If you're on the market for a new home, you're probably aware that everything you hear about a home during the tour isn't necessarily going to be true. However, if you keep your eyes open, you should be able to spot most problems coming from relatively far away. Here are a few of the more common red flags to look out for:
- Foundation problems. If the ground around the house slopes toward the foundation rather than away, you will be in for some flooding in the basement whenever it rains. Also, be sure to check the foundation for cracks and bulges, which can indicate structural issues.
- Poor maintenance. Look at the surface features of the home, such as gutters, roofing and flooring. If any of them appear neglected, this could indicate deeper neglect.
- Smells. If any part of the house has a musty or otherwise poor odor, it could be a sign of mold or mildew in the walls. Beware of homes that have a lot of air fresheners deployed throughout the house during the viewing process. This is a sign that odors are being hidden.
- Too many For Sale signs. If all the houses on the block are for sale, or if any of them look abandoned, it may be indicative of problems in the neighborhood that you would rather avoid. Talk to the neighbors in order to get the real deal on the conditions in the area before you make a judgment one way or the other.
In order to be sure that you're buying the home you think you are, a home inspection is critical before finalizing the sale. Contact the licensed inspectors at Alban Inspections today for more information about our services or to make an appointment.