Make sure there’s drainage AWAY from the house.
  5. If necessary, check underground drainage systems.
  6. Check to see if the crawl space is dry (elevated homes).
  7. Inspection by qualified exterminator is recommended for existing and potential problems related to wood rot and termites.
  8. Check for solid construction of bridging and joists.
  9. Check walls, whether drywall or plaster. Look for water marks or stains.
  10. Make sure the attic is sufficiently insulated and ventilated.
  11. Check that the fireplace damper is in working order, and flues to the chimney are clear.
  12. On heating and air-conditioning systems, look for signs of maintenance negligence.
  13. Check the water heater (type, capacity, and manufactured date). How long has the present unit been in service?
  14. Check the electricity to make sure that the standard house current, number of circuits, outlets and fuses or circuit breakers are sufficient for everyday needs, and the condition of wiring is good.
  15. Check for good water pressure throughout house and that the tie-in to local water supply facilities, etc. are all in working order.
  16. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures should be in good shape. Make sure the range, refrigerator, dishwater/disposal, laundry facilities, etc. are all in working order.
  17. Check exterior and landscaping. Is it properly graded or contoured?
  18. Check that fences, walls, patio and driveway are in good condition.
  19. Be sure exterior walls are suitable to weather conditions. Check doors and windows. Are they easy to open and close?
  20. Are the roof, gutters and downspouts in good condition?
  21. Is the garage door or opener in good working order?

Some of these 21 items to check before you buy a home could be deal breakers because of their cost to remedy. Consult with a professional to find out if it’s an issue, or expense, that you want to tackle.

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