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Buying an Older Home? Watch for these Catastrophes Waiting to Happen

Rhonda Duffy

It’s no surprise that you will need to spend a little money on home improvement projects if you choose an older home. Whether you are preparing for renovate the whole property or you are looking at the essential tasks that need to be addressed, it is important that you have a clear understanding about the cash that will be needed for the construction.

You will need to cover the initial costs of buying the property, moving, and transforming the house into a home. Plus, you need to be ready to cover unexpected costs in case a catastrophe hits after you move in. A good home inspector will be able to identify potential problems that you might be facing. So, you should never skip the home inspection before closing on the sale! Here are a few other things that might cost money after you move in:

Dead Trees Near the Home

Even in the yard is in good condition, you need to consider the health of the trees that are located near the home. If an old tree is too close to the building, it is possible that the tree could damage your property if it came crashing down in a windstorm. If the tree hits the house, then you could have thousands of dollars in costs to repair the roof, replace the windows, fix the siding, and more.

Don’t wait for the disaster to hit! Protect your home by hiring a landscaping or tree trimming company that can cut back the dangerous branches. Or, it might be necessary to cut down the tree if it is a threat to your home.

Leaky Gas Connections

Many homes have gas connections for various appliances in the building: the gas stove, water heater, dryer, and more. Check the connections to ensure that you aren’t facing any leaks.

The smallest leaks could be a potential threat to your home and family. If the gas catches a spark, then your house might go up in flames. This accident can be prevented by hiring an expert to check all of the gas connections and repair the problems that are discovered.

Appliances that Haven’t Been Serviced

The water heater, stove, fridge, HVAC system, and other appliances in the home could have problems if the previous homeowners didn’t keep up with regular servicing and repair work. If you aren’t planning to buy new appliances, then it is best to hire an expert to complete an inspection and identify repair work that might be needed. A little bit of prevention can save you thousands of dollars in the future.

DUFFY Realty has been leading the Atlanta real estate industry for many years. We understand the potential catastrophes when buying a home. Our team is here to help you identify possible issues so that you can choose the best property for your family. For more information about buying or selling a home, we invite you to call our team to schedule a consultation: (678) 318-1700

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