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Posted by Hughes Group Blog Team on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 9:11am.

One of the most important decisions you can make in your life is where to make your home. Whatever form it takes, so much of the course of your existence revolves around where you live and the quality of that location. A home is an incredibly expensive thing compared to everything else you will buy and pay for in your life, and the influence on you does not stop there. There are a million factors to consider when buying a home and all of them will have some impact on your enjoyment while you live in it. Luckily, not all of those factors are game changing, though some of them are and you definitely want to be aware of them before you make a commitment. You really do not want to put all that money and time into something only to find out when you move in that the house has a massive termite infestation that the owners either did not know about or kept from you. There are sometimes ways to get out of this situation, but it makes for a whole host of problems you do not want to deal with. Therefore, we are going to talk about some of the things you may want to check for when you buy a new home, assuming the price is right.

The home itself is often one of the places you want to spend the least time researching. Put in your due diligence and figure out what you will not like about it, but then get out around the home and figure out what the neighborhood and community are like. This is not just whether or not you have good or bad neighbors or whether the rate of crime in the area is deceptively high. Both of these are important, but you also want to know what services, both necessary and luxurious you can find in the area. Are there any restaurants that you actually like nearby? Is there a place you can take your car to get fixed for the right place and with the right amount of quality workmanship? These questions are almost as important as how the plumbing in your home performs or whether or not that train track behind the house is as active as it looks. You have a few spheres of influence you want to examine closely. The home itself, and what is going on there, the level of sound, nuisance, and comradery in the neighborhood, and if the city itself is a place you want to live and spend time.

There are things that will be personal to you that you might not like and then there are the things that will be a problem regardless of your tastes in a home. Maybe the kitchen layout is not to your liking, but if the roof leaks during a drizzle, you have a really serious problem. Make sure you examine that roof very carefully, as well as have a professional take a look when the time comes necessary. Are the shingles in good repair and places appropriately? Is the chimney firmly connected to the rest of the house? You do not want that thing blowing away in a bad storm, which is something that can absolutely happen. This is another significant portion of the home when it comes to resisting the influence of the elements. It is subjected to constant stress, especially in the more inclement parts of the world where it rains and thunders all the time. If you do not know much about roofs and how they look when they are in need of repair or replacing, bring someone in who can answer those questions for you.

This is going to be a theme for examining your house. There are a lot of small things that are signs that something big is wrong, and you probably do not have the skillset to spot those things out and make a judgment call on your own. This is why home inspectors exist and why sometimes it is mandatory to bring them in. Though even if it is not mandatory or for whatever reason you do not want to bring one in, you can always find someone who knows more about a certain aspect of your potential new home than you do and can give you advice on how to proceed.

This is especially important for determining the impact of weather and the area’s animal life will have on your home. Now, we are not talking about how many deer you might have wandering through your garden, eating up your nice flowers, but those termites we talked about earlier and problems related to infestations. Even if the house does not have a single insect burrowing into it at the moment, there are aspects of a home that can make it a magnet for that kind of thing. Are there depressions in the ground that tend to build up water when the season is particularly wet? Are there piles of wood or significant groups of plants and bushes that might similarly be perpetually wet? These are the kind of things that attract termites, who are looking for a moist new source of food, and they are not always something your average home buyer can spot. You want the right inspector to come through and point out if the home you are thinking of purchasing might be a target for an infestation of some kind.

The things you need to look for in a new home are as limitless and diverse as your own tastes and everything that could possibly go wrong. This is not a pursuit that you should take lightly. No matter how good a home looks on the surface, there is probably something wrong with it that you just cannot see. It might be that those problems are not big enough to warrant looking for something else, but you definitely want to do everything in your power to make sure you are not buying someone that is going to be destroyed the moment a gust of wind blows against it.

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