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What Should You Focus on When Viewing a Home

When should you focus on when buying a home

Today we’re discussing all the things you need to be on the lookout for when you’re viewing a potential home for purchase. No home is ever going to be 100% perfect, but with homes going quickly in this market,these are the things homebuyers should truly be focusing on when viewing a potential home.

Here’s where you should focus your attention when viewing a potential home.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to skip to topics that interest you most:

0:50- The home’s location

Drive through the area before or after viewing a home you like. Make sure you can easily access your favorite places, work, and school zone you want. You can change anything about a house, but you can’t change the location.

1:30- The home’s layout

While you can change the layout of a home, it can get costly. Knocking down or adding walls can quickly add up. When walking the property, focus on the structure so you can save yourself in the long run.

Age & Condition of

2:05- The Roof

The Seller’s Disclosure should have the age of the roof listed; if not, have your realtor check on the age. You can also look at the ceiling for any discoloration. This can be a sign of a leak in the roof. Replacing a roof is an expensive replacement after closing. 

2:40-  The A/C Unit

Similar to the roof, you will need to look at the age of the A/C unit. The date should be on the unit. If it’s not, ask your realtor, and they should be able to tell you the age. Also, be aware of how the home feels. If the thermostat reads 72º when it feels like 90º inside, there is concern about the shape of the unit.

3:15- The Water Heater

The water heater will be near the A/C unit. Again check for the sticker with the date to see how old the unit is. This can be pricy to replace, so knowing that before buying can be beneficial. 

The Type of

3:30- Electricity

Certain brands are tough or more expensive to get insurance with. If you’re tight on your budget, this can make a huge difference. Check the panel brand; one of the most infamous brands is Federal Pacific. It’s not a big deal to change out a panel. But it’s important to know about it before buying so you can be prepared.

4:07- Plumbing/ Septic

Septic is not bad, but you will need to do a special inspection for septic. If something were to happen to the septic system, that could be an expensive fix. 

4:50- The condition of the pool (if applicable)

If the property has a pool, take a look at the condition. If the pool looks like it has rust at the bottom, that may tell you the pool needs to be resurfaced.

Additional Details

5:20- How much do some of these systems cost to replace?

6:15- Why none of these items are deal-killers

6:55- How paying attention to these items can help your inspection

7:30- Wrapping things up

How we can help you

The Nickley Group is here to help you through this process; you don’t have to do this alone. Having an experienced Realtor will help guide you through the home tours and point out things you may not have noticed. We see a lot of homes, have good contacts for trusted vendors, and want the best for our clients. 


Give our team a call today to get connected with one of our trusted agents. You can reach us at  407-906-2456 or email us at