Ready to buy that new home now? Don’t do it yet! We still have more important things to cover! And don’t think that you’ve asked all of the right questions. Seeing as we have been in the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical business for over 40 years, we advise that you ask questions about the home’s air conditional and heating unit, wiring, plumbing, etc. Here are some of the things you should be considering when looking to buy a fully functional, practical home for you and your family…
- Grade sloping and draining: It doesn’t matter if your house is situated in a north/south or east/west direction. If your home is located on a downward facing slope, you’re bound to run into issues. Although it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, when it rains, it tends to pour. And when it does, excess water that doesn’t drain properly could lead to issues like rot and mold buildup, foundational movement, cracking, settling, and even wet or damp crawlspace. These all pose issues to not only your physical safety, but to your health.
- Always check the wiring: We cannot emphasize this enough. Always, always ask and inspect the wiring that is part of the house. In fact, one of the most common reasons for house fires is due to faulty or old wiring. While this is important for modern homes, it’s even more crucial for older homes, as many do not have the capability to supply enough electrical power outlets, can sustain enough power, etc. Also be on the lookout for any exposed electrical wires. No matter the age of the home, electrical wires should never be exposed, whether inside or outside of the home. Exposed wires are subject to damage, which could spark not only a power outage, but a fire, explosion, or worse.
- HVAC units: While all houses come with HVAC units nowadays, not all houses are built the same, despite all having heating and cooling. Ask about the unit itself, how it was installed, if the unit is new or old, as well as any common heating and cooling issues that have occurred in the house.
While we could go on for hours about more important questions you should be asking and things you should be looking for, we’ll stop here. You can even schedule an appointment with one of our experts who would be happy to inspect any HVAC, electrical, or plumbing appliances and units for your home in question.