First Homes and What to Expect

Newly weds have to deal with a lot of important decisions. One of these is deciding where to live. If the couple is planning on raising a family, they have to think carefully about their housing location. Do they want to invest in a cheap, part time home or a nice child-safe home with Plano fencing? A Plano fence is great for kids and dogs. Things that need to be kept in consideration while buying a house are the surrounding area, size, and amount of renovation it will need. Most newly weds don’t have a lot of money right of the bat, so huge issues with the house will have to wait a few years.

The community a new couple that plans on raising a family moves is critical. It will affect where they send their children to school, how they grow up and other important factors in their children’s and their lives. Better communities tend to have better public school systems. With good public school systems, the couple can save thousands of dollars each year in schooling. Also, if you don’t move into a good neighbor hood, you wouldn’t feel comfortable letting your child play out side. If you move into a good area, your children will have neighbors and friends to play with.

Secondly, the couple has to consider the size of their house. Buying a two bedroom house may sound convenient and fitting at the time, but what if the couple ends up having more children? Or what if their first pregnancy leaves them with twins!? If the couple is like most newlyweds, they won’t have the kind of money to just add on to the house or buy a new one. Living in cramped spaces for five years is not fun. So, it is wise for newly weds to invest in at least a three bedroom house if planning on having children.

Lastly, the condition the house is in is a major factor in buying it. Normally, a house that has some cosmetic issues isn’t bad because fixing them will cost you less than buying a house in good condition. However, a house that is standing on its own two feet is expensive no matter what, and most newly weds can’t pay it off right away in the first place. If a house has major issues, such as leaky roofs, bad plumbing and rotting woods, it probably isn’t a good idea to buy it. The couple couldn’t live with these for years, but wouldn’t have the money to fix the problems until then either.

Buying a house is a scary ordeal for anyone, especially newly weds. There are a lot of factors going into one major decision. It can be intimidating; to make a decision on something that costs that amount of money. If the couple is hoping to raise a family in the near future, they need to keep some things in consideration. The community they move into will affect both them and their children. The size of their house is also a big problem. They don’t want to buy a house that they will outgrow in a few short years. Also, it is unwise to invest in a house that is in poor condition because they won’t have the money to fix it in time.

What Happens in Home Inspections?

You have probably heard of home inspections and how buyers and sellers can benefit from their expertise. You may have even heard of how it is advisable to have your own home inspected by a professional every so often to prevent damage that may be seen in advance through expert eyes and the help of early warnings. But what exactly does a home inspector do when he gets to your home?

Home inspection is a visual assessment of a house in order to look for material defects present in the property during the time of inspection. While a home inspector cannot guarantee to find each and every defect in the residence that ever happened, is happening, or could happen, these undertakings often prove to be useful in assessing the value of properties to be bought or sold (although these inspections should also not be mistaken for appraisals or tests that will “pass” or “fail” a house), or what improvements should be undertaken.

Part of the standard operating procedures for home inspectors is to assess the following areas: the roof, exterior, basement, foundation, crawl space, heating, cooling, plumbing, electric systems, fireplace, attic, ventilation, insulation, doors, window, and exterior. While an inspector’s task inside the home also has limitations, such as the identification of concealed material defects, and while an inspector will not forecast the life expectancy of any given property or opine about the suitability of a property for any given purpose, still, home inspection is a task that cannot be left to the untrained.

An individual, for instance, does not have the training to determine whether a crack on the wall is a sign of the building’s aging or if it is already an indication that water has seeped into the basement and has already corrupted the integrity of the house’s foundation. Inspecting the plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and the electrical circuits that make the house tick, on the other hand, cannot be done unless you have a comprehensive knowledge of how these delicate and intricate systems work. An amateur walk around the house, of course, does not constitute what a home inspector does. Aside from the training, a good home inspector also has years of experience to back him up, and can tell from sight alone what can material defects are present in your home. In fact, generally it takes a board examination to be a licensed home inspector, except in certain states in America.

For many things in life, the benefits blossom only later on. A home inspection may seem unnecessary to a newly painted house that you may want to buy. But you never know what a thin layer of paint conceals, or what may be lurking in your crawl spaces, under the floorboards, or up in the attic. The maximization of benefits that you can derive from your home also largely depends on your knowledge of it. Some people do not know just how much better their insulation or ventilation systems could be if only they had an inspectors’ report. So go ahead, call one now.

Checking Your Roof For Repairs

If you know that it’s been 15 or more years since the last time you had your roof repaired by a roofing specialist, then it’s about time to get one out to your home or business and have them take a look. Otherwise, you can do a decent job of inspection yourself. Why spend money on having a roofer look for problem areas in your roof that you can find yourself?

A good place to start, before ever climbing a ladder (which, by the way, make sure to always use precautions when climbing a ladder and have a second person spot you if possible), you can give your roof a once over from the ground. Use a pair of binoculars to look for any obvious trouble areas- missing shingles, dark spots, and misshaped lines in the roofing material. Also, while on the ground, check downspouts for shingle granules that may have washed off.

Once you’ve decided to go up to have a closer look at your roof, the first thing to look for is missing or loose shingles. Be very careful as you do your inspection! Shingles can be easily damaged, so you should avoid stepping on them whenever possible. Being loose isn’t the only sign of a bad shingle. You should also look for loss of granulation (which may expose the fiberglass mat underneath to UV light), mold and decay, and curling.

If you have had work done to your roof in the past, there’s a chance that the roofer used tar or a patch to fix any small problems. You might see this during your close inspection. The patch might be an obvious hardened blob, or it might be covered with shingles of a slightly different color than the rest of your roof. The roofing cement used in these patches may only last for a few years, so you may also want to check these areas from below-in your attic.

Another thing to give a closer look to is any flashing. Flashings are metal pieces used to waterproof spots of the roof where there may be an interruption in the roofing such as a skylight, a chimney or smoke stack, vents, or any protruding piping. Things to look for here are tears, buckling or puckering in the material, and looseness. Flashings on chimneys are prone to damage more-so than other places. The reason is the chimney will settle and shift separately from the house. While looking at the flashings, be sure to also inspect your chimney for any leaning, damaged bricks, and cracked joints.

Some more general things to look for are any signs of sag or unevenness to the roof. Cupping and buckling could be indicators of weak framing and should be give extra attention. Also check your gutters for rust, and clogs.

If you find any of these problems while inspecting your roof, it’s best to have a good roofing repairman come out to fix it, rather than attempt to do it yourself.