Edith  Da Costa

Edith Da Costa

Broker

Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage

Mobile:
647-403-1513
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Edith  Da Costa

Edith Da Costa

Broker

Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage

Mobile:
647-403-1513
Email Me

What does "Good Bones" mean?

What does it mean for a house to have good bones? It’s a phrase tossed around quite a bit in real estate but what does it actually mean? In simplest terms it means that the integrity of the house is good for the next X amount of years, which is especially important if you intend to make renovations or additions to your home without running into costly repairs. 

So what exactly are you looking for in a home to find these “good bones”! 

Foundation - looking at the foundation of your home, is it sound? Are there any areas that are inaccessible that you’re not able to check? Ensure it is dry and enclosed underneath your home.

Floors - are there any areas of your floor that slope or seem soft? These can be fixed but you want to ensure it is not a sign of other structural damage. 

Walls & Ceilings - looking for cracks, peeling, bubbling, mold, discolourations or anything that may compromise the integrity of your walls or nod towards other issues. 

Roof - is there any sloping, missing shingles, or other areas that could be cause for concern? When were the shingles last replaced? Is there ventilation? If possible the best way to check, without climbing up there, would be to check in the attic as you should be able to visually see any leaks or areas that are concerning. 

Electrical - has the panel been inspected or updated within a reasonable time frame? If you have an inspector with you, ensure everything looks to be in tip top shape. 

HVAC Systems - take a peek at your hot water tank and any furnaces, etc to ensure they have been inspected within the last year. An inspector should also be able to tell you if the size of your systems are adequate for the home. 

Plumbing - looking under sinks, flushing toilets and checking septic tanks/sump pumps are all important to look at prior to purchasing as issues with water can become extremely costly

So even if a home you’re looking at may not be your personal style or aesthetic, if all of these have been checked and you are feeling good about the state of your home, I would say it has some “good bones” and you are set for any renovations, additions or personal touches you’d like! 

Need someone to help find your next “Good Bones” home? Call me!

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