You may have dreamed about the different amenities and features that your first home would have. But one of the more practical aspects of searching for homes for sale is making sure they are safe for you and your family. The following is a guide to evaluating a home for safety in addition to other criteria you may have.
What Safety Issues Can Come Up?
Let's limit the discussion to a few of the most common issues that can come up with safety. For one, problems with faulty electrical wiring could lead to a shock or fire hazard. Electrical components can degrade over time, or the standards for wiring may not have been as high when the property was constructed.
Structural issues can also creep up over time. If there was ever a flood in the home, that could affect the foundation, for instance. Structural issues can also come from decaying building materials. A structural engineer will be able to help you come up with a design solution for structural issues that hopefully doesn't involve a major rebuild of your new property.
Safety issues could also come from plumbing issues, faulty appliances, and many other parts of the house, which is why it's so important to check for these issues before you move in.
It's worth it to ask the seller if they know of any issues. They may not, and you should always get an inspection for yourself, but learning about issues upfront may help you narrow down your search and not waste time.
The First Viewing
Sometimes you can detect property issues for yourself. Water stains on the walls could point to structural problems. Disorganized wiring may point to a big electrical bill to come. Buzzing appliances or fixtures deserve your attention as well.
Before you sign the paperwork on your home, also be sure to get a thorough home inspection from an inspector or structural engineer that you hire personally. The final inspection will be your biggest clue to whether the home has any outstanding issues. If the inspection does return a big problem, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't buy this home. But it does mean that you should talk with the seller and try to renegotiate the price or get some kind of other perks out of this purchase. It may also mean that your home move-in date will be later than you had planned if the proposed updates will take months to complete. But checking for safety is something you'll be glad you did in the long run.