So, you think you’ve found the perfect home for sale and you’re ready to make an investment and sign your savings and future away for a mortgage? But do you really know what you’re getting? Here are some ways you can “self inspect” the house to ensure it is up to the highest of standards and ready for you to buy without any added expenses.

One of the most important features of any home is, of course, the roof. Problems with the roof can determine the future of the home itself and you want to make sure the roof is going to last for the long haul. The best way to do this is to get up on a ladder and take a look. Look for anything that seems out of place: any shingles that are starting to curl or crack, any patched or missing shingles, or if they are falling out of place. All of these are indications of an old roof, or a bad roofing job. Note down any damage or concerns.

If your house has hardboard siding, it is generally quite easy to spot if there is a problem. The trouble with hardboard siding is that when it begins to swell, it begins to fall apart and then rot. If you can’t see any issues straight away, but an area concerns you, push on it and if it feels a little soft, it’s likely there is a problem.

You also want to make sure your windows aren’t rotting. If the windows have been patched and the patchwork is paper thin, rotting is imminent. You can open the windows as well to see if there is any water damage.

The deck probably looks like the perfect place to spend your summer days, but before you buy, be sure to check underneath the deck. A fresh coat of paint doesn’t repair rotting. Look for any sagging on the deck as well to make sure there are no structural problems.

And finally, you want to make sure the house has proper water systems that lead away from the house. If water heads towards your house, this could lead to major foundation problems.

So, while your new home might look perfect, you want to make sure it really is! Hopefully these tips will help you out.

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