Nowadays, purchasing a home is not as competitive and stressful as it used to be. In the old days, the best Nashville homes didn't last for more than a few days on the market, as buyers will swarm all over the seller with offers as soon as the property was put up for sale.
However, because of the economy currently, only a few people can afford to buy a home these days and more people are forced to sell theirs. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford your own Nashville home, you can take your time visiting open houses and inspecting properties instead of competing in bidding wars. During home inspections, here are a few features you should focus on.
- Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation – The HVAC system of the home can vary depending on where the property is located and if the previous owners prioritized air quality. Who needs a house that is beautiful and grand, but feels stuffy and stifling? When taking a tour of the home, make sure it’s comfortable for you and you can breathe easily. Make sure the temperature and humidity level is just right.
- Roofing – Roofs cost an arm and a leg to repair the check this first before purchasing a home. Make sure that if the roof needs repairs, it’s only minimal and won’t cost you your life’s savings. Don’t just check for cracks and breaks; look for moss and algae growth as well.
- Plumbing – In some ways, water can be more important than electricity, so it’s important that the plumbing in your prospective house is functional and efficient. This does not mean that you shouldn’t buy a home that has defective plumbing, but make sure if there are problems, you are informed about them beforehand so you can make the necessary repairs before you move in.
- Security – Is the neighborhood secure? Are the windows made of glass panels? Does the door have a deadbolt lock? Are second floor windows easily reachable? Make sure you answer these questions before you think about moving into your new home.
Because buying Nashville real estate is so laid back these days, there is no reason for you not to carefully inspect the property well. Although you may want to leave things to your agent, keep in mind that you are the one who will live here and you must therefore make sure the home does not only look good but will be comfortable for you.
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