As you are looking around at various houses before selecting the house you will finally settle on, don’t get too caught up with the cosmetics of the house. Things like fresh paint, new carpeting, nice smell, etc can make you feel good but don’t rush into picking the house without checking the underlying qualities of the house.
You want to make sure the house has good bones. In the real estate and construction industries, the house is considered to have good bones if it doesn’t have any major defects that could lead to expensive repairs in the near future. What are the characteristics of a house with good bones?
One major characteristic of a house with good bones is having a solid foundation. Rina Patel, a licensed Realtor and co-founder of We Buy Philly Home says, “A solid foundation is crucial for me, without it, you’ll be facing a hefty renovation cost.” She adds, “If you have a great house but faulty foundation, its going to be a lot harder and more expensive to fix.” Robert Taylor, owner of The Real Estate Solutions Guy, a house flipping company near Sacramento, CA looks for two main qualities in a house. He says, “Good bones start with the basic structure.” He looks for beneficial layouts, level floors, and walls without cracks. He’s also big on finding hidden gems, like hardwood flooring tucked beneath carpeting, in a home. He advises buyers not to get hung up on cosmetic issues, because those are often easy to fix. Good drainage is one indication of good bones. “Water can wreak havoc on a house,” Taylor notes, so he tells buyers to “look for possible drainage issues, especially if the home is on a sloped lot.” He also suggests inspecting the basement or other below-grade rooms for signs of water intrusion. Kurt Grosse, a real estate agent at HomesForSale.Vegas and former building engineer, advice homebuyers to be on the lookout for minor defects that can be signs of serious problems. For instance, a noticeable sag in a home’s roofline is an “absolute dead giveaway to tell if the house you are looking at have good bones or not,” he says. “Any visible sagging is an indication that there are possible issues with the framing.” No matter the age of the house, Grosse recommends buyers get a home inspection. Wanting to buy your own house but having difficulty qualifying for home financing? We can help. OwnerFinance can get you qualified even if you have credit problems, self-employed, lack of downpayment, residency problems or other issues.
Another characteristic of a house having good bones is having a sense of solidness. Maige Eliot, a realtor with Elliot & Eliot Real Estate Group says something in the house that we can see or feel should give us a sense of solid home. Then, she inspects the inside of the house for cracks in walls or around door frames. Elliot also looks for level floors. Those are “always a good sign of good bones,” she says.
Mark Luongo, master electrician for his company, Luongo Electric Inc., located in Vancouver, British Columbia, wants buyers to know that good bones are about more than just sound foundations and structures. “The electrical system can be equally as important,” Luongo says. “A house fire caused by faulty electric in a balloon-framed older home can overtake the home in a matter of minutes.” Wiring is one of the first things he checks in any house.
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