When househunting, what are signs of quality renovation? What are signs of a shoddy renovation?
We're looking into buying our first home house. Hurray! We barely know one end of a hammer from the other. Boo.
The stock in our area consists of renovated 50-150 year old rowhomes and/or Victorians. We're worried about buying a home that has been shoddily restored by somebody out to make a quick buck/where major systems issues have been papered over. We'll definitely get inspections, and we'll definitely get all the home disclosure paperwork about when the roof was re-done and when new windows were put in and whether the appliances come with the house and so forth, but what are things we can look for at open houses/initial showings to see if a place is worth further investigation?
Examples of what we look for now:
- If the floors have been re-done to be hardwood or laminate, then they should be even and should not tilt alarmingly to one side. We also check the millwork around stairs and doors to see whether there are gaps and/or whether the pieces match the rest of the floor.
- The shower/bath fixtures have an access panel that is easily accessible, so that fixtures can be replaced down the line without ripping the wall apart.
- If there is exposed brick, it should be an interior brick wall. If there is exposed brick or an unfinished basement, there shouldn't be any effloresence
Are we correct to look for these things? If so, what are other things like this we should look for?
We've seen this
, but are looking for tips on the construction side of things.