Buyer Beware: 5 Common Home Inspection Red Flags

A very exciting time in a person’s life is when they decide to purchase a home. Not only is it a big financial investment but it’s also the place where they’ll be making some lifelong memories for years to come. That’s why, when looking at prospective houses, it’s important to be as thorough as possible while you’re inspecting them so that you won’t regret your purchase.

If this is your first time house shopping and you’d like information on some common house inspection red flags that you should look out for, we’ve provided you with five of them below:

An old roof. If you walk into a house and you notice some water rings on the ceiling, that’s a sign that there could be water leaks due to some missing shingles, faulty flashing or simply because the roof is old and needs to be replaced. That said, even if you don’t notice visual signs of the roof being old, it’s still a good idea to ask when the roof was put onto the house. Being that roofs are pretty expensive, that can let you know how much time you’ll have before you’ll need to get it replaced (and if the house is worth buying with an old roof).

A faulty HVAC unit. Although there are some older homes that don’t have an HVAC unit (which is OK if you happen to live in milder climates), most houses do have central air and heat. This is a great thing when it comes to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature in the peak of the winter and summer seasons. But if the HVAC unit has water or electrical issues or it’s close to 10-12 years old, this is another red flag. HVAC units can be quite costly to replace.

A set of single-pane windows. Something that you should look for in your future home is double-pane windows. It’s one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs down. So, if you happen to see a house that has single-pane ones or if you notice a lot of condensation on the double-pane ones that are already on the home, unless you can get the seller to offer to replace the windows, look for another house. Putting the double-pane windows in yourself is another pretty expensive investment.

Water damage. Another thing that you should look out for is water damage. This would include water marks on the ceiling and walls, evidence of rotting wood, signs of mold and mildew, damp flooring or even the smell of fresh paint. We say that because sometimes a new paint job means the owner is hiding water damage. If you see any of these things and you really like the home, have a plumber come and look it over to let you know how serious the issues are.

Structural damage. If you were to consult with a company likeĀ Buckeye Home Inspections about warning signs that you should look for in a house, we’re pretty confident that they will tell you to look out for signs of structural damage. A house that looks like it has cracks in its plaster, if the floors, windows or doors look like they have shifted or even if there is shifted brick on the outside of a house, these are all indications that it’s definitely a house that you don’t need to move into. It’s a huge red flag.

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