Choosing Your First Home: What You Should Know

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When you are in the market for your first home, whether it be an apartment or house, you may find yourself overwhelmed with options as well as with all of the various factors you need to consider when choosing a new home. From choosing the right neighborhood, price point, square footage, and household condition, there are so many ideas circling around in your head that you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused. You may then find yourself relying on your emotional or aesthetic connection to a home rather than an analytic assessment.

Before you make this potential mistake, get to know some of the most important factors to consider when choosing your first home:

Make Sure The Home Is Free Of Mold

One of the biggest health hazards in any home environment is mold. And because this problem is so often under the surface of the walls and floors, it can go on undetected for months or even years. 

You're going to have to make sure your home has no mold. Get a mold inspection performed. Depending on the situation, the rental company or realtor may foot the bill for this procedure, but more often than not, you will need to pay for it yourself.

If mold is found during the mold inspection, be sure that you hire a contractor to have the mold removed and affected structures (walls, window frames, or floors) replaced before you move in or sign your paperwork. This will ensure that the home you move into will not be dangerous to your health.

Roof Inspections and Flooding History

Another important element to consider when moving into your first home is the condition of the roof and the potential risk of flooding in the home based on past history. To determine the condition of the roof, you will need to request a roof inspection.

If you are moving into an apartment building, they will likely only provide you with information about the last roof inspection or repairs performed. However, if you are purchasing a home, have a contractor come in and have a look at the roof. They will be able to assess the condition and quality of the roofing materials. They can also take a look in the attic and at the ceilings within the home to look for any signs of water damage.

Finding out if the home you plan to move into has a history of water damage or flooding is also important. Particularly in apartments, you will want to look closely at the ceilings. Look for any areas of discoloration on the ceilings. Also, if your ceiling has popcorn texturing, look for smooth patches. These two elements are signs of previous water damage or flooding. Make sure you ask about water damage history in any home you are considering before you sign a lease or mortgage agreement.

As you look at the various available properties for your first home, keep these two very important factors in the forefront of your mind. These two health and safety elements should be among the primary factors in your final decision making process. To learn more, contact a company like American Environmental Specialists LLC.

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