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What are the Top 5 Things to Check in a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale?

What are the Top 5 Things to Check in a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale

 

When you are financially prepared to purchase a home, the decision on which home to choose is your next big step. This can be both thrilling and stressful. The excitement builds up as you get closer and closer to having your dream home. But more often than not, excitement makes homebuyers forget the importance of inspecting a home carefully. The moment they realize the tedious process of inspecting a home, stress enters the scene.

What are the 5 top things to check in a Lakeland FL Home for Sale?To help lessen the stress of trying to figure out what to check and how to go about choosing the best home for you, remember to do the things below. Early inspections will save you from a whole lot of trouble and buyer remorse.  If you can focus on these areas before buying your Lakeland Fl home, you will at least cover the most basic aspects of choosing a good home for you and your family.

 

1. Check the Roof

The roof is generally the most expensive item to replace when purchasing a home.  Insurance companies here in Florida put pressure on buyers making sure the roof has a shelf-life of at least 5-10 years.  Additionally, buyers may have to show proof by making sure the roof was properly permitted recorded with city or county.  

 

 

2. Check the Foundation

A problematic foundation may require a large of money to repair in the future. Usually, you will notice cracks on the walls or doors and windows which don’t seem to close properly. Of course, not all cracks are caused by problems with the foundation. However, if you observe any of these conditions you should inquire further as to the condition of the foundation.

 

3. Check the Electrical Aspect

It is undeniable that having a home with zero electrical issues is a delight. When you look for a home, be sure to inspect whether electrical aspects are working well.You can check on sockets and switches on your visit.  However, an inspector can check more thoroughly and maybe able to pinpoint an electrical problem immediately.  

 


4. Check the Plumbing

 

Water and electricity are essentials of a good home. Plumbing is something that needs to be checked out upfront. When you visit a Lakeland Fl home for sale, be sure to check the sinks for signs of possible problems that might need expensive repairs in the future, such as dents and cracks. Just like the electrical part, plumbing can also be more thoroughly checked by an expert inspector.

 

5. Check the Landscaping

 

It is easy to spot beautiful landscaping since it’s the first thing you see when you visit a home for sale. A good landscape can add beauty to a home. However, a bad one can cause problems in the future. The general rule of thumb is to have a distance of at least 12 inches between plants and the walls of a home. Since plants are regularly watered, the exposure to moisture may weaken the foundation of a house. This may cause costly renovations and repairs in the long run. If you are sure that the landscape is beautiful,  functional and won’t cause damage to your home, then that home should earn points in your choices.


The design of a home is probably not as important as its functionality. At the end of the day, you will feel more at peace when you know that the Lakeland Fl home you bought is not just beautiful but also working well and won’t need repairs in the near future.

 

 

 

Authored by Petra Norris 

 

Petra Norris - REALTOR®, SFR
Managing Broker - CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
 
CDV TransAtlantic Inc
(863) 619-6918
 
Lakeland Florida Home Search
 
Comment balloon 3 commentsPetra Norris • March 31 2014 06:05AM
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