Buying and selling a home are both challenging processes. There are always so many
things to consider but there are a couple things you absolutely don’t want to miss. At Unique Home Building, we specialize in creating houses that feel like a home both for buyers and sellers. Homes are investments that should be taken seriously with attention to the important details.
Regardless of whether you are buying or wanting to sell, the truth remains what makes or breaks the opportunity is whether or not you or the buyer even want to go it the house. If you’re looking to flip or buy cheap and renovate,find an attractive home from an architectural perspective that just needs aesthetic upgrades. Finding a home with an ugly paint color and really poor landscaping can be a major find!
- Paint the shutters
- Power wash everything
- Refinish the porch
- Add landscaping that looks great year-round
- Water the grass until it’s the greenest on the block
- Add a nice new mailbox and address numbers
When it comes to buying a home, you want to avoid major structural issues that will cost you big money to fix or will lower your leverage when it’s time to sell if you haven’t fixed them. Here are a few of the biggest culprits:
- Do not buy a house that has issues with the foundation. If you see large cracks in the foundation outside or on the basement walls, or the walls look like they are caving in some spots, kindly leave the house and look elsewhere.
- Termite or carpenter ant damage is common in some locales, and it may be hard to find an older home that hasn’t had a little damage at one point or another. The key here is to find a home that does not have major structural damage and has no signs of current issues. Some home inspectors will actually insure for a year or more that there are no current signs of infestation, and if they appear, they will cover the costs to terminate.
- Have you ever walked through a house that makes you feel claustrophobic or just didn’t feel right? Odds are that other people feel that way in the same homes. Don’t buy them. This may be remedied by knocking down a wall or two in some homes, but that can be an expensive project and you may be risking structural damage.
- Avoid buying a house that has signs of mold or water damage. They can be very expensive to fix and usually are signs of larger foundational or roof issues. Here again, a good home inspector will be able to test or look for both.
- Beware problems with the electrical and plumbing systems. These are a home’s lifeblood, and replacements are costly.