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Six Quirks to Avoid in a House

Six Quirks to Avoid in a House

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There are all sorts of oddball little things about your house that you may not even notice until after you’ve moved in and had time to really explore for a while. These quirks can range from interesting, to irksome and, in some cases, expensive to fix. It’s important to do a thorough inspection and walkthrough so you can figure out your home’s quirks before you go to closing. Here are some interesting quirks we’ve seen.

  • Sticky doors – When the humidity is higher, wooden doors can swell, causing them to stick. It might just take a little bit of elbow grease to get the door unstuck, or you could wind up trapped in the bathroom (with no cell phone) until your significant other returns from work. Know which doors stick and be sure not to get stuck in any one room.
  • Dumbwaiters – If you have a very old home, you may have one of these in your kitchen. These fun mechanisms were used to transport dishes to different levels of the house. If you don’t have small children, this quirk may still be useful for you. It seems like an awfully tempting place for a little one to hide, though, so if you do have young children, make sure your dumbwaiter is properly sealed up to avoid accidents.
  • Odd electrical configurations – Maybe you plug in the vacuum and everything in your living room powers down because you flipped the breaker. Or perhaps you flip a switch in your kitchen and the front porch light goes on and off. If you encounter a quirk like this, have an electrician come check it out to make sure that your electrical problems are benign annoyances and not any real safety issue.
  • Appliance animal noises – Does your fridge sound like a bear growling when the ice machine kicks on? Maybe your dishwasher sounds like a dying cat. While these noises can be amusing, make sure that your appliances aren’t about to give out on you.
  • Toilet troubles – If your toilet runs for hours or periodically won’t flush, you probably want to do everything in your power to fix and repair it. When you’ve got to go, you don’t want to worry about whether or not your commode is going to function properly. Get it checked out and see if there’s anything you can do to remedy the quirk.
  • Leaky doors and windows – If your windows and doors don’t close completely and you can feel air rushing in, it’s probably not a ghost. It means your hard earned dollars spent heating and cooling your home are also rushing out. Find out ways to winterize your older windows or consider replacing them and make sure your doors have a good quality seal to keep your utility bills low.

While home oddities can be interesting at times, they can also turn into more than just an inconvenience. For guidance in buying your older or new home, contact us. We’d be happy to help you avoid the quirks.

Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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