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What To Look for When You Buy A New House

Buying a home is a roller coaster ride full of stress, anxiety, happiness, and fun. Do you think spending 20 minutes in viewing a property that is soon to be a home is sufficient? According to the real estate developer Alister Toma, it takes much to consider before choosing a new home to live for many years.

Let’s explore a few things you must consider while searching for a new home.

  1. Check out if the roof in need of repair

Before you enter the home, inspect the rooftop. Find out if the roof is relatively new or is it caving in? If the roof is not in a good condition, chances are it could end up costing you.


On the other hand, a newer roof can make a lower homeowners insurance rate possible. Remember, a roof made of a durable material is better prepared to protect against wind and hail. Also, it is helpful in saving you from a potential claim.

  1. Don’t judge a room by its painted walls

When you step inside your soon-to-be home, do not get impressed with painted walls or upscale décor, give attention to the structural stuff like old appliances, loose wires, as well.

Painted Walls

  1. Consider your priorities

Apart from the basics, including counter tops, and quality windows, consider the requirements for your lifestyle and do not forget the purpose of your home, for example, a big backyard for barbecuing.

It can also be smart to add an extra bedroom if you’re planning on kids. And in case anyone in your family is a night owl while you do not like to sacrifice your sleep, considering a house with an entertainment area set far away from the master bedroom will be a good idea.

  1. Plumbing: what lies underneath the sink?

When you’re digging around a kitchen of your soon to be home, don’t stop at eye level — you need to examine those pipes and what lies beneath the sink. Also, make sure you have investigated all leaks, mold, and water damage.

Not only is mold unpleasant and foul-smelling, but it can also bring many health problems to your home. If you have a baby, an elderly person, or someone with asthma at home, you need to be cautious before moving in with mold.

  1. Consider a well-insulated house

Above everything else, your home should offer you comfort and peace. Check the roof space, water pipes, and heating tubes to make sure they’re correctly insulated. It will help in reducing the cooling and heating costs and keep you comfortable in all season.

  1. Have a home examination done

Who doesn’t need a perfect home? Everyone of course. You must take help a professional who will ensure you that the groundwork is strong and the wiring is up to code.

According to the expert real estate developer Alister Toma, you will find almost every house with one or more defects. Some defects will look obvious to you, and the majority will be easy to fix, but it’s still necessary for you to know before you buy.

Final Words

So, do consider these tips before choosing a home to live for many years. And finally, the day you will find your dream home, you will understand what it takes to make a home a paradise.

Originally Posted –

Alister Toma has done two major projects in Australia – The Parks by the Links in Port Douglas and Kardinia Estate at Kurranda Queensland – and owned and operated two hotels, one a 33-room beachfront bungalow in Far North Queensland and the other a 44-room downtown Sydney hotel. On top of that, he recently co-owned a downtown commercial building in Edmonton, Alberta, The Imperial Edmonton, of which he led and managed a total and comprehensive refurbishment, and he completed an acreage subdivision project in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
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