The Home’s Interior Condition
Even when a home or cabin immediately feels like it might be “the one,” take time to check out the:
- Electrical system. Standard house current, number of circuits, outlets, and fuses or circuit breakers is sufficient for everyday needs.
- Floors. Condition of flooring. Whether plank or plywood. Solid bridging and joists.
- Walls. Condition. Whether drywall or plaster. Absence of water marks.
- Appliances and fixtures. Everything in working order. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures in good shape.
- Attic. Sufficiently insulated and ventilated.
The Home’s Exterior Condition
When you’re looking over the exterior, check out the:
- Foundation. Floors poured concrete. Walls concrete or cinder blocks. No evidence of water seepage or moisture problems. Note that minor settling cracks are not usually structurally significant.
- Doors and windows. Easy to open and close. Easy storm and/or screen removal and installation. Newer windows are usually more insulative.
- Roof. Gutters and downspouts in good condition. If older home, know how long shingles have been in use. (Metal or rubber roofs even better.) Chimney flashing tightly caulked.
- Garage. Doors or opener in good working order. Sufficient electrical, lighting, and heating for your needs.
You can always make your offer contingent on what you learn from a professional home inspection. I tell my buyers this is one of the best investments they’ll ever make. But then, and even on your first walk-through, keep your sense of perspective. Most problems can be fixed—either by the seller now, or by you later. And it’s good to have realistic expectations. No house is perfect, and even newly built homes can have their flaws. The main thing is to keep your eyes open and make an informed decision.
As your NW Wisconsin Realtor, I’ll be glad to help you find the lake home, cabin, or waterfront property of your dreams. To get started right now, give me a call at 218-590-6634 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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