Are there certain areas of concern that I should look out for?

Home Systems and age: 

Look closely at the age of the home and major home systems while shopping. Homes that have been built, or had their major systems replaced, in the past 15 years have a better chance of passing through the inspection process. The older the system, the more likely that it will require a costly repair or replacement in the near future.

 

Furnace/Heat Source - Target 1-14 years of age - Furnaces and other heat sources typically have an industry lifespan of 14-18 years. So the newer, the better!

 

Air conditioning - Target 1-14 years of age - AC units typically have an industry lifespan of 15-20 years

 

Water Heater - Target 1-8 years of age - Water Heaters typically have an industry lifespan of 8-12 years

 

Roof appearance -- Average-good condition, with no deformities or patches. Roofs are expensive to replace and active roof problems can trigger other repair needs.

 

Home age  - There are not exact restrictions but if the home was built before 1980 it may require additional repairs.  If it is older, pay attention to the age of the systems listed above. 

 

Home Condition Warning Flags:

When you are looking for your home there are often a few warning signs that a home may not be in the best condition and would not pass Divvy’s inspection.   Pay attention to the following: 

  • Listing contains the words “Sold as-is”
  • Listing contains the words “Fixer-upper” 
  • Listing says the home is “not habitable”
  • Home has less than 10 photos