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A new home is a joy, whether it’s a “starter” home or a home that a couple hopes to pass down to children and grandchildren. However, for the house to continue to give pleasure, it is important to heed the advice of the contractor or real estate agent such as Re/Max of Boulder, Inc. and avoid things that can give problems in the future. Here are four things to avoid in a new home:
Not Getting the House Inspected Before Moving In
Buying a home because it looks gorgeous from the outside is not a good idea. Even looking around the inside doesn’t tell the prospective buyer that there’s something wrong with the pipes or the electrical wiring. A professional inspector is not that costly and will tell a prospective buyer if there’s a major problem with the house. The prospective buyer can either buy the house anyway or look for a better deal. A homeowner who buys a house without getting it inspected first is on the hook for every single repair. Also, a conscientious building contractor will draw up a punch list of things that need to be repaired before the closing. The homeowner should make sure everything on the punch list has been seen to before they close the deal.
Storing Things in the Attic
This is a surprise to many people, because doesn’t everyone store things in the attic? Yes, but that is only if the attic is made for storage. The attic floors in many modern homes are not made to hold a lot of weight, and if too much weight is placed on their floor, the floor could sag or even collapse. A homeowner who needs their attic for storage should consult their contractor or engineer.
Messing Around With the Finished Grades
Even adding extra trees near the house can alter the grade. If that happens, the drainage around the house may not work the way it should and rainwater will flow toward the house instead of away from it. This can lead to a wealth of problems, including a rotten foundation.
Not Knowing Where the Property Lines Are
The surveyor should go over this with the new homeowner, but some surveyors don’t stake out the plot or the homeowner forgets and starts to build on what is actually their neighbor’s land. This can lead to trouble if the neighbor knows exactly where their property line is and compels the homeowner to move the fence or the wall or the hedge.
Avoiding problems in a new home is simple if the owner heeds the advice of professionals. Just make sure that you follow these few tips and seek help from professionals, that way, your home can be a haven for years to come.