Before you start searching for a home for sale in Ottawa such as a house for sale in Barrhaven or Stittsville, we begin showing you the most common problems with new houses let’s mention the importance of a home inspection before you firm up on a Purchase Agreement. There are hundreds of homes for sale in Ottawa including the suburbs such houses for sale in Barrhaven, Stittsville, Kanata and other areas. Homebuyers have to decide whether they want to buy a new or resale property. Many decide to go with a brand new house as there is a government-backed warranty on them. It is still advised however to do a home inspection even for brand new homes. The inspection may uncover important defects and just as importantly a good home inspector will take the time to explain to you how to take care of your new house.
So what are the most common problems with new houses during the first year of ownership?
If you visited some houses for sale in Barrhaven or other areas you would have seen cracks in the drywall and basement concrete floor and sometimes even in the foundation walls. Some cracks could indicate serious issues. Foundation cracks on the floor that are wide enough and continue up the side of the foundation wall indicate a potential structural failure. Water damage may occur and sometimes the cracks widen. While cracks are very common most are thin and do not spread after the first few years. As the house settles it is normal for the lumber to dry out losing its moisture content. This lumber shrinkage can cause diagonal cracks in your new home in Ottawa. An inspector will be able to differentiate between a structural crack and one caused by simply shrinkage of lumber. Most homes for sale in Ottawa have cracks so do not panic until you find out the causes.
Most homes for sale in Ottawa also have some nail pops. They are generally easy to spot as the head of the nail pushes the primer on the drywall and pops out of the wall. Interestingly in nail pops the point of the nail actually may stay exactly where is was hammered into the wood. It is the lumber losing moisture and shrinks that leaves a tiny separation between the drywall and the wood frame section. The simple solution is to drive the nail a bit deeper into the wood frame section and refinish the area affected. Generally, you will see nail pops in most homes for sale Ottawa including new homes for sale in Barrhaven and other areas. They tend to appear in the corners and ceilings.
Window condensation is often seen in homes for sale in Ottawa even in new homes for sale in Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville and other modern neighborhoods. If the house has double-glazed windows with removable interior storm panels there may condensation between the prime window and the storm panel. This is simply caused the outside window panel being tighter than the one on the inside. A more serious cause for consistent window condensation is a wet basement. Make sure that the dirt around the foundation did not settle too deep and is not sloping toward the exterior foundation wall. Any leaking basement foundation should be remedied.
Water in the basement
Often the water in the basement comes from the roof. It may seem counter-intuitive but improper disposal of water running down a sloped roof right onto the dirt by the foundation is a major cause of wet basements. Make sure to install gutters and downspouts to drive runoff roof water away from your foundation. Some owner places large barrels to collect rainwater for gardening, another put extension of downspouts to drive the water away from the house. It is crucial that the ground around the foundation slopes away from the building. You will see many houses for sale in Barrhaven and homes for sale in Ottawa where the houses do not have properly installed gutters and downspouts and the grading slopes toward the foundation. You can easily have this fixed. You can protect the earth from erosion by putting landscaping rock on the top. The important factor is that the earth under the landscaping rick has to slope away from the house.
These are only a few of the most common issues you can find in most homes for sale in Ottawa. Others can be more serious in nature and may indicate a structural failure. It is a good advise to call an experienced inspector to help you maintain your home.