Q: I just bought a house. What should I look out for before I actually move?

Question asked by Gabrielle Lakley, on November 2, 2019
I just bought a house. What should I look out for before I actually move?
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Answer:

A couple of things come to mind immediately. For a brand-new construction home, there will be fewer things to worry about. Mainly, for new homes you’ll want to make sure it was built in a structurally sound way (e.g. If it rains, does your yard cause the water to slope toward your house instead of away from it?). But if you are buying a used home, then you need to take these things into consideration; Mold, asbestos, and lead paint are 3 things that can make it dangerous to live in your home. If you used a home inspector before you bought the property, they should tell you if mold, asbestos, or lead paint was an issue. Pest infestations are another concern – and old house might have nooks and crannies that insects or vermin might find to be quite cozy (the home inspector should also be able to spot signs of infestation). And finally, make sure key items are in good repair – the roof, boiler, plumbing etc. (again, the home inspector can point out any issues to you). These things can be repaired/taken care of after you move in, but it’s always easier to resolve these issues before you move in if you are able to.