Costa Mesa Real Estate Specialist – Why It’s Important
Believe it or not, once you get started looking for a home, it’s not that hard to buy one. I do firmly believe it is important to find a Costa Mesa real estate specialist as a good first step. He or she will connect you with a good lender, ask lots of questions about what kind of housing you are looking for, and find a great fit in just the right neighborhood you are looking for in Costa Mesa.
As a next step, a good Costa Mesa real estate specialist will recommend the right team to help you examine your purchase independently. It starts with the home inspection – it is easy to have rosy feelings after negotiating a purchase on your first place. Or a home you are head-over-heels in love with. It is important to make sure everything is sound, and that’s where the home inspector comes in. He or she will thoroughly look at all the components of the home and make sure everything is sound.
Sometimes you will be looking at purchasing an older home. And in Costa Mesa, there are lots that are now older than 60 years old. Things start to break down, especially if they have not been maintained.
It is important to find a Costa Mesa real estate specialist who knows about areas in neighborhoods that have expansive soil, a condition that is somewhat common in this area. It’s important because under maintained homes in expansive soil areas can have foundation issues, which may require a geotechnical engineer to inspect.
Most or our homes in Costa Mesa are connected to the public sewer, but a common happening now is that the main connection line to the public sewer was made of clay piping, and over time they have been failing due to time and or root intrusion. Camera inspections are important prior to closing to verify the main line’s condition.
Other common issues that pop up that a Costa Mesa real estate specialist would be aware of have to do with roofs, chimneys, and plumbing.
Roofs are roofs- concrete tile should last a long time, as well as light steel, and composition type roofs should be looked at closely for age. Tell tale signs of leaks are in the attic on the starter boards, or would show on the ceilings with brownish rings in the ceiling drywall. Chimneys are important to look at to be sure the mortar hasn’t eroded, and are still standing straight and true. They are very expensive to fix. Last but not least, be sure what type of plumbing the home has. Some areas of Costa Mesa were built with galvanized steel and in the older housing that type of piping is already past it’s suggested lifespan.
I hit on a few of the more important topics to watch for in Costa Mesa when buying a home or condo, but please connect with a Costa Mesa Real Estate Specialist– a good one will have your back and guide you to the right purchase.
Colin Delaney is a broker for GateHouse Properties in Costa Mesa, and has been a Costa Mesa Real Estate Specialist for more than 15 years with more than 300 homes sold. Call/text: 714-743-9882 or email him.