basement to attic

Construction from Basement to Attic

Do basement walls have large cracks that indicate a shifting foundation? Mildew stains that indicate dampness/flooding? Is an unheated basement’s ceiling insulated?

  • Are exposed beams and joists in good condition?
  • Is the attic well-insulated? Is there any evidence of water damage from a leaky roof?
  • Are floors springy or are they even and sturdy?
  • Are walls (particularly at door frames and windows) free from large cracks?
  • Do all doors and windows work smoothly?
  • Are bathroom fixtures in good condition? Does the faucet’s water flow remain steady when toilets are flushed?
  • Does water drain well?
  • Are there enough well-placed electrical outlets in the rooms? Does the service to the house match its current electrical needs?
  • Is the capacity and recovery time of the water heater adequate for your family? Does the water heater show signs of rust?
  • Do kitchen appliances seem to be in good condition? Do any come with the sale? Will your appliances fit in the present spaces if need be?
  • Do furnace and/or air conditioning unit(s) appear well-serviced? Is the blower quiet?
  • Even after a careful review, when everything “feels right” you should take the extra step to make certain everything “works right”. When you’re seriously considering buying a particular house, keep these factors in mind:
  • Hire a professional building inspector to make sure the house is in sound condition. Use his or her report to make informed decisions.
  • Ask your Agent about Home Protection Plans available in your area. This warranty protects you in case of major mechanical system and problems with some appliances.
  • Decide which flaws you can live with and which you’d prefer to have repaired. You may also be able to refinance some repairs in your mortgage.
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