Home buying is more than a simple purchase. Its an investment in your future and your families future. For first time buyers it can be a bit over whelming.
Lucky for you as a real estate agent Sheryl Bichsel is here to help you through the process.
Here are some helpful tips before making your big investment.
How’s the Plumbing?
Plumbing can come in a variety of materials. Some more suited for different environments. Copper all around is generally your best bet for pipes. But PVC is a perfectly reliable alternative. And really when it comes to environmental damage the pipes composition is not usually the determining factor. Pipes are generally more prone to bursting in Southern climates where homes are less likely to be designed to protect pipes from the weather. But that doesn’t mean that all homes in Oklahoma are protected from damage. Older homes may have developed openings as foundations and seals begin to weaken over time.
Is the Home Well Insulated?
Heating oil can be an costly if the home you are living in can’t keep the heat inside. Living in the mid-west temperatures can get a little cold in the winter. We aren’t living in the desert after all. Be sure to have an expert inspect the quality of the home for insulation quality. When was the insulation last replaced if the home is old. And finally can the existing heating unit provide enough heat for the home.
These tips are useful for narrowing down your search. But when you really think you found that home that just says, “yes”. Its time to get some professional help to make absolutely sure you are making the right choice.
Understanding Property Disclosure
Unless your buying a new home. The home is going to have a little history. This can be a good thing as it gives the home character. But knowing when character came out of calamity, can be the difference between a little fixer upper and a “money pit”.
The state of Oklahoma requires sellers to provide full disclosure over any major damage that has occurred in or immediately surrounding a home.
To find out more about a homes history you can fill out an official Residential Property Condition Disclosure form from Oklahoma’s official website.
Have the Home Inspected
Legally the home seller is obligated to tell you every known defect in a home. But what about the unknowns? With all that can happen to a home somewhere deep under the foundation a little problem could be quietly growing. In order to be safe, for everyone’s benefit. It makes sense to hire a professional to come out and really have a look at the home that you and your family may be living in for a decade or more.