Buyers should pay close attention to certain aspects of their potential home before signing any papers. Ensuring that your chosen house is in near-mint condition will save you a great amount of time, money, and effort in the future.
When you get a qualified home inspector he/she will normally report on all areas that you should be concerned about, but monitoring the process and focusing on key aspects will ensure that you are not cheated on home valuations, one way or the other (too low or too high both hurt).
First and foremost, check the electrical aspects of the property. An electrical system in need of an upgrade is at best expensive, and at worst a safety hazard.
Also check the property’s foundation for any instability that might cut your home valuations in half later and cause your San Carlos home to become a hazard later.
Ensure your house is properly bolted to the foundation per current codes for earthquake safety. Since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, earthquake insurance has a very high deductible.
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Plumbing is another serious area that needs inspection. A qualified inspector will be more equipped to identify these problems and avoid a health hazard or a future expensive upgrade. Ideally the house is already fully plumbed with copper pipes. If not, sooner or later it will need to be.
Also take a close look around the house at the garden: Landscaping should be done at a distance from the house to prevent the house foundation cracking due to plant roots and other factors.
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