Renting or buying a new house is not easy. You have to check the plausible considerations first before you get to purchase your new ‘home-sweet-home. From the materials used, the structural design to what the house is built of, making sure they are made from quality materials is a no-brainer to get the most out of your purchase.
If you are not sure how and what the house you’re eyeing off is built, one thing that you need to look for is the contractor that built the house. In order to have peace of mind knowing its upsides and downsides, finding its makers should be a top priority to make a thorough investigation of the house’s history. From structural issues to resale value, you can answer all of your questions about a house by asking its builders.
There are a few steps to look for the builders of a certain house. Follow these strategies and make yourself familiar with your possible soon-to-be home.
Find your way to the county recorder’s office
The county recorder’s office is the first step to find the original builders of your home. They record and file documents on real estate ownership for you to know the underlying constructions, restorations, and all other renovations on the building. Moreover, they are also very detailed when it comes to contractors, subcontractors, architects, and other essential information on all public records of individual homes. The county recorder’s office is a beneficial stop so you can have a list of who to contact regarding the queries you have for a house (given the fact that realtors can lie often just to sell a house). Indexes are also available for this, or if you don’t have time, you may search for digital platforms where your queries can be answered even in the convenience of your home.
It’s always possible that your appliances and your furniture have stickers on them. With this, you need to look at stickers around your home, for you to be able to know which contractors built or assembled any kind of additional fixtures around.. If you have already made a list of contractors, try to find their contact numbers and give them a call. Ask for information like when the fixtures or renovations were made or installed, or any important information related to them. You just might know who were the previous owners of the home you’re about to buy.
Visit the Local Library
Apart from the county recorder’s office, one place that you should not miss when looking for the original builders of your home is the library. This is important for houses that seem a bit old already, so you need to find time to scour resources associated with them. You may look for indexes, land surveys, or other info pertaining to a building, and even ask for newspapers for a deeper historical background of the house. You might just also find some local news on the oldest and recent developments of the house. However, it is also possible that the library you’re visiting doesn’t have any ample info, so better yet go to other nearby libraries to find additional resources.
If ever the information you’re looking for still does not connect all of the dots, the best that you can do is to ask your neighbours. They usually know about the previous owners of the house, and you can also ask them for any relevant information pertaining to a house you want to buy. Talk to friendly faces; sure they’ll give you answers to your questions.
Talk to Previous Owners
You may ask your real estate agent for the previous owners of the house and give them a call for any important information. Ask them when the house was built, refurbished, renovated, or any upscales done with the house. They might also give you related info as to the previous selling value of the house, and even discuss it with your real estate agent.
While contractors for new homes are just easy to find, old homes can be a headache for us. There might be a great chance that the original builders are not around anymore, but fret not, your real estate agent, neighbours, and your local library can help you out!