This free 13 point checklist can save you 7 years of frustration and wasted time when you’re trying to buy Lawrenceville, GA homes
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#1. Check the roof-
and ask your Lawrenceville, Georgia real estate agent to find out how old it is. Different roof types last different lengths of time. The average shingled roof should last about 10 years. Strip shingles can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. The important thing to consider in determining how long a roof will last is the pitch of the roof. The higher the pitch, the better the water runoff will be and the longer the life of the roof. A really high pitched roof could last several years longer than a flat roof. Most roofs have some slope which will give it a long life; the life expectancy of an entirely flat roof is 2 to 3 years.
Take a look at the plumbing
Discoloration of the water indicates a problem. In a two story house, turn the water on full blast on the second floor. If the water comes out slowly, this may indicate mineral deposits in the pipe. However, that is not a serious problem in most parts of Atlanta. Look under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets – you should be able to spot a leak – a leak is indicated by either a drip or water stains on the floor of the cabinet. Flush all toilets to make sure they function properly. Plug up all sinks, fill them with water and then release – this will help you determine any stopped up pipes when you’re looking for a home in Lawrenceville, ga.
Ask about the furnace
A typical modern-day furnace should last about 15 to 20 years without any trouble. However, a furnace has very few parts, and most of them tend to be expensive. So, if something goes wrong, it is usually better to replace the entire furnace, which is a relatively costly procedure. A good home inspector will be able to determine the condition of the furnace, whether it has been maintained, etc.
Go outside the house and check the air conditioning unit(s).
You can determine the condition of a unit very easily – is it rusted?
Look at the wiring
You can tell if it is new because the covering will be shiny. If it is frayed and brittle, the wiring is old and will probably have to be replaced.
Check the condition of the siding and trim
– does it have dry rot? Does it need replacing or painting?
In an older home-
go into the attic and look for dry rot, which is probably the easiest thing to spot in a house. You will be able to tell if the roof has been leaking. You may see small water spots underneath the roof where maybe a nail was driven through and a small amount of water comes in – but with good ventilation in the attic this will rarely be a problem.
If the house has a crawl space,
go underneath the house and look. Check for moisture and mold. Also check for open places where critters can crawl in. Look at the pilings and make sure they are all in place – pilings that have shifted can cause sagging floors. If you feel squeamish about crawling around in this area, a good home inspector will come in handy.
Check the basement
Walk around the rooms as close to the walls as possible. It is common for a basement to have a few small settling cracks – however, if the cracks are large, or if part of the wall has shifted, you have a problem. Also check for leaks – a basement with a water problem will have mold and will smell musty.
Ask if the house is on sewer or septic
Most homes in the Atlanta area are on sewer, however, there are a few areas that are still on septic. You can also go into the street and check for sewer heads – again, if the home is in an older neighborhood where septic tanks may have been, ask if the home has been connected to sewer. If the home is on septic, most of the time there is no trouble – but if there is and the tank has to be replaced, it will be better to tie onto the sewer system, if it is available. The cost to tie into sewer or replacing the septic tank is about the same in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Check the foundation
.Walk around the outside of the house and look for low spots where water may collect. Settling cracks are not unusual, but a major crack in the structure could indicate a problem.
Get a licensed exterminator to check for termites
He will be able to determine if there is past damage and if it has been repaired properly. Ask for a termite letter or see if the current owners have a bond on the house.
Check inside the house
for carpet and appliances that need to be replaced, and check for painting, replacing tile, and other needs. Determining the replacement or repair costs will help you determine if the house is a good buy, or if you should tell it Goodbye.