by Bill Mann
on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 10:25am.
Buying a new Rehoboth Beach home is an exciting feeling, and it is so easy to get carried away and fall in love with a home that may not be the best one for you. There will be plenty of time for celebrating after the closing. When you are looking for a new home, here are a few things to focus on.
Foundation and Structural Elements – Ugly paint and bad draperies can be changed very easily and with minimal cost, but when it comes to foundation or structural problems, it may be best to just walk away. Look for evidence of cracks or bulges in the foundation wall. If there has been renovation in the home, ask an inspector to check if any load bearing walls were modified or removed.
Electrical and Plumbing– Many people like to do their own home remodeling, but if you are looking at a home that has been remodeled, make sure the correct building permits and inspections were completed. If the wiring or plumbing is not up to code, make sure it is fixed before you close on the home.
Musty Smells – A musty smell can only mean that there is water getting somewhere it isn’t supposed to be. If there is water getting into the basement, or coming through the foundation, it will only be a matter of time before the structure cracks or buckles.
Insects – When you are looking at a home, look around for evidence of bug infestations or other varmints living in the home. If a home is for sale, the owner has probably done their best to clean up, but be vigilant in looking for signs of any unwanted guests.
When you are ready to look for a new home, contact us and our experienced team of REALTORS® will help you find a home that suits your family's needs.