Common Details Buyers Overlook When Viewing A Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 3:00pm.

When you are looking at a potential Santa Cruz home to buy, it’s important to pay attention to the details so that you can ensure that you are making the right choice. However, many home buyers will get so caught up in the excitement that they will miss certain important things that they need to know about the property.
If you are buying a home, make sure that you don’t miss any of these commonly overlooked details:

Do the Appliances Work?
Take the time to test the major appliances in the home to make sure that they are functioning properly. This is a very likely flaw that is often overlooked in a home inspection. It is a good idea to ask your home inspector to run every appliance through its full cycle to make sure that there are no problems.

What Are the Neighbours Like?
Many home buyers forget to figure out who the people are who live next door and what they are like, which can really backfire later on. Perhaps your quiet neighbourhood is disturbed by the sounds of partying late into the night, or your neighbour will let their free-range cats destroy your garden. Ask around the neighbourhood to learn more about the people living next to you and what they are like.

How Many Outlets Does the House Have?
When you do a walkthrough of a house, you probably don’t notice the number of electrical outlets in each room. However, this is important because many older homes will have fewer outlets and these days the average family has many more electronics. If your home doesn’t have enough outlets for your television, computer and other gadgets, an electrician will need to come and add more – costing you a lot of money.

Are There Are Water Spots?
It’s easy to miss water spots, because they will often blend in with the color of the walls or ceiling. However, these spots will indicate that there has been a leak that has not been properly repaired, which will lead to many more problems including more leaks and mold. When you are looking at your potential home, always inspect carefully for water spots in kitchens, bathrooms, attics and basements.
These are just a few of the common details that home buyers will overlook when they are looking at a potential home to buy. 

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