Home-Buying Red Flags And How To Avoid Them

Purchasing a home is a big investment and the process of shopping around for the right house can be exhausting. That’s why when you’ve found one that checks off many of your boxes it can be easy to overlook its flaws. There are flaws that are perfectly okay to overlook – like not liking the color of a room for example – but there are some that shouldn’t be ignored.
Here are some home-buying red flags and how you can avoid them:

1. Rotted Wood
So you notice a little bit of rotted wood in the bathroom or the kitchen. Is it really that big of a deal? Maybe not by itself, but it can point towards much larger problems. Wood rots due to a buildup of moisture and it’s important to know exactly where that moisture is coming from. Is it natural exposure over time from the sink or the shower? Is it a plumbing issue? A leaky roof? A bit of wood rot isn’t grounds to throw a house out, but it should make you take a closer look.

2. Roofing Issues
The roof is one of the most important elements of your home. It’s the first line of defense against the wind, rain, ice, and snow. It’s also easy to overlook problems with the roof given how difficult it is to access. If you see any signs of roof damage like missing or misaligned shingles don’t hesitate to get it checked out.

3. Poor Ventilation
A home with poor ventilation is not somewhere you want to live, especially in sunny Florida. A poorly ventilated home is uncomfortable and prone to many problems including mold and excessively high energy bills.

4. Improper Grading
Grade is another way of saying slope. Proper grading means that the foundation will gently slope down and away from the home. It has to be like this or else water will pool near the home and damage the foundation. A house with improper grading may have already suffered some permanent damage to its foundation, and that can be costly to fix.

5. Amateur Repairs
A lot of people will try to save a few bucks by fixing problems with their home themselves. That’s is fine when it’s a missing fence post or a leaky faucet. When it’s something a little more complicated like the electrical system, it’s usually a recipe for disaster. These amateur home repairs are rarely up to code and can lead to all sorts of issues. Ignore them and you’ll pay the price down the line.

The Solution
So now you know the red flags, but what can you do about them? As always it is recommended that you perform a full home inspection before making a decision on any home purchase. Home inspections will catch all of these issues – and more – before it’s too late. Armed with a comprehensive home inspection report you’ll be more capable of making a sound decision about where you’ll spend many years, if not decades, of your life.

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