The economy is strong, the housing market is hot, and you might be considering investing in a residential property in Southern California. Purchasing a home could be an extremely daunting task for most individuals, but if you put in some work, do your research, are patient, and follow some important guidelines, you will have no problem finding the perfect home for yourself and your family.
Although purchasing a new home has its advantages, many times, new homes come ‘move-in ready’ and have a much higher price tag than older homes. Therefore, many prospective homeowners in Southern California prefer to buy a previously-owned property that needs some updating because it allows them to customize their home within a limited budget. As a new homeowner, there are some things you can look out for and do in order to protect your most valuable investment.
It is no secret that unfortunately, here in Southern California, we live in an earthquake zone – it is the price we pay to live next to sandy beaches and sunny skies. That is why it is extremely important that you make sure your home’s foundation is solid prior to making your purchase. The foundation is the first component of the home that is constructed and if done improperly, may have compounding effects throughout the home. Additionally, as a home ‘settles,’ the foundation may tilt in certain areas. Especially in Southern California, with its constant ground movement, many foundations shift through the years, causing structural tilting and damage. Signs of a failing foundation could include misaligned doors or windows that don’t close properly, crumbling or buckling walls, and cracks or gaps between the foundation and the soil.
As the foundation is one of the first components to be constructed, a home’s roofing system is considered one of the last. The roof’s purpose is to serve as a home’s “helmet,” so to speak, protecting the occupants from the elements, while also allowing the home to adequately breathe through the changing seasons.An aging roofing system shows signs such as sagging or drooping, missing shingles, and deteriorating wood. Prior to hiring a licensed contractor to replace a roof, you should take notice of these key signs, and invest in a proper roofing system. This will ensure that your home and family are well protected for the life of your home.
A quick and simple way to improve your recently purchased home’s curb appeal, while also saving some money, is installing new energy-efficient windows. It is widely known that having an outdated window system can contribute to upwards of 40% of a home’s energy loss and cause drafty rooms throughout the house. Identifying features of an old window system can help considerably. These features can include: stuck or troublesome windows, loose fitting windows, gaps in the frames, or windows that rattle. By installing a new quality window system, a homeowner can save up to 30% on their home’s energy costs, while also adding significant curb appeal.
Buying a home is a rewarding accomplishment for any family, but it should not be taken lightly. Purchasing a home should be seen as a long-term investment and one should protect that investment. Focusing on some of the home’s most crucial components, like roofing or windows, will not only ensure the comfort of your family and provide a stylish exterior upgrade, it will also increase the longevity of the home, and in turn, your investment.