Are you planning on buying a house in the near future? Have you been planning out exactly what you're going to need to do while shopping for your new home? Shopping for a new home can seem overwhelming at times. There is a lot that needs to be considered before you even make an offer on a home that you're considering. Once you've made the offer, there are more things that need to be done in order to ensure that buying the house is going to be the right choice. Some things that are often easily overlooked, but that should definitely be done, include:
Check for odd smells: It's not uncommon to find homes for sale with multiple air fresheners inside to disguise the dusty and disused smell of an empty house. Unfortunately, these pleasant scents can hide serious problems with a home. A house that smells musty or damp beneath the air freshener scent may have an issue with mold or dry rot. Unpleasant smells in the bathroom may be an indication that there's a problem with the sewer line or, if the house is hooked up to a septic tank, a sign that the septic tank is full and needs to be pumped out as soon as possible.
Professional inspections: A lack of odd smells is in no way an indication that all is well with the home. Before you sign any final agreements to buy the house, it's important to have as many professionals as you can afford check out the home. One of the most important would be having a plumber perform a camera sewer line inspection. Having a camera sewer line inspection will reveal the condition of the sewer line and whether it is near-collapse or if it will be good for years to come. Without a camera sewer line inspection, you could find yourself buying the house and then end up having to pay for a costly sewer line replacement almost immediately.
Neighborhood check: Make sure to drive through the neighborhood several times, on different days of the week and at different times of day. Driving through on a Friday or Saturday evening will help you find out if any of your potential neighbors are prone to playing loud music and partying through the night. Driving through on several weekdays will give you a better idea as to the culture of the neighborhood as a whole.