5 Red Flags When Searching for a New Home

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when looking for a new home: price, location, size, and floorplan, among other things. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for these red flags as you tour properties with your Realtor:

Visible cracks in the foundation: Hairline cracks are not an indication of a problem, but if a crack is wider than 1/2 inch, it’s a good idea to have a license foundation specialist examine the area.

Doors that won’t close: Doors that won’t close are an indication that the framing has shifted and the door frame is now out of square. If you notice a door with a little trimmed off the top or bottom, beware. The door may shut properly, but the problem that led to the shifting still exists.

Damp or musty smells throughout the home: Inhaling any type of mold spores can contribute to respiratory issues, headaches, and other illnesses. If a leak has been going on for a long time, construction materials, including wood members, drywall, and carpets may need to be replaced.

Water stains on ceilings: The trickle of water from a leaky roof or window can over time rot away structural wood members. If water stains are yellowish or brownish, they may be evidence of a plumbing problem on an upper floor.

Standing water in the yard: If you find puddles of standing water, the yard may have a drainage problem. Puddles near the foundation are the most concerning, because water that drains along a foundation wall can leak into a home through the smallest crack.

Are all of these deal breakers?  No… Some of them (like water stains on the ceiling) might even be addressed by the seller in their property condition disclosure statement.

However, before you move forward with a purchase, you’ll want to make sure you have a thorough home inspection by a licensed professional. Feeling overwhelmed?  Don’t be!  An experienced real estate agent will guide you throughout the home buying process to make sure you are find the home you’re looking for, without any surprises.

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Lauren | Lauren Zurilla & Associates