When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited. But before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some costly surprises.

Start at the top

Ask when the current roof was installed. Is it the original roof, or has it been replaced, repaired, or covered over with new shingles in certain spots? Are there known leaks?


Windows and doors

Look at the windows to see if there is any condensation between the panes. If so, it could mean window replacements are in order.


Once inside, close the front door to see if any light is coming through between the edge of the opening and the wall. This could indicate that the door may need to be replaced.

Lighting and electrical

Throughout the interior rooms, check out how many electrical outlets there are and whether they are in convenient locations. Also, will you need to rig up extension cords or invest in electrical work in order to support all the lamps, ceiling fixtures, etc. you wish to use?

Know what you can’t see

One thing you can’t see is the quality of the home’s indoor air. Adding a Trane Clean-Effects Air Cleaner to the heating and cooling system can remove 99.98 percent of airborne particles including dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, and even bacteria from the filtered air — so everyone in your new home can breathe easier.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.