3 Things That Shouldn’t Keep You from Buying a Home

3 Things That Shouldn’t Keep You from Buying a Home

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By: Ron Kane

3 Things That Shouldn’t Keep You from Buying a Home

There’s a lot involved in buying a home. From finding the right real estate agent and navigating the house-hunting process to negotiating with sellers and handling the closing, the whole process can be overwhelming. Then you have the all-important home inspection to consider, which can present unforeseen problems in a home that you otherwise were excited about.

While home inspections are a critical part of the home buying process, not everything that shows up on an inspection should turn you off from making a purchase. If you feel like you have found your dream home, don’t let these three issues give you cold feet:

Unclean Water

Clean water shouldn’t be taken for granted because some homes are in cities where harmful contaminants have been found in the water supply. Nonetheless, this shouldn’t necessarily keep you from purchasing a home.

  • Among other factors, clean water helps to provide nourishment and prevent diseases for members of your household.
  • One of the easiest ways to ensure that there is quality drinking water in your house is to install a countertop filtered water system.
  • Another way to improve the water supply in your home is to have a plumber perform a complete flush of your system (or do it yourself).

Unclean Air

Yes, having clean air is also one of the most essential aspects of a home. But you can get your air cleaner by following a few simple steps.

  • Change your air filters regularly (every one to three months, depending on whether you have pets or allergies, among other factors).
  • Use cooking vents when you use a stovetop and other cooking appliances.
  • Have your air ducts checked for issues (or do it yourself).
  • Clean your home regularly—especially carpet and rugs, since bacteria and dust like to collect there.
  • Use houseplants that help to purify the air while also adding appeal to your living space.

Bad Landscaping

Since it’s one of the first things you see when touring a home, bad landscaping can turn you off immediately. However, most of the time, it can be improved with a little work.

  • Spreading seed and straw can help new grass sprout quickly.
  • Trimming shrubs and tree limbs can make your landscaping look cleaner while increasing safety.
  • Adding native plants and mulch can make a big difference when it comes to curb appeal.
  • And of course, keeping up with basic lawn care is a must.
  • Finally, installing an irrigation system can do wonders for helping you maintain a beautiful, lush lawn.

There are some problems with homes that should raise red flags and potentially keep you from making the purchase. And then there are issues that can be fixed relatively easily. Unclean water, unclean air, and bad landscaping are examples of the latter. So if you run into one or all of these problems on a home inspection, consider how you can remedy them before you decide to back out of the deal.

About the Author:  “Ron Kane started early in learning about roofing and house maintenance projects. While other kids were sledding and being tricked into eating yellow snow, Ron and his brother, Dennis, were starting their own sidewalk shoveling business and helping their dad repair and replace roofs. Through the years, they’ve learned a lot about what it takes to protect your home and family from winter weather.