How to Inspect a House before Buying It

If you want to buy a house then make sure to inspect it first to ensure that it doesn’t have any hidden damages in it. To do your own inspection, just follow these tips:

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1. Exterior
Does the house look like it will need repairs or repainting soon? Are gutters and downspouts firmly attached? Are there loose boards or dangling wires? Is there asbestos in the exterior material, which would requir  e added costs if it needed to be repaired or replaced? Source: Zillow

2. Holey Joists
Poorly placed drill holes or notches for wire, pipe or duct can sap a floor joist’s strength. What’s safe varies by manufacturer, but here are some rules of thumb: No holes or notches in the top or bottom flanges of an I-joist. Even big holes could be okay in the center, but not the ends, of the framing. Drilled holes must be at least 2 in. from top or bottom and no greater than one-third the depth of an I-joist. Notches in a conventional lumber joist should not exceed one-sixth of its depth or penetrate the center third of the joist span. Source: Popular Mechanics

3. Check the internal wall plastering for fine cracks
The internal wall plastering can be easily checked for fine hairline cracks (map cracking, as they take on the appearance of a map). These cracks are caused by the incorrect application of the wall plastering at the time of construction. Once these cracks are found in one area of the property you will usually find in multiple or all areas. The cracking plaster can crack further and even come loose, especially when wall fixings for paintings are installed. Source: Real Estate

So make sure to follow the tips above to guarantee that the home you’re buying is a safe place to stay and that you won’t end up with a poor deal.

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