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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home


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Blog by Bettina Reid | July 24th, 2013


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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home
When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted 
by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the 
spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to 
make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive 
maintenance issues that could be just around the corner. 
Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the 
furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing 
when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a 
smarter decision about the home you're considering.
How do you do that?
When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the 
home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and 
appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you 
might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they're due to be 
replaced in a year.
Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and 
windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of 
repair or replacement sometime soon?
Finally, don't forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, 
bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years. 
Of course, there are things you can't see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting, 
and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon. 
That's why it's so important to make any offer to purchase a home 
conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.
Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today.
Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home

When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner. 

Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you're considering.

How do you do that?

When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they're due to be replaced in a year.

Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of repair or replacement sometime soon?

Finally, don't forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years. 

Of course, there are things you can't see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting, and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon. That's why it's so important to make any offer to purchase a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.

Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today.