Here in Colorado, sellers are legally obliged to disclose any defects or issues with their property of which they are aware. Often, sellers are not aware of issues with their home which, should you purchase it, could become your problem. Today, Colorado Professional Title in Highlands Ranch would like to let you know what to look out for when viewing a prospective property.
Signs of damp include moldy smells, flaking paint or wallpaper, and water marks on walls and ceilings. If there is damp present this could indicate deeper problems with water leakages or persistent humidity.
Keep an eye out for cracked or bowing walls. Cracks are most often found where extensions join the main home and on load-bearing walls. If the building’s structure has been compromised you could face severe problems in future, so if you have any doubts be sure to hire a structural engineer to take a closer look.
Look out for damaged, missing, or twisted shingles, as these are a classic indication that a roof has not been looked after. Don’t just check to see if the roof is visibly damaged, though, ask about its age. Roofs usually last 15 – 20 years, so if it’s approaching this age it’s likely to need work in the near future.
Insulation and double glazing
If there’s condensation present in between the panes of your double glazing, it’s faulty. If the windows aren’t double-glazed, then your heating bills may well be astronomical. Similarly, make sure to check that the property is adequately insulated or you could be facing high utility bills.
Check the plumbing and wiring
Take a look at the fuse box as this is a good indicator of the general state of the wiring. If it looks very old and/or outdated, the property’s wiring is unlikely to be in a a great state. Ask whether the pipes are insulated (if they aren’t they’re more likely to freeze over a harsh winter) and ask if any pipes are lead, which would need to be replaced. Run the taps and showers to check that the water pressure is decent.
While viewing a property, it’s important to try to stay objective, even if you’ve fallen in love with it. Staging can make a room feel much larger than it actually is, so make sure to take measurements to ensure you can fit your favorite furniture in. Consider scheduling another viewing at a different time of day to see the home in different lighting conditions.
If you’ve decided you’d like to purchase a property, make sure you protect your investment. For title insurance in Highlands Ranch, look no further than Colorado Professionals Title. Call (303) 268-4278 to find out more about how we can help.