Knowledge Base » Hidden Home Defects to Watch For When Viewing Homes to Purchase
October 26, 2016
No home is flawless, but certain physical problems can be expensive. Below is a list of 7 red flags to look at when viewing a home. These 7 red flags could save you hundreds of dollars in inspection reports if you catch the problem before you place an offer on a home.
Water leaks. Look for stains on ceilings and near the baseboards, especially in basements or attics.
Shifting foundations. Look for large cracks along the home's foundation.
Drainage. Look for standing water, either around the foundation of the home of in the yard.
Termites. Look for weakened or grooved wood, especially near ground level.
Worn roofs. Look for broken or missing copings and buckled shingles as well as water spots on ceilings. The age of the roof will also affect your insurance premium, which increases your monthly payment.
Inadequate wiring. Look for antiquated fuse boxes, extension cords (indicating insufficient outlets), and outlets without a place to plug in the grounding prong.
Plumbing problems. Very low water pressure, banging in pipes.