What to Know Before Buying a Home

Before hitting the streets to look for a home, check out these helpful facts and figures from the experts at Sleep On It.

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  • Marble or stone countertops are more popular than laminate or formica.

  • Banging from air in pipes along with sediment or rusty water is common in homes that have been unoccupied.

  • Keep in mind that older appliances often aren't as energy-efficient as newer ones.

  • Because they are quite porous, make sure stone floors are sealed for easy cleanup and stain resistance.

  • Take copious notes of unusual features, colors and design elements.

  • Check around the damper in the fireplace to make sure it is tightly sealed and that outside air is not leaking in to the house.

  • Turn on all kitchen appliances to make sure they are in good working order.

  • Use pressurized wood and waterproof the fence posts below ground

  • Recirculation hoods may clog up unless you change the filters regularly.

  • Ask the seller to provide a home warranty to cover faulty HVAC, wiring, plumbing or appliances

  • An unlevel floor may indicate a foundation problem such as settling, rot or termite damage.

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