Before Becoming a Homeowner
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions of your life. As you go through the process of house hunting, touring, and eventually putting offers in, there can be a lot to get done and remember before signing on the dotted line.
In order to ensure the house is in an acceptable condition for you and your family, it is essential that you ask as many questions as necessary to avoid disappointments or unwanted surprises down the line. Obie Comfort Solutions is here with a list of those questions we think should never be overlooked when buying a home.
What kind of water heater does the home have and how old is it?
We use our water heaters constantly throughout the day. Knowing the type of water heater you’re dealing with will help you guess the level of maintenance and cost you’ll see. An older water heater is more likely to experience breakdowns, cause water damage, and cost you in repairs or replacement.
What type of HVAC system does the home have and how old is it?
Just like with the water heater, you’ll want to know the type of HVAC in the home. Is the system ductless, forced air, or a gas furnace? Is there central air? Knowing the type of HVAC system can give you an idea of the level of maintenance, cost, and upkeep you can expect.
A well maintained HVAC system can last between 10-15 years. If your potential new home has a poorly maintained system that is aging fast, be sure you’re ready to commit to a new installation in the near future.
How old is the roof?
A roof can make or break a home sale. Roof replacements are expensive, and if you’re not made aware of an aging roof, you could be in for a large roofing bill sooner rather than later. If the roof is over 15 years old, it could very well need replacing within the next 5 or so years.
If you do purchase the home and the roof appears to have missing shingles or visible damage, make sure you take care of repairs quickly to minimize the risk of water damage to your new home.
How much do utilities typically cost?
Asking how much the current owners typically pay in utilities before making an offer is a great way to estimate what your total monthly cost will be. These utilities include heating, electric, internet, trash, and sewer. You don’t want any surprise fees popping up that your budget isn’t ready for!
How old are the major appliances?
If the current furnace, air conditioner, water heater, or even dishwasher are getting up there in age, you will likely need to foot the bill for a new appliance in the coming months or years. Keep this in mind when estimating your total cost of the home and discuss whether or not you’re willing to take on a property in need of appliance upgrades.
Keep in mind that if upgrades are needed, you have a chance to choose appliances that are more technologically advanced, energy saving, and better for your home and family.
An HVAC Team For Your Framingham Home
Once the keys are in hand and the boxes are unpacked, it’s time to make sure you have a trusted HVAC technician on call for when you need them. Bring the Obie Comfort Solutions team in for a tune-up to ensure a clean, well-running unit. Or chat with us to discuss your options for replacement HVAC systems and water heaters. Give us a call at (508) 252-8515 today!