Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road Suite 190 | Brentwood, TN 37027
Office: 615.661.4400 | Fax: 615.661.4115
Christina: 615.394.4168 | Darin: 615.456.4086

Things to Look Out For When You Are Buying a House

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you have actually done this all before, there’s quite a bit to think about when you’re shopping for a new house. You probably have dozens of questions bouncing around in your head like whether it’s a safe, friendly neighborhood or not. Does it have a secure backyard where your dogs can run free? And maybe how far away is the pizza place?

But have you even thought about the different parts of the house itself and how these could impact the cost of your home insurance and possibly your eligibility for coverage? While you are picturing life in a new home, don’t forget to ask some important questions about the actual house.

A new house is without a doubt a big investment, so be sure that you do the needed research and ask questions that can save you much time and money in the long run. To learn how to save even more on home insurance, consider these tips or ask your broker and ask how the construction of your dream home might impact your insurance cost.

Even though there will often be cosmetic changes to make to your new home, trying to avoid those costly repairs when first moving in is always smart. Being able to save that money for the dining table of your dreams or simply for groceries and gas is in fact a big deal. Here’s a few things worth checking before you go and sign the papers and possibly inherit some of the of the previous owner’s past problems.

Check Those Drains

This may sound silly, but between the house and the sewer line, there’s sometimes a backup. Usually it’s tree branch or a collapsed pipe, but either way, it’s difficult to spot unless you take the time to run a load of laundry, fill up all the tubs and sinks, and let them all attempt to drain at the same time.

Open All The Windows

Replacing windows is not fun or cheap either. Open them all to find out if they stick, are stuck, or just plain won’t open.

Turn On All The Faucets

Changing out faucets isn’t something you are likely to feel like doing right after you move in. Check to make sure they all work properly before buying.

Light A Fire In The Fireplace

Even though most chimneys are usually installed by professionals, this doesn’t mean they’re always in perfect shape. Cleaning them is usually as simple as a phone call to the local chimney sweep, but finding out if all the fireplaces in the home draft correctly is indeed another thing.

Be Sure to Taste The Water

This lesson is many times learned the hard way. Even if your city may have great water, the pipes might be old enough that they may send a little extra something out of the tap and into your glass. Knowing up front if you’ll need to install a house filter or invest in Brita pitchers is always helpful.

Flush Those Toilets

Knowing that all the toilets in the house can handle toilet paper is a big thing.  Even though they can be fixed or replaced, finding ones that flush well are a bonus.

You Should Open The Electrical Panel

A clean and labeled panel is usually a happy panel. Something that looks like the neighborhood squirrels found their way inside may signal trouble. Take a look for loose wires or ones that just don’t connect to anything. It may tip you off that there are live wires inside the walls.

Turn On The Air/Heat

Knowing that both of these things work prior to actually needing them can be great. Check to make sure they each blow at their respective temperatures in addition to just turning them on.

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