The prospect of buying a house can both be exciting and challenging. It’s a nice feeling to find the perfect home and make it your own. However, during the buying process, you probably get overwhelmed with all the information that you need to know. Plus, you might also be receiving conflicting advice and ideas from your friends and families.
If it’s your first time to buy a house, then you may be feeling lost during the home buying process especially if you don’t know countless things there is to know about the inside and outside of the house.
In buying a house, you need to ensure that it is well-structured and no major problems present to avoid unwanted surprises in the future. You need to make sure that you are getting good value for your money. Some of the crucial things you need to check are the roofing, the flooring, the walls, the electrical and plumbing system, the landscaping, etc. Among these details, there is one thing you should not skip on checking; that is the door and windows.
Doors and windows should be inspected especially if you are buying an older house. Before you seal the deal, have these checked as doors and windows issues might cost you in the future.
Here are important features that should be inspected before you sign the contract.
Windows and doors should appear square
This does not mean that windows and doors should be in square shape. It means that windows are symmetrical with the side of the house. This goes the same with the door. If the framing of the windows look like it’s popping out, then it means that the windows are poorly installed, or it might be a sign that the structure of the house is no longer in good condition and it’s on the verge of collapsing.
No broken or damaged glass
Cracks and other signs of stress in the glass means that the windows have been installed for quite a while, and it’s time for a change. It can also mean that the glass is not installed properly, maybe because it was installed incorrectly or installed in a frame that is too small for it. This is a risk that windows might break altogether if not addressed immediately. Make sure that these windows are replaced or fixed before buying the house.
Windows and doors are closing and opening properly
There should be no trouble in the opening, closing and even locking the windows and doors, unless there is something like furniture blocking the way when you operate them. If the windows are stuck or require force to open or close it, then it’s probably because the windows are not installed properly, or they should have been replaced a long time ago. You know that windows are of good quality and are installed professionally if you can open and close them smoothly. Locking them also comes easy and makes the windows secured.
Doors that stick or jam when opening and closing them is a warning sign, and you should have a professional to check the state of the foundation.
Windows and doors issues are no different from other issues of the house. If you buy a house with problems on the doors and windows, you’ll surely be facing a considerable amount of money worth of repairs and replacement. Keeping an eye on these issues will give you a huge advantage. It will help you learn the condition of the house, and it will give you an opportunity to walk away to avoid spending a large amount of money on fixing the problems.