When viewing homes for sale in Fort Erie, there are some important elements to be on the lookout for. If you think you have found your dream home, you would be well advised to conduct a thorough inspection of the entire property (including all outbuildings, garages, attics, crawlspaces, cellars and perimeter walls).

Here’s a checklist of some of the most important examinations to carry out to ensure that you are fully aware of the condition of all aspects of the home before deciding to buy.

  1. Roof, Gutters And Ceilings

Inspect the roof to ascertain its age, condition and materials. Examine gutters and downpipes.  Do the same for the ceilings, checking for sagging panels. Look for discolorations that indicate dampness or leaks. Pay special attention to joins where there have been additions or alterations to the original structure. If you have any doubts, call in an expert. Roof repairs can destroy your home maintenance budget.

  1. Facing Direction

Establish the direction that the home is facing, as this has an impact on cooling and heating expenses. Visit the home at different times of the day and assess the interior temperature versus the outdoor temperature. Take note of any heating and cooling systems installed in the home and ask questions about their usage.

  1. Look Inside Everything

Do a thorough inspection of the inside of all built-in cupboards and cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, scullery, laundry and pantry. Look for signs of damp or discoloration caused by leaks. Also, scrutinize signs of fresh paint or repairs in these areas indicating a possible cover-up of an existing problem.

  1. On And Off, Open And Close

Test all things that can be switched on and off or opened and closed. Light switches, electrical outlets, taps, toilets, doors, windows, locks, showers, baths.

  1. Built-In Appliances And Fixtures

Test all built-in appliances like wall ovens, cooktops, dishwashers, ventilation hoods, heating and cooling systems.  Check functionality of specialized installations such as alarm systems, sensors, CCTV, smart home features, fibre connections, solar panels and remote-controlled access. Also include more inaccessible fixtures like the water heaters.

For specialist advice on these and other areas to look out for when seeking homes for sale in Fort Erie, look no further than Flynn Real Estate. We offer professional, expert services focussing on exceptional customer satisfaction. Our knowledgeable real estate brokers will help you find your dream home.