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Crucial Questions Chip Gaines Warns To Ask Before Buying A Home
Before purchasing a home, reno expert Chip Gaines advises people to always investigate the state of the roof, plumbing, and electrical systems when looking to purchase a home.
These are crucial aspects of a home, but they aren't always straightforward to inspect or understand. Faulty electrical wiring or an aging roof can pose serious safety risks.
By understanding the condition of these systems, you can estimate the additional costs that will fall on you after the sale, like repairs or the homeowner's insurance premium.
"When you really believe that you've found 'the one,' it's easy to get swept off your feet and make an offer right then and there," says Gaines to Y! Life.
Gaines recommends a thorough home inspection before jumping in. The inspector can find out when these things were installed, any problems they've had, and any needed upgrades.
You can ask your agent to give you the list of issues, as they’re legally required to disclose. Dig deeper by asking about the types of materials used, like the pipes and wires.
A pro tip is to request proof of things, such as past repairs and building codes. Asking good, specific questions will allow you to make more informed decisions about the property.