Buying a new home is a big deal. There are so many different issues you could face, most of which are unavoidable or completely out of your control. One of the biggest things out of your control is the weather, especially in Texas. So if you’re thinking about buying a home in a master-planned community this winter, then here are a few things you’ll want to take a close look at:
Examine the HVAC System
Test both its heating and cooling abilities and ask your realtor about the last time it was updated or serviced. You want to make sure there isn’t a foul smell when you have the heat turned on. If so, then that could mean that mold or other bacteria has gathered in the vents and will take some time to get rid of the bacteria.
Check for Temperature Consistency
One of the biggest problems for a home can be drafts and air leaks. Even what seems like the smallest leak can cost you greatly on your electric bill. Stand near windows and doors to detect drafts. If you walk into a room that is much colder than the rest of the house, there could be an air leak through a window.
Steepness of the Driveway
This may seem like a minor detail, and most of the year it is. However, when it starts to get to freezing temperatures, ice can easily develop on your driveway. Your car could be fine in the afternoon when you pull in, but if you have an icy driveway in the morning, your car will lose traction as soon as you take it out of park.