4 Things to Look Out for While Spring House Shopping
When you’re out house hunting this spring, you’ll probably be viewing a number of properties at a time so it can be easy to overlook many of the finer details of each property. Beyond the staged furniture and attractive décor, it’s important to pay attention to those finer details that can tell you much more about the condition of the structure of the home and any potential problems that may exist beneath the surface layer.
Here are some things to look out for when you’re house shopping this spring:
Check for Watermarks
Keep an eye out for any signs of water damage throughout the home. Water stains or rings that can be found along the ceiling and walls, specifically located in the basement or in the bathroom, could point to a big and costly problem. Also, take the time to open any cabinets located under the sinks to check for damp or rotted wood. When a house displays any signs of water damage, it’s usually best to walk away.
Check for Mould
As you keep your eyes primed for any signs of water damage, look for darkened markings as well. Mould can often be found along areas of the home that have been exposed to water damage over the years. Mold can also appear in random places that have poor ventilation. If there was mould present on a wall that was simply cleaned away, it will appear as a dirty cloud on the surface. Mould is toxic and can pose a danger to your health so it’s important to identify if it is present.
Check for Large Cracks Along the Walls
Check for any large cracks along the interior and exterior walls. If there are multiple cracks that are greater than 2mm wide, this should generally be a cause for concern with the structural integrity of the home and should be inspected.
Check for Rusted, Broken Downspouts
Do a quick walk around the exterior of each home that you view. Be sure to check that the downspouts are not rusted or damaged. They should be intact and pointing away from the home in order to direct excess water to storm drains. Downspouts that are not directed away from the home or are cracked and broken can also indicate past issues with flooding, and can even result in a weakened foundation – not a situation you want to discover after purchasing since repairs can be very costly.
Before you decide on a home to purchase, it’s important to be thorough with your viewings during each open house to ensure that you’re making the best decision for you and your family. By being diligent and taking that extra bit of time and effort to analyze the home, you can save yourself having to endure potential costly repairs in the future.
In addition to what you can see on a surface-level during your viewings, making an offer conditional on a home inspection will give you another layer of protection as a buyer. A professional home inspector can identify any structural or mechanical concerns, or give you the green light.