There’s a lot to take in when you’re touring a house that’s had previous occupants. It can be easy to overlook potential issues during a 20-minute tour.
Having a realtor accompany you and ordering a home inspection if you eventually decide to buy it, can help you get a clearer picture of a home.
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6 Things to Look for When Touring a Resale House
Know a few things to look for when you tour a house that’s on the market.
What’s Included & Excluded in the House Sale
- What’s generally included
- Fixtures: Installed or affixed items such as planted trees, lighting fixtures, curtain rods
- Items in the sales contract the seller agrees to include
- What’s generally not included
- Furniture, appliances, decor
- Tip: Take photos of items and of serial numbers on appliances the seller has agreed to include in the sale
- Excluded items: Fixtures the seller excludes in the sales contract
Kitchen & Bath Concerns
- Be concerned about:
- Mold: Smelled or seen
- Inadequate water pressure: Turn on faucets, flush toilets
- Leaks: Look under sinks for links and mold
- Old or inadequate water pipes: Corrosion, leaks
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Multiple incomplete repairs
- Partitioned or added walls not built to code
- Poorly installed flooring
- Lingering smells or signs of animal or human waste or smoking
- Unclean air filtering through items such as exhaust fans
- Built-up filth in corners
- Fixtures like bathtubs, hard flooring, cabinetry, windows and countertops
- Not usually costly to replace
- Unpleasing paint colors, carpet, window treatments and towel holders
- Peer over the fence: Discarded appliances, vehicles, trash in yards
- Surrounding homes and outbuildings in disrepair
- Cars, tree branches, bushes encroaching on neighboring properties