Inspecting A New Home - Ann Arbor MI - Real Estate One Matt Dejanovich

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Whether you're still in the showing stage or getting ready for a final walkthrough, it's important to remember to check the roof and basement while inspecting a new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Real Estate One Ann Arbor, Realtor Matt Dejanovich is happy to help customers come up with a checklist for these parts of the property. You may be willing to buy a home that needs minor repairs, but make sure you understand what you're getting into.

Inspecting A New Home's Basement

Moisture and water intrusion are the biggest concerns in homes with basements. While inspecting a new home, look out for the following:

  • Mold, moisture and poor drainage
  • Buckling or leaning walls
  • Hard-to-open doors
  • Crumbling, chipping concrete
  • Fissures, cracks and ruptures

Some of the older houses in the Ann Arbor area may not even have a concrete foundation. Instead, these homes could be have foundations made of stone. A great price point could make a home with stone foundations a great buy. However, they make it extremely hard to repel moisture and water and require specialized maintenance. Be sure you're ready for what that entails. 

Inspecting A New Home's Roof

If you're buying a home, check out the roof. It's one of the most overlooked factors in inspecting a new home. Here are some signs that may be red flags:

  • Cracked caulk on flashing
  • Rusted flashing
  • Buckled or curling shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Cracked and worn rubber around vents
  • Damaged chimney cap
  • Moss and lichen, which may indicate advanced decay 

If you detect any of the conditions above, consider asking the owner for a pricing concession or to complete the necessary repairs as a condition of the sale.

Habitable Basement

Building a bar or game room in the basement has looser requirements than a bedroom or apartment where someone will spend the majority of their time. There are additional things to keep in mind if you plan to rent out or finish the basement as a habitable space. Matt can help you create a customized checklist based on area zoning and permitting requirements.

Importance Of A Professional Inspection

Don't be caught off-guard by water damage, termites, radon, lead paint or other major problems after you move into a house. A thorough home inspection is crucial prior to buying a property. It gives you advance warning of problems and dilemmas that may accompany owning a particular home.

Contact Us

Call Ann Arbor Realtor Matt Dejanovich at (734) 476-7100 for more information about how to find your new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

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