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Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make in your lifetime, and it’s important to make sure you’re making the right decision! In today’s blog post from A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we’re sharing the top 7 things to look for when buying a house. Continue reading to learn more!

Healthy Foundation

A solid foundation is essential to a safe home! When buying a home, be sure that the foundation is secure, and if it’s not, that you factor the cost of foundation repair into your budget. Foundation repair depends on the size and scope of the job and will cost tens of thousands of dollars. While the foundation isn’t the most glamorous part of house hunting, be sure that it’s in good shape before you decide to buy!


A relatively new, sturdy roof is an important part of buying a house. A new roof should last about 20-30 years, but if you’re going to need to replace the roof on the home you’re buying, it can cost upwards of $10,000 (or more). It’s vital that you don’t ignore roof issues either, since that can mean future foundation issues.

Water Damage

Water damage destroys walls, floors, foundations, and just about anything else it gets in contact with. Worse, you won’t be able to know the full extent of water damage (and the cost of repairs) by just looking at walls and ceilings. However, if you do see discolored rings on ceilings, walls, and other surfaces, the house most likely has water damage. Look out for other water damage clues like a musty basement.

Easy-To-Open Windows

Original windows can be beautiful, but it’s important that they’re also functional! Sometimes older windows can be painted shut or aren’t airtight. If a window can’t be shut completely or is poorly insulated, you’ll have large utility costs. More so, windows that don’t open easily are a sign of foundation problems. 

Renovation Needs

As you go through a house tour, you’ll probably notice several things you want to change if you decide to buy the home. While some of those things will be aesthetic, like painting walls, you’ll also need to consider what larger renovation needs the house has. Is the house move-in ready? Does it need relatively minor updates? Or will you need major repairs to improve the home to fit your needs? All of these will need to be taken into account as you create your budget and negotiate the sale. 

Insurance History

A real estate agent can help you find the insurance claims that have been made on the house or you could also ask the seller to provide a Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange. You may look at the house differently if, for example, you see that repeated water damage insurance claims have been made in the past five years. Insurance claims can also affect your homeowner’s insurance rate, so checking the history is an important part of budgeting for future housing costs.


You might find the ideal home, but if it’s not in the right neighborhood, you may end up unhappy. For example, if your dream is to walk to restaurants or breweries, you’ll probably be unhappy in the suburbs. If you have kids, you’ll need to make sure that the house is in the right school district. Make a list of the things you need from a neighborhood and narrow your search based on that first, not on the type, size, or style of the home. 

Foundation Repair Experts – Nashville

We hope you found this blog post useful! If the home you’ve bought or are looking to sell is in need of foundation repair, our team can help! When you hire A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, you can trust that we’ll get the job done right, and within budget. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in drainage solutions, new concrete, and concrete leveling. 

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