House hunting can be a daunting task. With so many factors at play and a crazy market to contend with, it can be tempting to put an offer in on the first house you can afford. However, buying a house is still a huge decision and investment, and it’s very important to be discerning. At ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc., Phil and the entire team want to help future homeowners in any way they can. That’s why, today on the blog, we’re listing three things to look for during your house hunt that suggest the home you’re considering has been well-maintained and will be a sound investment in your future.
1. Air Filters
One of the most basic home maintenance tasks is replacing air filters regularly. When you’re looking at a house, see if you can take a quick peek at the HVAC filter to see if it has been replaced recently. If it is clean, that means the current homeowner is taking care of at least some of the home maintenance tasks. However, if the filter is dirty, the homeowner is neglecting a very simple task and may be behind in several other home maintenance tasks as well.
2. Service Records
Similarly, you should be able to check the major components of the home for signs of maintenance. The furnace, air conditioning unit, and water heater will typically have stickers on them that show when they have last been serviced. If the current owner has been keeping up with regular maintenance, you should be able to see them. Don’t be hesitant to ask for this documentation if it’s not easily available. A homeowner who has these important components serviced each year is probably going out of their way to take care of the house, which is a great sign!
3. Curb Appeal
Finally, pay attention to the landscaping and curb appeal of the home. A well-maintained home is one that the homeowner has taken pride in, and the landscaping will generally reflect that. A meticulously landscaped lawn, power-washed siding, and a freshly painted mailbox are all great signs that the current homeowner is caring for the home well.
Of course, the best and only way to fully know if a home is worth buying is by investing in a professional home inspection. So, if the home you’re considering has the above elements, go ahead and schedule a home inspection with the experts at ProTech Home & Property Inspections. Contact us today in Atlanta, Georgia, at (470) 592-8828. We look forward to serving you.