back to blog

Buying a Used Home? Here's What to Look Out For

Buying your new home, even if it is a used one, is very exciting. All the planning-related stress disappears once the big payoff comes. However, there are some things you need to watch out for when in the process of buying your home. These include:


Recognize a roof’s repair needs –

Before stepping inside the home, inspect what’s going on at the top. Is the roof about to cave in, or does it look relatively new? If there is an obvious defect, such as a big hole or even a dip, then it should raise a red flag. You may end up spending a lot for repairs. If the roof is sturdy and new, it may require lower home insurance premiums and it will better protect you from the elements.

Don’t be deceived by a paint job –

When you step inside the home, check out the structural stuff like loose wires and aging fixtures. Don’t be impressed by upscale décor and newly painted walls. This is because, long after the paint has chipped, the walls, fixtures, and electrical equipment will remain – and you need to know now that they are what you want.

Check the plumbing –

When inspecting the kitchen, go deeper than what you can see at eye level. Check under the sink and examine the pipes. Try to see if there are leaks, mold, or any sign of water damage. If you see plumbing defects and you still decide to buy the house, have Spartan Plumbing perform the necessary repairs before moving in. Mold, for one, is a health hazard that can harm infants, seniors, and people with asthma.

Identify your deal breakers –

Think about what your purpose for buying a home is, and what you need for your lifestyle. Do you need extra bedrooms for your children or guests? Do you have a large collection of books that needs ample storage space? Or, do you need to have a spacious backyard for your barbecue parties?

Check the temperature in the home –

When checking out a home to buy, bear in mind that it often looks its age. This means that, if it seems rickety, chances are it is. Note that HVAC systems cost a lot to fix or replace. If you retain it, you may be paying a lot in terms of utility bills. Thus, before you move in, make sure that the HVAC system is in good working condition.

Use your sense of smell –

Is there an unpleasant smell like sewage, gas, pet odors, mildew, cigarette smoke, or anything bad-smelling? If you are planning to buy an older home, it’s not far-fetched that the sewage system may be clogged or root-damaged. The good news is, reputable plumbing companies like Spartan Plumbing can use cameras to see inside the pipes to spot any blockage or break.

Inspect the land beforehand –

It’s not only the building itself that you should take a look at, but the entire area surrounding it. Is the area at risk of wildfires or flooding? Does another property share the driveway? Are the fences, if any, properly positioned? These questions may sound secondary, but when buying a new home you cannot ignore the vicinity.

Buy a well-insulated home –

Your new home must be comfortable year-round. Thus, you need to check the water pipes, attic, and heating ducts to make sure there’s proper insulation. This will help provide you comfort during winter and summer, and help keep your cooling and heating expenses low.

Final Word

Almost every used home on the market has some defects. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some are obvious, while others may be hidden from plain view. In most cases, the defects are easy to fix. What is important is that you are aware of them before you buy. This way, you can have them fixed before moving in or be prepared to do the work yourself in a reasonable time frame. It will also help you ask for a lower price.