When you’re in the market looking at homes for sale in the Hanover, NH area, it’s possible to get caught up in the excitement of finally acquiring a new house. You’ll need a checklist to make sure you don’t end up with a home that has a plethora of issues. To avoid the money pit, consider a Hanover NH home inspection and bring along an exclusive buyer’s agent to help you.
Check the HVAC System
One of the first things you want to check when getting a Hanover NH home inspection is the HVAC unit. If that unit is more than 15 years old, you should prepare to have it inspected and possibly replaced. A unit that is coming to the end of its service life will need more servicing than a new unit. It should not be a deal breaker, but it is an expense to consider.
Check the Roof
A Hanover NH home inspection is certainly going to catch problems with the roof you might not see during a visual inspection. Ideally, the sellers should disclose any problems with the roof so you can factor it into your buying decision. A roof is a major expense, and many don’t have the extra funds to replace it after a home purchase.
Look for Mold
Mold often creeps into the smallest of places. If there is a basement in the home, look in the corners and around the walls. You want to make sure you don’t see or smell anything unsavory in the lower quarters. Your sense of smell will pick up mold and mildew before you even see it in many instances.
Check the Electrical House Wiring
Does the home have old knob and tube wiring? You want to make sure the breaker is rather new. While the inspector will pass it with older wiring, it will be a huge added expense down the line. Not only should you check the wiring, but you need to make sure there are plenty of outlets and each room has a ceiling light with a switch. Adding these things can be costly and a pain to deal with.
Lastly, make sure to look at the siding or exterior as well as the general picture. Sellers often jazz up their house to appeal to buyers, but they cover up many things they don’t want you to see. Don’t be afraid to pull up an area rug and see what’s underneath. Some tricks are meant to camouflage major issues.
As exclusive buyer’s agents, Housing Solutions Real Estate LLC will always and ONLY represent your best interests when looking at any homes for sale. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation, or to have any of your home buying questions answered. 603-643-4800.