If you don’t want to have to do too many repairs or deal with new or lingering issues from a variety of sources, then follow along for a breakdown of everything you need to look for when trying to see if a house has good bones or not.
- A Strong Foundation
This would probably be your first guess as to what constitutes good bones within a home, and you’d be right. The foundation is what everything else is built on and if there are problems here, there will be problems in your home from top to bottom.
If the proper concrete sealing isn’t in place, or if the foundation was poured unevenly or has settled and cracked, this can lead to an unbalanced home with tight-fitting doors and windows as well as basement flooding, mold growth, and more. Look for a foundation that is even, properly sealed, and free of cracks.
- Roof Health
- HVAC Health
A leaky or damaged HVAC system will lead to poor indoor air quality as well as low energy efficiency, so check the tubing, ductwork, vents, and A/C units for any damage or leaks. The HVAC system is like the respiratory system of your home, so you want one that’s in good shape already.
- Home Layout
A home with good bones will have a layout that makes for easy maneuvering and shifting of furniture. You don’t want doors opening into each other or steep, narrow staircases that are hard to navigate.
- Positioning of Structural Supports
Good Bones Lead to Less Problems
Good bones are everything you want in a home if you’re looking for ease of living, low-maintenance requirements, and longevity. Factors like the health of your foundation and roofing as well as the framing system, layout of the home, location, view, and surrounding environment all contribute to the overall ‘bones’ of a home. If you’re solid in each of these areas, your home will treat you well for quite a while.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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