3 Things To Consider When Buying a Home

Buying a home is exciting and scary, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned pro. There are many factors to consider, including size, floor plan, location and price. However, there are a few overlooked items that are important to investigate.

Well Water

If your potential new home has a well, you will need to be prepared for the associated maintenance and well pump repair Tampa. Make sure that the well water has been tested and that the pump is in good working order. Also, during a power outage, your electric well pump will not work and you will not be able to pump water. If you live in a drought-prone area, the well may run dry during hot months. Many homes have storage tanks for such situations, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home’s water system.

Septic System

Many homes that are on well water will also have a septic system. Because the septic system is the sanitation component of the home, it is crucial to keep it clean and properly maintained. The main components of a conventional septic system are the septic tank, the distribution box and the drainfield. If the tank and distribution box are not maintained, the drainfield may overflow. Septic system replacement is very costly and can be avoided with routine maintenance, such as pumping and cleaning the tank.

Siding Material

There are many options for siding, and it is important to consider the pros and cons of each before buying a home. For example, a brick exterior looks charming and quaint, but consider maintenance — you will need a brick mason to do repairs. Wood log-look siding makes for a rustic cabin appearance, but it needs to be treated to avoid rot and insect damage. Vinyl and steel siding are durable and low-maintenance but are often more costly.

A new house is a new adventure, and with attention to a few key items, it can be a dream come true.