It’s easy to get carried away with excitement when you step inside a home that inspires you, but an Open House is also an opportunity to scope out a home while gaining critical information. By looking past the surface and asking the tough questions, you may be able to avoid issues that could cost you time and resources down the road. Here are some red flags you shouldn’t overlook:
Examine the ceilings, walls, floors, and basement during an Open House. If you see any discoloration on the walls or a lift in the flooring, this could be a sign of water damage.
Cracks In The Foundation
Look out for any cracks in the home’s foundation that could cost you hundreds of dollars. Big horizontal cracks could compromise the stability of the walls.
It’s no secret that a roof can last many years, but one sign of an outdated roof is noticeable exterior damage, such as loose granules or slopes on the roof.
Quick Cosmetic Fixes
Don’t let a new coat of paint fool you! Test out fixtures and make sure handles, doors, cabinets, and closets open and close properly.
Is the home near a freeway? Some homes close to highways have a lot of traffic noise and pollution. Research shows that it is best to avoid living within 500 feet of freeways due to the poor air quality.
Limited Parking Space
Check the garage to see how many cars it holds. If you plan to have guests over, it may be nice to have a home with plenty of street parking.
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