*How to choose a home, major things to watch*
*HOW TO AVOID A MONEY PIT: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THESE 6 WARNING SIGNS THAT
COULD MEAN EXPENSIVE REPAIRS...*
Many people think that serious defects in a home are easy to spot, but the
truth is, often the most serious and costly problems can only be detected
upon very close inspection. When you are considering buying a home, look
for the following six telltale signs of serious problems...
Leaks are the most common problem with roofs, and are tough to detect from
outside. However, from inside an attic, you can often see water marks where
there is a leak.
*2. Plumbing System*
Make sure you are confident that both water systems: the one that brings
fresh water in and the one that takes sewage out are functioning well
before signing on the dotted line.
*3. Electrical Systems*
Before you agree to buy you should make sure that you can run all of the
appliances you want to and even power tools at the same time without having
a power failure. You also want to make sure that the electrical system is
safe and does not present a fire hazard.
*4. Heating and Cooling Systems*
Be sure to thoroughly inspect the heating and air conditioning systems in
any home you are considering purchasing.
*5. Bad Paint and Signs of Rotting*
The paint inside and outside the house can reveal a lot about the condition
of the underlying material. Check several places on several walls, using
your eyes and a screwdriver for poking.
*6. Cracks and other important signs*
Cracks in walls, doors not closing properly and uneven floors can all be
signs that there is a problem with the foundation. If the foundation is not
strong, the entire house could literally collapse, so you should carefully
check for these signs. A bad foundation may not mean imminent disaster, but
it could be used to bargain for a lower sale price, or you could ask to
have the owner repair it before the sale.