Even when you purchase a brand new home, there are items to pay special attention to in order to make sure your home has been finished well and every detail accounted for.
We recently came across a nifty checklist a particular home builder uses to ensure customer satisfaction and to double check that all the details are taken care of. Here are a few highlights that can be applied to any home – whether your purchase is a new build or existing construction. These are items you may want to take a peek at as you shop for homes, or may want to examine more closely at during your home inspection:
- Are all appliances functioning properly? Run the dishwasher, turn on the microwave, see if the ice/water functions are working in the fridge door, etc.
- Are all cabinet doors/drawers in the kitchen and bathroom functional?
- Flush each toilet and turn on every faucet to ensure proper function.
- Are all light fixtures functioning? Are there any tough to reach fixtures in need of cleaning or light bulbs? What about exterior lighting?
- Inspect stairs/railings for secure installation.
- Inspect ceilings and walls for sagging, bowing or signs of water damage.
- Test the heating, cooling and water heating unit to ensure proper function.
- Are there any signs of excess moisture in the basement or attic?
- Are gutters and downspouts properly installed to direct water a minimum of 4 feet away from the house?
- Does the ground around the foundation slope away from the house?
None of these details are make-or-break in terms of a home purchase, and in a Seller’s Market like Denver is currently experiencing, you may have a challenging time getting the Seller to agree to fix items of this nature if they turn up on the property inspection. Whether you cover the cost of repair or replacement as the Buyer or you negotiate full or partial coverage from the Seller, it is in your best interest to enter into a home purchase knowing the state of these and other details about your next home.
The Meyers Group