Most people who are looking at Redding homes for sale aren’t looking for a fixer-upper. Here are the top seven repairs to watch for. And if you’re not experienced in construction (and perhaps even if you are), you should also find an inspector with a solid reputation that can give you the dibs.
Foundation and Structure
Will the house stay up? After all, that’s why you’re buying it, right? If you see a sagging floor or, worse, a sagging roof line, you’ve got a problem. Other indicators are slanting ceilings, doors or windows that stick, or shifted lines in cement blocks or bricks. Look at the house from a distance to see if there is any obvious sloping or sinking on the exterior. And take a close look at the floor beams and ceiling joists, particularly in the basement.
Missing, loose, or worn shingles are sure signs of a roof that will need almost immediate work. A good roof should last 20 to 25 years, but shoddy workmanship could cause it to need repair or replacement much sooner. Consider the age of the roof and how well it was installed..
Electrical needs in modern homes far surpass those of previous decades. Check the age of the breaker panel, look for faulty wiring, and check the amp/voltage on the system. A 60-amp system will not be sufficient for modern needs. Electrical issues are dangerous, which means they are one of the most important things to inspect. Your family’s safety is at risk!
Plumbing problems can sometimes be identified by finding leaks, but if you want an in-depth evaluation, you may want to consider getting a plumber to run a camera through the sewer. Plumbing repairs are expensive. What’s more, you don’t want to deal with a backed-up sewer!
If this system is old, you’re looking at a hefty heating or air conditioning bill every month. How well does the air flow through the vents? Where are the vents situated? If you’re looking at older homes for sale, this is one of the most common issues–and pretty expensive.
A poorly-insulated house can suck up a lot of cash in no time flat. Are the windows double-paned? If temperatures plummet to sub-zero digits, will the frigid air seep through the walls and windows? What about high temperatures? If you’ve got flimsy–or no–insulation, you’ll be subjected to searing heat.
Use that handy sensor you’ve got. An odor may uncover a leak or a mold-infested subfloor or pet urine in the vents. Whatever it is, follow the scent to its origin and determine if it’s something you can easily or affordably fix.
When you’re looking at Redding homes for sale, it pays to do a thorough inspection before signing the closing papers. You want a house, not a massive reconstruction project.