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Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you're considering. How do you do that?
When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they're due to be
replaced in a year.
Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of repair or replacement sometime soon?
Finally, don't forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years. Of course, there are things you can't see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting, and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon.
That's why it's so important to make any offer to purchase a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector. Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today