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4 Tips for Productive House Viewing

When you buy a house, one of the first steps in the purchasing process is house viewing to get a feel for the real estate and examine its features up close. While many potential homebuyers focus on location, visual appeal, and floor plan, there are other factors to consider during a house viewing. If you’re ready to buy a house, use these tips to narrow down your options. 

What to Consider When Viewing a Home

1. Check the Plumbing

An attractive, updated bathroom is a key feature for many homebuyers. But even if the room is attractive, don't forget about the plumbing. While viewing the bathrooms, flush the toilet and run the sink and tub faucets for a moment. If you notice anything strange, like gurgling sounds or low water pressure, the house could have a plumbing problem. 

2. Pay Attention to Windows

When in a room with windows, try opening and closing them. This simple action will let you know the condition of the windows and whether you may need to invest in window replacement for aesthetic purposes, functionality, or energy savings. Windows may not be deal-breakers when buying a house, but they can alert you to more significant issues. For instance, horizontal or diagonal cracks extending from window frames can indicate foundation issues from the house settling over time.

3. Examine the Roof

The roof is easy to overlook when house viewing, but a poorly maintained one should be a deal-breaker. Check for visible signs of trouble, such as missing or damaged shingles and sagging or detached gutters, by looking up at the structure while standing in the yard. A roof can last between 20 and 30 years with regular maintenance, but noticeable roof damage could mean costly repairs or a replacement sooner rather than later.

4. Ask Questions

The best way to make an excellent home-buying decision is to learn as much as possible about the houses you check out. To that end, ask questions of the homeowners, if present, and the real estate agent. They have pertinent information that could help you decide on the home. You can inquire about the neighborhood, fixtures and features included in the sale, and recent renovations.

Work With Diane

Specializing in mid-century, modern Hawaii homes, her desire to broaden the scope of the service has been successfully achieved as a 5-time award winner of the Top 100 agents in Hawaii by Hawaii Business Magazine.