Looking for a new home is exciting, but it can also be a stressful and overwhelming process. When you’re exploring houses there are a lot of important things to be on the lookout for, and Precision Home Inspectors created this list to remind you of some key factors you may not have thought of yet to give you further clues about the true state of the homes you’re touring:
- Maintenance- If you notice one thing seems off about the house (evident mold, termite dust, etc.), there’s a chance other parts of the home have been neglected as well. This is a huge red flag to look out for and means you need to be extra attentive on the rest of the tour.
- Bad Smells- If you notice any bad smells inside or outside, you need to be cautious because smells can mean a variety of problems (and possibly unexpected expenses) for the new homeowner. The most common cause of mystery smells are gas leaks, which can be extremely dangerous. If you notice any strange smells, you need to ask the current homeowner right away.
- Old Wiring- Make sure all the switches and outlets in the house function properly. Flickering lights, circuits that don’t work and warm outlets are all signs of wiring problems that are usually very expensive repairs.
- Fresh Paint- This may sound like a great thing, but it’s often used as a cover up. New paint can hide bigger problems, like water damage, mildew or mold. If the room smells strange or if you see stains or saggy walls or ceilings, there might be a bigger problem underneath the clean and fresh façade.
- Check for Bugs
One of the biggest red flags to be on the lookout for is bugs, which can signal to bigger problems like rotten items or hidden holes – just what you need: an open door for other insects and small animals to get through. Usually when someone has a bug crisis, it can turn in a mice problem, and mice are infamous for destroying wall wiring by chewing on the cables. In general, bugs are attracted to dirty environments, so their presence likely indicates that the home isn’t clean.
Were you able to give your prospective home the thumbs up on these warning signs? If so, you might be ready to make an offer, but before you sign any papers, you must first schedule an inspection. As much information as you can gather from looking superficially, there are plenty of infrastructure components that only a professional can thoroughly check and green-light so you’re sure that your new home won’t come with any unpleasant surprises. Lucky for you, Precision Home Inspectors is here to help. Feel free to contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!