Recognize Flawed Foundations at the Start

     One of the leading problems for first time home buyers is being able to assess the condition of homes from the start. It's easy to tell a top conditioned home compared to a lousy home, but first time home buyers have difficult evaluating the properties that are in between. Here is a small blog that will help you identify home conditions from the star, knowing what the real estate agent is talking about. 

Problems start at the bottom

     We start with the floors. Most houses and apartments constructed with a base, called the foundation. This is often just concrete poured in a flat sheet on the ground. The weight bearing system is above that called the sub-floor. The sub-floor is often times a weight bearing system set up with pieces of wood, and smaller pieces of wood connecting them. Then a smaller floor is laid on top of that which usually consists of hardwood, oak, or bamboo planks. The floor that is laid is usually depending on what the room is used for. For example, bathroom floors are usually tile that are laid on top of concrete. This is because wood would not hold up well with exposed water all around it.

Cracked Foundation

     Picture a house like a wedding cake, there are layers upon layers, and the whole cake would be ruined if the bottom layer was ruined. Like buying a house, it is essential to watch for cracked foundations. This can cause major problems in the value, and the upkeep of your home. Construction companies will fix this by lifting your entire house, fixing the crack and lowering it back down again, and this is extremely expensive.

Mismatched Heights

     Another problem that can happen is different floor heights. Either the floor rises, or lowers in different parts of the same room. Pipes may need to run through one room and cause rising floors, which is disastrous. This isn't a huge flaw, but it is annoying, and it will annoy you the entire time you live in the house.

Flimsy Finish

     A third problem is that the floor has finishing problems. Bathroom tiles may be chipped, or even pieces missing. Wood floors expand when it's humid out, and contract when its dry. Basically they expand in the summer, and contract in the winter. If you see this problem from the start, just know it will only get worse as the seasons ensue. Flooring problems aren't real expensive, but it is a hassle. If your carpet is gross and stained, just pull it up and lay down some new. What you need to make sure of, is there isn't any damage below. If you are buying a new house, look near corners and radiators for water damage that could rot the floor.  

Disregard the Squeaks

     Don't worry about the squeaks. All that is, is just the floor wood dipping into the joists. It's just putting a coffee can lid back on, you know its going to pop. There are two things to do about it though. First, you can have a floor man come and tear up the floor and replace the second layer below it. Or you can live with it. Either way floors do squeak and it's not a huge deal.

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