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Construction from Basement to Attic

    • Do basement walls have large cracks that indicate a shifting foundation? Mildew stains that indicate dampness/flooding? Is an unheated basement’s ceiling insulated?
    • Are exposed beams and joists in good condition?
    • Is the attic well-insulated? Is there any evidence of water damage from a leaky roof?
    • Are floors springy or are they even and sturdy?
    • Are walls (particularly at door frames and windows) free from large cracks?
    • Do all doors and windows work smoothly?
    • Are bathroom fixtures in good condition? Does the faucet’s water flow remain steady when toilets are flushed?
    • Does water drain well?
    • Are there enough well-placed electrical outlets in the rooms? Does the service to the house match its current electrical needs?
    • Is the capacity and recovery time of the water heater adequate for your family? Does the water heater show signs of rust?
    • Do kitchen appliances seem to be in good condition? Do any come with the sale? Will your appliances fit in the present spaces if need be?
    • Do furnace and/or air conditioning unit(s) appear well-serviced? Is the blower quiet?
    • Even after a careful review, when everything “feels right” you should take the extra step to make certain everything “works right”. When you’re seriously considering buying a particular house, keep these factors in mind:
    • Hire a professional building inspector to make sure the house is in sound condition. Use his or her report to make informed decisions.
    • Ask your Agent about Home Protection Plans available in your area. This warranty protects you in case of major mechanical system and problems with some appliances.
    • Decide which flaws you can live with and which you’d prefer to have repaired. You may also be able to refinance some repairs in your mortgage.