There are some unexpected problems when buying real estate. Generally, these issues revolve around plumbing, wiring or sticking doors and windows. Although they aren’t as expensive to fix, there’s always a possibility that they lead to bigger problems.
Check the hinges and locks. Spotting wear and tear on doors and windows is fairly easy. Squeaking hinges or locks that stick indicates wear on seals and metal.
Although sticking doors and windows aren’t a big deal in and of themselves, these issues can be indications of moderate to severe foundation problems. If you find these issues in real estate, make your way to the basement and look for cracks or dips in the floors and walls. If you’re at all uneasy, have an inspector look at the house before you buy.
Sometimes, plumbing problems aren’t so easy to find.
- Look up in the corners where the walls connect to the ceiling. Spackled ceilings are easy to spot because they pick up water stains or crack and flake.
- Another place to check is the bathroom, along the bottom of the wall.
- Tile grout has a tendency to crack or flake, become discolored or loosen with continuous proximity to water.
- Finally, check the closets.
Spotting, faulty or old wiring depends on the size of the issue and where it’s located. For instance, a bad socket can be found by looking for darkened spots around the holes. However, it’s impossible to look through the walls to find faulty or old wiring behind them. An electrician will be able to give you a better idea of the wiring of the property.
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