Five Home Inspection Problems Buyers Should Not Ignore
As the real estate market continues to heat up a lot of pent-up demand is being unleashed and buyers in many parts of the country are coming out of the wood work. Many of these buyers are first time home buyers for whatever reason was sidelined from buying during the recession.
Their excitement at finally being able to buy is understandable, but there are some things that they should not be overlooked as they go about buying a house – namely the home inspection.
Whether you are buying your first house or your tenth house or the house is 100 years old or new construction, I always, and I mean always, recommend that buyers have a qualified home inspection done on a property they are buying. It may cost some money up front but it can save you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars later on. Never forego a home inspection.
There are five things that home inspections should be especially alert for and home buyers should be very cautious about.
- Mold: Buyers should note any musty smells in the home and be on the lookout for any mold. Mold can be caused by improper air circulation as well as water leaks.
- Pests: Termite damage can be widespread and costly to repair.
- Outdated fixtures and wiring: Electrical problems in a home can cause fire hazards. Buyers should take note of any indication of faulty wiring, such as cable coming out of drywall.
- Poor DIY jobs: Buyers should make sure that the previous home owner’s do-it-yourself projects were done correctly and are up to code. For example, poorly done flooring and painted-over wallpaper can be time-consuming and costly to fix.
- Drainage problems: Sloping sod can cause flooding problems in a backyard, and a slow-draining sink could be an indication of a bigger problem. Buyers should test sinks and flush toilets to test for any potential problems.
If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a REALTOR who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.