Home Upgrades That Could Cause Problems Before Closing The Deal

Posted on: 28 September 2022

After some diligent searching, you've finally found your dream home. While everything seems pretty cut and dry and you're ready to make an offer, there are important things to consider. Does the home have a lot of new upgrades? You might want to take a closer look to make sure they were done professionally, or it could cost you. Here are some things to look for to prevent causing problems in the long run. 

Open Floor Plan

You may have been searching for a home with an open floor plan, and you believe you've found a diamond in the rough. On the listing, the sellers explained they recently remodeled and tore out walls to make a large, open space. While it appeals to you, be sure to take a closer look. 

A home inspector might be able to catch any potential problems, but a structural engineer can spot an issue. If it was a DIY project, support beams and walls could have been removed to open the space. The result may not affect the home right away, but long-term could lead to structural damage that could be pricey to repair. 

Large Wrap-Around Deck

Something that caught your eye when it comes to the home you are about to buy is that it has a huge newly built deck. This will be a beautiful spot to entertain family and guests. But is it safe? Be sure your realtor asks the selling agent about the deck. Who built it? Are there inspection reports available to read? It's important to have this information before the building inspection takes place. If there are any discrepancies, the seller will have to explain. 

A faulty deck can be a huge safety hazard. It can also cost hundreds in repairs if it currently doesn't meet code requirements. 

New Bathroom Addition

An important feature in any home is the bathroom. If a major selling point includes a new walk-in shower or another upgrade, it can be an attractive incentive to put down an offer. But don't jump on an offer just yet. Take a close look at how well everything is put together. Are there any gaps or leaks anywhere? Flooring and vanities should be flush with the wall. 

Your home inspector will check the toilet and shower to ensure they drain properly. They will also inspect the plumbing and electrical to ensure everything is good and can properly support routing usage. 

Failure to catch issues before closing on a real estate deal can lead to nightmares down the road. Talk to someone in your realtor group about addressing potential issues and asking important questions. Finding out if something needs replacement sooner rather than later will save you money and a headache. Here's to a happy home-buying experience! For more information, contact a realtor near you.