Are you on the lookout for a new home? With the help of a local realtor, you can find your perfect house. In terms of pricing, the average home cost $357,300 in 2022, according to Fit Small Business. With this said, you must check on specific factors before buying a home to ensure you don’t miss any costly issues. Below, we’ve covered four things to look for when you buy a new home. Review this list and be confident you’re getting the best possible home available.

1. Water Damage

Water damage is a serious issue you shouldn’t ignore before purchasing a home. Depending on how severe the water damage is, you may be dealing with mold growth and even structural problems with the foundation of a home. Additionally, stained interior walls and other unappealing visual blemishes may emerge after moving into a water-damaged home.

2. Roof Issues

The roof is one home area that’s hard to scope out when doing a walk-through. With this said, this factor can present some costly bills if there are issues. To prevent a roof replacement cost from coming out of your pocket, ask your local realtor if the homeowners have a roof certification letter. This letter is an indication from professionals that the roof is guaranteed to last two or five years. If this letter isn’t available, then schedule a roof inspection before purchasing the home to ensure any necessary issues are addressed on time.

3. Plumbing Problems

Several factors can go awry with a home’s plumbing system. Sewer lines can become damaged by tree root growth, disintegration, and extensive clogs. These issues can cause home flooding and more. Additionally, a malfunctioning toilet can cause issues. When walking through the home you’re interested in, look for leaks or discoloration to indicate problems. If any of these issues are present, then contact a professional to inspect your sewer system before purchasing a new home.

4. Broken Outlets and Appliances

After moving into a home, you will quickly realize broken outlets and appliances, which can be problematic. Check all essential outlets before moving in to avoid inconveniences. These outlets include bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Plus, you should ensure that the appliances in the home perform sufficiently before purchasing. Home appliances to inspect are the refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and oven. These appliances are vital for initial convenience and can cost lots of money to replace if broken.

Contact Gangway Realty today and begin searching for your perfect home! We’ll be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.