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Beaverton Oregon Real Estate: Buying any home – 5 things you should look for when looking at homes

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Whether you are buying your first home or your fifth, there are many things you should look for when you walk through a home you are considering for purchase.

MOLD - When in the bathroom look in the corners for mold and / or fresh paint. If there is fresh paint you may considerhaving a mold test done.

DAMP WINDOWSILLS –Go to the windows and look at the woodaround the window. Does it look like it has been wet or is showing signs of cracking? This is a sign that a window either is leaking or not sealed anymore and is letting condensation form and is damaging the surrounding wood.

FLASHING - Look for flashing around chimneys and vents. Without this flashing water can get in to cracks and start to leak in to attics and walls, causing mold and dry rot.

HEATER and A/C –When you walk into a house the first thing I suggest you turn on is the heat, no matter what time of year it is.Check to see if the furnace comes on and produces heat, then after 10 minutes turn on the A/C if the property has it. These are two common problems that people don’t find out about until after they have moved inand both can be very expensive to fix.

WATER PRESSURE –Turn on a few sinks and a shower at the same time and see how much the water pressure drops. If the pressur edoes drop, this can be a sign that the pipes are older and may need cleaning soon.Also check to see how fast the Hot Water comes on when you turn it on. While you are doing this it might be a good idea to check to see the age of the waterheater .If older than 10 years it might be coming to the end of its useful life.

For more information on little things to look for when buying a home, please feel to call or e-mail me anytime.



Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


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Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)



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