Inspect Homes as You Search for Bloomfield Hills Real Estate

Posted in Bloomfield Hills Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on June 27th, 2011

You know my recommendation is that everyone should have a professional property inspection before they close on a house. Wouldn’t it also be a good idea to discover problems with a piece of Bloomfield Hills real estate before you ever make an offer? With some attention to detail, you can find out a lot about the condition of Bloomfield Hills homes.

Here’s a pre-offer, do-it-yourself Bloomfield Hills real estate property inspection checklist to get you started:

  • Basement – A basement can give you information about the structure of a house, especially if the basement is unfinished. You’ll want to make sure there are no cracks, the electrical wiring is organized, and there is no evidence of water damage. If there isn’t a basement, examine the exposed foundation on the exterior of the house.
  • Electrical panel – Upon examination, it should look orderly and neat. If it is, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, but a disorganized panel can often be a sign of shoddy electrical work throughout the house.
  • Faucets and fixtures – Is there hot water? Does the shower drip? Does the oven work? Does the toilet run? Not every problem is a major issue, but it’ll give you a good idea of how much care went into the property’s construction and maintenance.
  • Attic – Not only should you be looking at available storage space, you’ll want to see how well the insulation was fitted. That can make a huge difference in your monthly electric and gas bills.
  • Roof – Missing shingles or interior water damage in homes are bad signs.
  • Windows – Make sure they all open and close properly and that you can’t find any drafts, gaps or condensation.
  • Interior and exterior finishings – Check out the baseboards and siding to see what kind of shape they’re in. If the builders didn’t pay much attention to what you CAN see, imagine what the internal structure might look like.

Want to work with a professional Bloomfield Hills real estate agent who can help you weed out badly-built or poorly-maintained Bloomfield Hills homes before you make an offer?  Give me a call today at 248-514-2640 or email me at for more information.

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Certified Distressed Property Expert/Attorney
RE/MAX Showcase Homes, Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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