Checklist: What To Look For In A House in Athens

When buying a house, you should know what to look for because it can save you a lot of expense, headache, and heartache down the road. There are, of course, the obvious red flags that most people know to heed, but there are plenty of other subtler signs that aren’t so well known. To help you out, then, we offer this checklist of what to look for in a house in Athens.

First Steps to Take

When investigating a house in Athens, there are some larger things to look at first and some important first steps. These include:

  • Check out the roof. Is it new, or is it in bad repair? A roof is fairly expensive to replace, and a new roof on the house could lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
  • Look beyond the surface. Ignore the shiny new appliances and attractive paint on the walls. Go deep and check out the framing and foundation.
  • Is the HVAC system functioning well? If not it could drive up utility bills and is an expensive replacement.
  • Examine the plumbing carefully – under the house, under the sinks, and everywhere. Is there any evidence of leaks and mold?
  • Make sure a house in Athens is well insulated. Otherwise, you’ll pay through the nose on monthly utility bills.
  • Don’tstop at the structures – examine the land as well. Does water stand in the yard? Are the fences in the right place? Is there a danger of flooding?

You should also think about what would amount to a deal-breaker for you and keep that in mind as you make your examination of a house inAthens. Ask yourself what your lifestyle requirements demand in a house, and look for those things.

Checklist of What to Look for in a House in Athens

Now we come to the actual checklist you will use for a house in Athens. It follows fairly closely the checklist that inspectors use, so as you make your examination, note anything you want the inspector to look at more closely.

EXTERIOR OF A HOUSE IN Athens

ROOF AND  ATTIC

  • Missing shingles
  • Need for a replacement roof
  • Flashing where it should be
  • Signs of leaks

FOUNDATION

  • Visible cracks
  • Sagging portions
  • Tree roots too close

YARD

  • Proper drainage
  • Soggy areas
  • Condition of walkways and driveways

INTERIOR OF A HOUSE IN Athens

APPLIANCES (WHEN INCLUDED IN SALE)

  • Well maintained
  • Ages
  • Safety
  • Proper installation
  • Leaks under sinks

STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

  • Evidence of previous fire
  • Cracks in walls (either vertical or horizontal)
  • Stains on ceilings, floors, or walls

SUB-SYSTEMS AND VENTILATION

  • Any smells or odors and source
  • The HVAC system in good working order
  • The water heater of sufficient capacity
  • Exhaust fan in kitchen

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

ELECTRICAL

  • Working switches
  • Outlets properly grounded
  • Functioning ceiling fans
  • Electrical panel up to code

PLUMBING

  • Unusual noises (gurgling, dripping, and so on)
  • Enough pressure at faucets and other fixtures
  • Evidence of leaks
  • Faucets, toilets, tubs, and showers shut off properly

GARAGE

Check for signs of wear and/or damage:

  • Slab
  • Ceiling
  • Walls
  • Vents
  • Lights
  • Door
  • Door opener
  • Roof

Talk to Your Agent

You also shouldn’t be surprised if you find problems and issues that need to be addressed. Almost every house has some defect or problem, but most of them will be fixable. It’s just that you need to be well prepared for what lies ahead. Then the next step after using our checklist of what to look for in a house in [marekt_city] is to hire a licensed inspector to give the house a thorough, professional going-over. You can find an inspector yourself or ask your agent for recommendations. And don’t forget to ask your agent what to look for in a house in Athens – she knows.

Contact us to learn more about what to look for when buying a house in Athens! 706-426-1082

Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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