If you're shopping for a new home, it can be a really exciting time. You're imagining your life in a new home and essentially beginning an entire new chapter of your life. If you aren't careful though, you could end up too excited about a new home and miss out on obvious red flags. These red flags could be big issues that may end up costing you a lot of money to repair later down the road. See below for red flags you should keep an eye out for when shopping for a new home.
Fresh Coat Of Paint
If you catch a whiff of fresh paint when you walk into a house, it could be a red flag. Sure a fresh coat of paint could be a sellers way of sprucing up a house, but it could also be an attempt to hide something such as mold or mildew on the walls. If that is the case, that fresh coat of paint will have mold/mildew seeping through it in no time at all. If it's black mold, it could be extremely hazardous to your health.
If you smell foul odors in the home, besides paint, it could be other potential issues. If the owners have pets, the carpeting in the home could have been soiled and may all need to be replaced. If you smell a lot of bleach, it could be an attempt to cover up all kinds of things, one of which could be a mold problem. Other odors such as cigarette/tobacco odors can be difficult to get out of the house as well.
Ant Or Rodent Baits
If you spots pest baits around the house, it could be a reoccurring pest problem, or it could be a sign of an infestation. Check in corners and areas around the house for dead bugs or other signs of an infestation such as droppings. You don't want to move into a home that already has tenants.
If the house has any signs of water damage either on the outside of the house, or in the basement or crawl space, it could be an issue that may happen again, or the house could have mold/mildew behind the walls or on the foundation walls. Houses that don't have proper grading may be more susceptible to water damage when there is a heavy rain or after a spring thaw. If there is a lake, river or other body of water nearby, it could be an issue that happens often when these bodies of water rise. Ask neighbors about possible water damage or other issues.
When shopping for a new home, be sure to keep your eyes open. Don't go into a new home with blinders on to issues that could potentially cost you quite a bit of money later on. Always have a new home inspected by a professional home inspection company and have your realtor help you look for these potential problems as well.Share
19 January 2018
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