Buying a new home is an exciting thing, but it can also be stressful. Even once you’ve moved beyond the hassle of getting your paperwork and finances in order, you still have to set up in your new space. Each house hides its own unique idiosyncrasies, and if you’re not careful, these issues can balloon into full-fledged problems that will have you wishing you never closed. Below are some common issues and tips on how to prevent them from becoming nightmares.
Check the Drainage
Water is one of the greatest foes of the modern home, believe it or not. In addition to the more obvious issues with flooding turning your street and parking areas into a pond, a home with improper drainage will gradually suffer structural weakening over time. The experts recommend visiting any home you plan to purchase during a rain — the heavier the better — to take a look around. If that’s not possible, you should keep a watchful eye open during the first precipitation after you’ve moved in. Finding and fixing small issues as you go can save you from a much larger problem later on.
Check the Electrical System
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Not every electrical grid is created equal. While some can handle the burden of our modern, device-heavy lifestyle, some houses, particularly older ones, are ill-equipped for your power needs. Moreover, the recent trends toward greener energy and limited emissions is not reflected in every home on the market. To ensure that your house has the strength and environmental friendliness you desire, call some electrical experts to look things over. A little money now could save you from a greater problem down the road.
Be Aware of Your Boundaries
All good things come to an end, and the physical space of your property is no exception. However large your new purchase may seem, there is a place where your land stops and other people’s land begins. Don’t rely on things like fences or approximations when deciding how to develop your yard and property. Get a survey and check city records to make sure you know what you own before you build.
Check Roof and Attic Strength
In the movies, attics are always the place where families store their oldest and most valuable artifacts. In the real world, attics sometimes aren’t the best choice for storage space. After all, the primary purpose of the attic is to support the roof, and additional weight can cause the whole thing to come crashing down. Before you move all your old items into your new attic, consult somebody who knows structural engineering so you can be sure it’s safe.
A new house is a new start, a place for you and your loved ones to settle in. Your first impulse, of course, is to make the building your own. Like every relationship, however, that between you and your home takes care and time to ease into. Treat your new home with TLC, and watch out for issues that can exacerbate with time, and soon you’ll be living a happy life in your dream house.