There are many issues to evaluate when considering a Sunriver home purchase including what you can afford, what kind of loan best suits you, the property itself and once you find your dream house, how much you are willing to pay for it… This 5 part series will address these topics and more!
Is This Your New Home Sweet Home?
Once you’ve found the perfect home, you’ll want to try to assess how well the property has been maintained over time, carefully review all property disclosure documents and do a more thorough examination of the property for any hidden surprises. Hiring a home inspector who has extensive credentials is generally considered a wise move.
A home inspection should include a thorough review of:
- Structural elements: construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof, foundations
- Exterior evaluation: elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights, and exterior receptacles
- Roof/Attic: framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing, and gutters
- Plumbing: identify pipe materials for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes as well as condition of toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, and traps
- Systems and components: water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers
- Electrical: main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Appliances: dishwasher, range/oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and smoke detectors
- Garage: slab, wall, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights receptacles, exterior, windows and roof
You’ll also want to know what isn’t included in the home inspection.