What to Look At When Buying a Home

What to Look At When Buying a HomeSmart buyers understand that having a professional home inspection performed on the Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home they are considering buying is a necessity.  After all, this is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make in your lifetime.  So thoroughly checking out a property before you buy is the intelligent thing to do.  But you don’t need to rely completely on an inspector’s report.  You need to know what to look for when you walk through a home.

Water Leaks/Damage – One of the most damaging elements in nature, water can wreak havoc with a home, especially here in the Twin Lakes area.  We love our water, but it needs to stay in the lakes or a home’s plumbing.  Open cabinets, look under sinks, move the shower curtains, visit the basement and peer behind the water heater.  Moisture buildup, mold and water stains can indicate a potential problem and should be taken note of.

Foundation – If the foundation of your Twin Lakes home is faulty, it can lead to so many other, expensive problems.  Look for cracks in the ceiling or walls inside and outside of the home.  This can indicate that the foundation may be shifting, which can be quite costly to repair.

Landscaping – Foliage makes the outdoor areas of a Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home beautiful.  But, large trees have roots that run deep.  These roots are always looking for a water source.  If planted too close to the house, the roots of a tree will burrow their way into water pipes.  Trust me, you don’t want that to happen.  The root system of trees can also lift a foundation, causing it to crack and creating a multitude of problems.

Attic – Make sure it is insulated properly.  This will help keep cold air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer.  Ask the current owner what their monthly heating/air conditioning bills are like to get a good idea of what you can expect to spend.  Check out the wiring.  Faulty wiring can cause fires.

Age/Condition of Major Items – Find out how old the current appliances (refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc), air conditioning system, paint, water heater and siding are.  Inspect them closely to see what condition they are in.  You may have to replace them, which can add up to a good chunk of change. 

Neighborhood – Take a step back and look at the entire neighborhood your Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home is located in.  Most likely, these homes were all built around the same time as the one you are considering purchasing.  What condition are they in?  Do they show a pride of ownership?  How much traffic and noise do you see and hear?  Visit the property at different times of the day and on different days of the week to gauge the regular patterns of the neighborhood.

Knowing what to look at when buying a home will help you determine which Twin Lakes home is worth considering and which one you should leave behind.  When you want to start looking at homes for yourself, just give us a call.  We’re always ready to help.

Crist & Sharon Fanning, Your Link to the Lake Lifestyle

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