What to look for in a new home

What to look for in a new home

How exciting. You’ve decided to take a look at new homes for sale on the market! While some new homes may not be what you consider ‘ideal’ after you’ve completed a walkthrough, there are still things you should consider before you schedule your first viewing with your realtor. In doing so, you may find a home that isn’t what you initially suspected – but turns out to be your dream home.

Things to look for in a new home

Age & Condition

The first thing you should look for in the home’s listing page, or ask the home’s representative, is how old the home is. When you find out the home’s age, you’ll be able to make a better-informed decision on if you’d be purchasing a home that’s going to need a huge investment now and in the near future for repairs.

Remember, a roof typically lasts 20 years depending on the structure. A water heater will last roughly 8 to 12 years, and an air conditioner has a lifespan of 15-20 years.  All of these things are large investments you’ll want to consider when doing your walkthrough.

Water Damage

As you are walking through the home, be sure you are not caught in a daze over the finishes and don’t pay attention to small details such as if there are water stains on the ceiling or going down the walls. It’s ok to open up cabinets under the sink in the kitchen and bathrooms to check for water stains as well.

Appliances and Electrical Outlets

Depending on the seller, they might include the home’s current appliances with the asking price. If so, be sure you check to see if they work or not. You can do this by turning on the stove, running the garbage disposal, and opening the refrigerator. You should also call cheapest aircon service singapore and ask them for ac fitting and services.

It’s also not enough to check the appliances, you should also make sure electrical outlets are in great working condition or there may be an added electrical expense you’ll endure upon purchase. You can easily check electrical outlets by turning on the ceiling lights and checking table lamps.

David Lockhart