When you have choosen a house design you like in a desirable location that may be a possibility for you to buy, look it over carefully for evidence of quality construction or the lack of quality.
Assess the house
Does the house have a general appearance in good condition? Is the home design robust? Do the doors swing freely, and do they fit the openings? A poor fit of the doors often indicates the foundation is settling.
Do the windows operate freely? If not, look out. Of course, sometimes paint may stick the windows and they can be pried loose and made to operate freely. You can get help from professional in house design companies such as Jones Metal Arts that will assist you in choosing a suitable design for your house.
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Is the floor in good condition? If the floor is high in the center of the room, it is not because the floor has risen, but because the walls are settling. Do not buy a house if the floors are not level. This situation is very difficult to correct and usually indicates a serious defect in the structure. It may be that the house design is not suited to the location on which it is built.
Look for evidence that water might be a problem. Are there spots on the ceiling or walls that show that water has leaked around the roof area? What about under and around the windows? Look around the bottoms of the walls near the baseboards for water marks. What about areas near the shower bath, or around the laundry trays?
The two most important parts of a house are the foundation and roof. If both are in good condition, it is a pretty good sign that the house is structurally sound, no matter what house design.