Red Flags When Buying a Home

Let’s be honest here, when selling a home the owner’s first concern is getting the most money with the least amount of work, even if that means overlooking or putting off certain issues without telling potential buyers. Unfortunately, sometimes deferring maintenance issues does happen and can be easy to get away with because buyers get wrapped up in the excitement of viewing homes.

Somethings to consider when looking at homes are foundation, plumbing, electrical, and roofing issues. By keeping your eyes peeled for problems, you can avoid the mistake of buying a home that could need quite a few repairs.

Ways to watch for problems:

Check interior and exterior walls: Cracks can indicate movement in the foundation. A shifting foundation can cause potential safety issues, interfere with gas, electric and water, raise your bills and reduce the value of the house.

Sniff the basement: Mustiness equals mold. Once mold is in a home, it is very hard to get rid of. Mold spreads as spores rise throughout the house and can cause all sorts of health problems.

Turn on the heater/ air conditioner: This is an easy way to check if both work. Heaters and A/C’s can be very costly to repair or replace.

Check the wood condition: Watch out! Termites can chew through walls, flooring and yes, even wallpaper! If the house does not have them yet, places where there is soft wood from previous leaks can attract those awful homewreckers. If this is a problem and you’re still looking to buy the house, make sure the seller offers proof that the bug problem has been treated.

Flush the toilets, turn on faucets: So this can help with multiple things; first you will be able to smell and see the water. Does it smell strange? Is it coming out orange? This could mean rusty pipes. Flushing the toilets can show leaks, problems and outdated systems. While this isn’t a deal breaker, it can mean there will be repairs in your future.

Check water drainage systems attached to the roof: This is very important! A lack of drainage means that water could be pooling up on the roof. If that sits for long enough, cracks, leaks, and water retention will start to happen. If it’s happening in one spot, chances are it is occurring all over the roof and you potentially would have to replace the entire thing. No thank you!

While these are just a few of the many things to look for when buying your new home, it’s a great place to start. By paying attention, chances are you’ll be able to spot the bad from the good and purchase that dream home you’ve been looking for!