What To Check For When Buying a Home

What To Check For When Buying a Home

Buying a home is the biggest purchasing decision a person can make. It can be a very daunting task and you can easily get overwhelmed with the number of items on your new home to-do list.


There are a million little decisions to be made such as if you need that many bedrooms, the flow of the house, if the backyard is big enough, etc. However, there are a few very important things to check for to make sure you don’t have unexpected maintenance bills down the road.

Here are some simple things to look for when you are considering a potential home:

  • Roof – The roof is one of the most important items to check. If the roof is leaking, it can affect many other aspects of the home.
    • Check to make sure the external roof lines are straight and free from deflections.
    • Check the inside of the roof gutters to make sure they are rust free.
  • Water Damage – If the house has issues with internal pipe leaks, they could turn into a costly repair bill.
    • Check the inside of the cupboards for mildew, dampness, and mold.
    • Check for water stains and corrosion on the walls that back onto showers and baths.
    • Check for mold on the ceilings and walls. If it has been cleaned recently, the walls will look like they have grey clouds on them.
  • Drainage – This is an important item to check as it will save you costly water damage bills to your basement.
    • Check the drainpipes that come down from the roof and make sure they drain to the sewer and not straight onto the ground.
    • Check for drain holes on the exterior door and window frames. These allow water to escape the cavity walls so water won’t penetrate the interior walls.

While these are the most important things to check your new home for structurally, there are more items that most people look for in a home:

  • Steepness of the lot
  • Window size for natural light
  • Driveway length and street parking
  • Heating and cooling devices
  • Kitchen features
  • The neighborhood

There are many features to check when buying a home. Buying a home is a big decision and you should make sure you absolutely know what you are buying. Looking at all these areas yourself is fine but make sure you also have the house checked out by a qualified home inspector. A good home inspector knows where to look and what to look for, and will lend their expert opinion on things such as the quality of the foundation, electrical wiring and general durability – among others.

If your home does need some repairs you can count on Grennan Construction to give you the best service and advice there is. Grennan Construction specializes in siding, gutters, windows, roofing, insulation, painting and drywall, masonry, weather damage, and general repairs.

Grennan Construction can help you turn the home you buy into the home you want!

Benefits of The Leaf Relief® Gutter System

benefits-of-leaf-relief-by-plygem-grennan-constructionIf you’ve ever owned your home, you know that maintaining gutters can become a hassle.  However, it doesn’t have to be.  With today’s technology, there are several products available to eliminate the trouble of clogging of gutters with leaves and debris.

The folks at Grennan Construction use and recommend Leaf Relief® by Ply Gem. Certified contractors of Leaf Relief®, here are just a few of the benefits of installing Leaf Relief®.

  • Leaf Relief® is backed by a ten-year “No-Clog, No Overflow” Warranty, which means that your gutters are guaranteed to be free of any leaves or debris and will not overflow.
  • Leaf Relief® gutter systems will withstand the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, winds up to 110 mph, snow and ice.
  • Leaf Relief® is made with resilient aluminum, which maintains its shape, withstands damage from bugs, birds, squirrels and other pests, and also helps protect against mildew and mold.
  • Leaf Relief® prevents the need for routine gutter cleaning, which means a lower cost to maintain and no hassles.
  • Leaf Relief® installation does not require the need to lift or disturb existing roof shingles or driving nails into the roof to install it.
  • Leaf Relief® is virtually seamless and is barely visible, which maintains the house’s exterior appearance.


Whether you are building a new home or adding on or replacing your current gutter systems, you will want to make sure that you install Leaf Relief® gutter system to ensure that you have the best gutters available!

Grennan Construction has been assisting the gutter needs of homeowners throughout Michigan since 1998 and are Certified Contractors for the Leaf Relief® by PlyGem system.  For those in Oakland County, Michigan, if you would like to receive a free gutter analysis, contact Grennan Construction today.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Grennan Construction, a family owned and operated company since 1998.  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, insulation, gutters and chimney repairs. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

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