Weekend Warrior Residue
Just because you are a smart DIYer who does your research (at sites like Family Handyman), that doesn’t mean that everyone is as responsible. Some poorly planned home repairs are simply band-aids, and while they need to be addressed, they aren’t anything to worry about immediately. Others, however, are time bombs waiting to go off on the unwary new homeowner!
Avoid this problem by pushing your home inspector to look closely at any home you’re considering for purchase, and by not ignoring any signs of sub-par craftsmanship. This Family Handyman article demonstrates some of the shockingly poor maintenance nightmares you might encounter.
Mountains from Mole Hills
A house is a major purchase, and any residential building is filled with hundreds of spots where something might have less than perfect finish. Sooner or later, you’re going to find an issue that has slipped past you, your Realtor and your home inspector. If your first reaction is to panic, don’t worry: that’s a perfectly natural reaction. But take a deep breath, step back and really examine the issue. Is the issue as serious as the DIY nightmares discussed earlier? Or is it as minor as a stuck deadbolt? It’s understandable (and maybe unavoidable) to be worried about your new home, and most homeowners will have an “oh, no!” moment or two after moving in. The trick is to have a reaction that’s in proportion to the problem. (And in the meantime, here’s how to fix that stuck deadbolt!)
Not Being Involved in the Home Inspection
You may have noticed that the last couple of tips have referenced a home inspection. That’s because you absolutely should have any potential purchase inspected, even if you have DIY experience or construction experience. A second pair of eyes is invaluable even for the most experienced of home buyers. If you stop to think of this, it’s true of every field: A novelist depends on an editor, a hall-of-fame ballplayer depends on a coach, and a smart DIYer depends on a home inspector when buying a home. Use this checklist to be sure you get the most out of your home inspection.