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Homebuyers Guide to Inspecting your
new Nova Scotian Home
So you are about to buy a home in Halifax, the remaining objective can
be a difficult task when viewing an open house. It is easy to fall in
love with a home's appearance, blind to problems that may make it unsuitable.
While aesthetics can be an important consideration,
it is necessary to look beyond window-dressing. A qualified Nova Scotian
home inspector should be hired before purchasing a home, but there are
areas that consumers can examine on their own. This will shorten your
list of potential homes and reduce the likelihood that a home inspector
will reject it as unsafe or unsuitable.
Here are some considerations and common problem areas
to look for when touring an open house:
Much can be surmised from the general state of the home. Is the home
clean? Are lawns left uncut? Are the walls chipped and in need of paint?
If smaller chores have been ignored it may be an indication of a broader
disregard for home maintenance.
Check ceilings and drywall for stains, bulges and other signs of water
damage. Water that works its way inside via a leaky roof or a cracked
foundation can rot wood, create mildew and mold, destroy possessions
and can be expensive to repair.
Does it work?:
Test lights, faucets, the heater, air conditioning, major appliances
(that are to be included with the home) - even flush the toilets to
ensure everything is working as it should.
As you walk across the floors be aware of 'spongy' (soft or springy)
sections. Excessive squeaking and uneven, bumpy floors may also be indicative
of expensive forthcoming repairs.