As a first-time homebuyer, it’s important to thoroughly inspect a potential home before making a purchase. Here are key things to look for when buying your first home in New York:

  1. Structural Integrity: Check for any signs of foundation issues, such as cracks or uneven floors. Inspect walls and ceilings for cracks, water stains, or bulges.
  2. Roof Condition: Examine the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Check for signs of leaks in the attic.
  3. Windows and Doors: Ensure windows and doors open and close smoothly. Check for drafts or air leaks around windows and doors.
  4. Plumbing System: Test faucets, toilets, and showers for leaks and proper drainage. Inspect the water heater for age and signs of corrosion.
  5. Electrical System: Check the electrical panel for any signs of wear or outdated wiring. Test light switches and outlets to ensure they work properly.
  6. Appliances and HVAC Systems: Inspect the condition of appliances included in the sale. Test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  7. Pest Issues: Look for signs of pests such as termites, rodents, or insects. Check for pest damage in wood structures.
  8. Insulation and Ventilation: Inspect the insulation in the attic. Check for proper ventilation to prevent moisture issues.
  9. Crawl Spaces and Basements: Examine crawl spaces and basements for signs of water intrusion. Look for any structural issues in these areas.
  10. Exterior: Check the condition of siding, paint, and trim. Inspect the landscaping for drainage issues and potential hazards.
  11. Neighborhood and Location: Evaluate the safety and amenities of the neighborhood. Consider proximity to schools, shopping, and public services.
  12. Home Size and Layout: Assess whether the home meets your current and future needs. Consider the layout and flow of the living spaces.
  13. Resale Value: Research the resale value of similar homes in the area. Consider potential for property value appreciation.
  14. Homeowner’s Association (HOA): Understand the rules, fees, and regulations of any homeowners’ association. Determine if it aligns with your preferences and lifestyle.
  15. Home Inspection: Hire a qualified NY home inspector to conduct a thorough inspection. Review the inspection report for any issues or concerns.

Remember to approach the home buying process with a critical eye and be willing to ask questions. It’s also beneficial to work with a real estate professional to guide you through the process and provide valuable insights.

Many often know they will want renovations done to the home after it is purchased. In that case, you may qualify for an FHA HUD 203(k) loan. As New York HUD Consultants, Rolo Homes can help you save money by working with you to apply.

Additional tips for after purchase

Rolo Homes has been working with property owners for years. Be sure to check out some of our helpful guides and checklists to ensure your new home lasts for years to come.

And of course, if you have any questions regarding home inspections or maintenance, feel free to give us a call or submit a form from our contact page.