When you’re looking at houses it’s easy to get caught up in the charm of a place or the location. Many buyers are so taken with the external appearances of a place that they turn a blind eye to the potential problems that could be lurking underneath.
When it comes to buying a house, you don’t want to skim past potential expensive problems. A big purchase like a home is something that is a major commitment. Ignoring or overlooking something that seems small could be a major problem in the not so distant future.
Always ensure that you have a thorough inspection of any property before you purchase it by a paid professional of your choosing.
If you’re looking at properties currently or thinking about doing so in the not so distant future, take note of these key problems to keep an eye out for.
Looking out for the signs of water damage due to leaks or flooding is essential when scoping out a home. One of the biggest indicators of leaking is the presence of mold or mildew. This is usually a clear sign that there has been water damage or poor ventilation.
If you notice mold or mildew, chances are that the smell is unpleasant, and if it isn’t yet, it will be soon. An excess of mold can create breathing problems for people living in a house with the presence of spores.
Sometimes the most obvious sign of structural damage is the foundation leaning or dipping. However, in many cases, damage incurred to the structure of a home may not be apparent to the eyes of a non-professional.
A professional has the ability to look for not only damage that has already occurred but has a keen eye for damage that is yet to come. Even if you are in love with your future house, don’t doubt the opinion of a professional when it comes to something so potentially damaging to your bank account.
The rule goes, if it looks like it might cause problems down the road, run!
Ceilings covered in asbestos are a huge red flag to home buyers that a home could be majorly problematic. Asbestos is linked to cancer and when inhaled does major damage to the respiratory system.
Removing asbestos is a costly and delicate process making it a huge turn-off for potential home buyers when they find a ceiling covered in the classified carcinogen.
Power lines running over the structure of your home is a major real estate horror story. High voltage running near property are linked to cancer, and it is very hard to re-sell a home under these conditions.
A general rule of thumb in the real estate world is, just don’t go there when it comes to power lines.