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New Homeowners Should Pay Attention to these New Home Issues

As a first time homebuyer, the entire prospect of home ownership is exhilarating but can also be a scary thing. What can you expect? Will you be able to manage the maintenance? Will you be able to afford it?

While you can’t look into a crystal ball and see your future in your prospective home, by doing due diligence before you purchase, you can get a good idea of what you are in for, regarding work and cost with likely home repairs. Here is a guide for when you are looking for a home in Albuquerque, NM.

Check out the Switches

Air ConditioningIt’s not a high-tech test, but it can reveal problems effectively. Go around and try every light switch. Do they work? If not, it may be a simple fix (like say changing a lightbulb). It could also signal a more serious situation with the electrical.

This is an important thing to determine because, in this era of DIY, electrical work is something that home handymen take on. Although well-intentioned, this is the kind of work that needs to be done professionally or else you could be looking at a fire hazard.

Also, check that fans run properly. Flip on the Air Conditioner and the furnace on to ensure that they function. Check out major appliances too.

The Need for Insulation

Home InsulationHaving a well-insulated home is a great investment because it will greatly reduce your heating and cooling bills. Take a look in the attic, in the garage, in the basement, and around the foundation to make sure that there is properly wrapped, appropriately thick insulation installed.

If the home in question isn’t well-insulated, it’s not necessarily a deal breaker, but that is something that you’ll want to attend to shortly after you move in. It’s not overly expensive, and the amount that you’ll save on your energy bills is worth it.

Why You Always Need a Property Inspection

Property InspectionMany of the potential problems with a home exist beyond where your untrained eye can see. While everything might be just fine, you won’t know unless you have a professional doing a thorough search on your behalf.

During your property inspection, your inspector will check plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, roof, walls, foundation, windows and ceilings looking for signs of damage.

The property inspection report will include pictures and a full write up on findings. Make sure that you read the report in detail to get a comprehensive idea of what you are up against.