You will be Surprised at what you will Discover about Flood Water Damage
Homebuyers need to be very cautious when buying pieces of real estate, especially those that seem so good to be true. More often than not, there are scrupulous direct sellers and agents out there who would rather conceal the sad state of a particular home rather than blurting them all out to you in an instant.
Shopping for your ideal home, therefore, needs utmost vigilance on your part and an especially observant eye for details. Come to think of it, you need to be more like Sherlock Holmes in looking for clues deeply concealed in every nook and cranny of your prospective home. By doing so, you will be able to ascertain if this piece of property does not have any secrets to hide.
The Essentials of Buying a Home
Buying a new home is both an exciting and a tiring endeavor. Nonetheless, the excitement of moving into a new home can often drown the frustration that is inherent with the searching, negotiating, and being out bided in the search for that dream home. There are a few essentials one must consider before making that crucial step towards owning a home.
· Make an analysis of your credit standing and try to fix blemishes and/or errors so that your chances of getting your loan application approved are dramatically increased. Although there are mortgage programs that allow applicants with poor credit standing to secure a loan, it will always be a safer bet to be in good credit standing because this will lower the rate of mortgage.
· In deciding on your dream home consider your budget. Remember that elegant and large houses will naturally cost more than those that are simply built to shelter. Avoid becoming housebroken by making sure that your mortgage payments are not higher than 36% of the family’s average monthly income. By doing so, you can effectively save for your mortgage and still have plenty to spare for other household expenses.
· If at all possible, get a mortgage with a lower interest rate with a provision for down payments because this will translate into greater savings in the long run.
· Once you are clear with your idea of a dream house that is well fitted to your budget, you might want to add an extra effort in determining what kind of neighbourhood you may want to live in. Remember that your choice of home may actually depend on the type of environment you want to live in.
Narrowing down the Choices
Establishing the essentials is one thing, doing the actual legwork is definitely something else. Narrowing down your choices to a few is truly a daunting task. Here are a few ways you can do to simplify your home shopping.
· Ask your reliable real estate agent or broker. Chances are they will be able to offer you valuable information about which particular piece of real estate is best suited to your specifications, your budget more importantly. There are many real estate agents who can present to you varied projects complete with amenities you may never have thought of before.
· Go online and search for information on the web because there are websites of real estate agencies that offer a virtual tour of the property. Some also have an interactive user interface to directly address concerns you may have about a certain property.
· You can also ask friends, relatives, or acquaintances for help on any information about which piece of real estate will be good for you.
Once you are done with narrowing down your choices, you will need to devote a few days to literally get to know ‘them’ one by one. A visit to these prospective real estate properties is very crucial in further narrowing down your choices to a select few. Spend time to visit each property and have a chat with the homeowner or the agent of the property. Make sure to prepare questions for them to answer even before you visit them. This way, you will be able to shed some light into some of the things that may be troubling you about the property.
· Does the house meet your expectations when it comes to its location? Consider also the distance of the property to your work and other essential establishments such as market, grocery, schools and hospital. Try to consider also the overall charm of the neighborhood, how the home is built on the lot, its ease of access, presence of noise from neighbours, traffic, pets, and a whole lot more.
· Look at the design of the house and ask yourself whether it reflects your own lifestyle? Does it fulfil a functional purpose to its existence as well as an aesthetic appeal for the senses? Look at the layouting of the house. Does it allow for the normal flow of human traffic to move without the occupants bumping into each other?
· Look at the size and floor plan of the house. Consider how many are there in your family relative to the number of sleeping rooms in the house. Think about how the space in the house serves its purpose and how it will fit your lifestyle.
Take a Peek beneath the Carpet and See What the Owner Does Not Want you to See
Once you are inside the house, take time to consider a lot of things. Now is the perfect time for you to ask questions to the homeowner or the agent of the house. Also, now is a good time to put your inspection and assessment skills to practice. Chances are there will be a few hidden secrets behind every home being sold.
The carpet is a centrepiece in every modern home, complete with colorful designs and attributes that speak of the owner’s affluence. However, there are instances when the carpet is an extremely good article to cover faults underneath. It is actually the cheapest and fastest way to ‘get rid’ of unwanted stains and cracks on the floor underneath the carpet.
Carpets are very thick which can provide adequate barrier against the movement of trapped air and heat beneath its surface. As such, moisture tends to develop underneath because of the extremely high temperatures without any indications of adequate ventilation. The problem is made worse by the seepage of water into the carpet. Since water molecules get trapped underneath the carpet, it tends to heat up and turn into moisture. The problem is definitely worst if large amounts of water get into the carpet such as during flooding.
During flooding, most homeowners do not employ the services of professional flood damage restoration companies because of costs. They tend to clean, dry, and restore the carpets to their original state themselves. The problem is that, most of the carpets we use today are made of special fibers that need a special kind of treatment. The result is that the carpet is not actually dried thoroughly such that moisture can develop over time. Building up of moisture underneath carpets will increase the chances of mold and mildew growth and the subsequent weakening of the structures directly underneath it.
So here are things you should do to make sure that there are no hidden defects, especially flood water damage, beneath the carpet you are standing on.
· Turn over the carpet and inspect for moisture or sweating that can build up underneath. Also check for the characteristic smell or odor of a soiled carpet. If you notice any of these signs, this is already an indication that the home is prone to flood water damage. In which case, it may be a good idea to ask the homeowner for any experience related to flooding and or water related problems.
· Remember that the space between the underside of the carpet and the surface of the floor provides ample room for the accumulation of water. While it is true that there may be no flooding, it still speaks of a water-related problem. Perhaps there is a water leak somewhere or an abnormally high room temperature made worse by high humidity.
· Nonetheless, a soggy or foul-smelling carpet almost always signal a water related problem which, if not addressed immediately, poses a structural problem to the integrity of the whole house.
- Check also the floor of the house and particularly look for evidence of water leaks. These include water stains and or moisture buildup. In some cases, the growth of mold and mildew colonies always signifies a water related problem.
Other Signs you Need to Watch Out For
Here are a few other water damage related signs you can watch out for in inspecting your ideal home.
- Check the house’s water pressure, performance and drainage by turning on the water faucets in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Also inspect the quality of the water by having a water taste test after a couple of minutes of completely running water.
- Inspect the pipes and tubes for signs of leakage, rusting, and aging.
- Pay very particular attention to newly painted parts of the house because these could be mere cover-ups of existing and potentially serious problems. Shine a flashlight on the paintwork in dimly lit rooms to check if there are any evident structural defects that are being concealed by the paint and not clearly visible in the dark.
- Inspect the walls for dampness and look for signs of peeling or bubbling paint. These always indicate a water related problem which can cost you a lot more fixing it.
- Inspect the bathroom and see if a new ceiling or wall has been installed or better ventilation has been designed. Bathrooms naturally have mold and mildew and just cannot be painted over. So, if there is a new wall, ceiling, or ventilation, it is almost always as sure that the mold and mildew problem is really serious.
- Inspect the windows for ease, quietness and smoothness of opening. Should there be cracking paint or squealing noise, this is a sign of rotting which can be brought about by a water related problem.
You need to consider a lot of things in buying a home. Identifying any hidden defects and flaws will ultimately save you a ton of effort and financial resources in the long run.