Red Flags When House Hunting

Posted by Tom Crimmins Realty, Ltd. on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 1:15pm.

From the sales price to the general layout of the home, there are numerous factors that home buyers will consider when touring homes. However, with good comes some bad. These are top warning signs for home buyers.

Signs Of Poor Home Maintenance

Most homes are going to have some signs of wear and tear, unless they are new construction. However, it is also reasonable to expect that sellers have taken the time to improve the property before listing. When a home appears to be in poor condition on a superficial level, buyers should consider what non visible parts of the home have also been poorly maintained too.

A Foul Odor

It is common for sellers to try to make their home smell appealing, and go crazy on the Febreze. But buyers should question why sellers are trying to mask smells. It is important to pay attention to the underlying smells in a home - everything from a musky or mildew-y smell to sewage smells and gas odors should be warning signs.

Repairs To One Wall

Homeowners may repaint walls to make the space look cleaner, brighter and more appealing, so a fresh coat of paint in itself is not a warning sign. However, if the paint is on just one wall or if the area under the fresh coat of paint appears to have been recently textured or repaired, these are signs that water damage or other damage may have been addressed.

Signs Of Pests And Rodents

Another warning sign - pests and rodents. Even if bugs and rodents are not visible during the initial tour, things like a can of bug spray, mouse traps and other related items may indicate that the seller has had an issue with bugs and rodents. You want to make sure there are no unwanted tenants.

Some warning signs will be obvious during an initial home tour, but others may require more skill and experience to see. Because of this, it is best for all home buyers to consider ordering a property inspection to learn more about the condition of the home before finalizing their buying plans.  Call us and we can recommend you to a top home inspector!

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