When you’re looking to buy a home you need to expect to do a little work to make that home liveable. You’re purchasing a place someone else has lived, and not everyone takes good care of their belongings. Some places will need far more work than others.

Most people want a place that is move-in ready, while some people specifically look for homes they can improve. No matter which you are, all homes could use some sort of improvements unless the seller recently did all of them or it’s a newly built home. Here are some specific things to look at when you are home shopping.

Look At The Windows

One of the first things you should do when you’re touring a home you’re considering buying is to look at the windows. Windows are the soul of a house, and if they are old, leaky, broken windows, then you’re buying a broken house that definitely needs repair and updating. Old windows almost definitely mean drafts, and drafts mean higher electric bills (air conditioning) and higher heating bills.

If the home already has newer windows you’re good to go. If not, consider how much it’s going to cost for replacement (how many windows does the place have?). Then take some time figuring out what kind of windows you’d invest in for that home, and for your particular lifestyle.

Look At The Floors

Flooring is an important thing to look at when it comes to house hunting, and there are many things about the flooring you need to consider. First, make sure you walk through every area of the entire house, feeling for loose or mushy spots in the flooring. This could mean big issues that require more than new laminate or carpet.

Those are other things to look at as well, the shape of the flooring. Wood floors in disarray may easily be sanded and polished, and a dirty carpet that might not be cleanable could be easily replaced. However, if the carpet has mold under it, or bugs living in it, you may be biting off more than you can chew with that house.

Look At The Roof

A new roof isn’t a cheap investment, although there are plenty of options out there for roofing types. You need to look at the roof of a home before you consider buying it unless you’re prepared to spend a few thousand dollars right away to replace it.

A bad roof can lead to damage inside your home, from leaks to nasty black mold. Don’t put off new roofing, and if you don’t have the money on top of your purchase money, make sure you find a place with a roof that’s only a few years old.