The Spring is a very popular time of year for people looking to buy real estate in the lower mission area of Kelowna BC. If you’re one of these people, there are some things you need to look out for before you make an offer, and we are going to cover them in this article.
Inspect the roof
The winter months can really do a number on a home’s roof with all the snow and ice. It is a good idea to inspect the roof of the home when you first arrive, to make sure the shingles are not cracked, curled, or have rounded edges. These are all signs that the shingles may need to be replaced.
Check out the exterior
Next make sure you give the exterior of the home a good inspection. Check for cracks, damaged paint, or mould. These could be signs of issues with the structure of the siding of the home.
Make sure to ask the selling agent to look at the attic, basement/crawl spaces, and utility room. These hidden places are not normally maintained or cleaned and could be hiding moisture damage and mould. Take a deep breath, and if you smell something musty, there could be moisture getting into the insulation and frame of the house.
Check for leaks
It goes without saying that when snow and ice melt, it turns into running water, and what does that mean for the home? If there are leaks or cracks around the windows, roof, or exterior, there could be water leaking into the home, and causing mould. Look out for yellow spots on the walls, this could indicate water damage. Large water spots on the ceiling generally indicate there is a leak in the roof.
Water pressure tests
As the ground begins to warm up from the Spring temperatures, the pipes in your home will begin to expand, and this puts pressure on the weaker spots of the plumbing. Make sure to test the water pressure throughout the house. The bathroom is a great place to do this test. Turn on the bathroom sink, and give the toilet a flush. Listen for gurgling sounds and pay attention to see if you notice the pressure dropping. It’s also a good idea to run each sink throughout the home for at least 2 minutes, and check to see if the water draining can keep up with the flowing water.
It can be exciting to purchase your first home, but if you’re planning on buying real estate in the lower mission area of Kelowna BC this Spring, make sure to follow these steps, and contact us if you have any more question.