Buying a home can be a challenging endeavor. Beyond the financial investment, there is an overwhelming amount of information you must digest before you settle on a home. Most of the information is helpful. However, very little of the information pale in comparison when it comes to learning how to weed out bad houses.
At Inspection Plus, we’ve put together a guide to help you eliminate homes, based on the health threats and financial risks they present.
Avoid Homes with Cracked Foundations
Cracks in the foundation of a home are a telltale sign that there is a problem with the house’s foundation. Foundation problems are expensive. HomeAdvisor estimates the average foundation repair is almost $4,000. Even if you someone who is looking for a fixer upper, the amount of money you’ll invest in fixing your foundation will eat away your profits. Additionally, if you delay fixing the foundation, the problem can get worse and cost more to repair.
Bypass Homes with Roofing Problems
Roofing problems commonly threaten homes and the financial stability of new homeowners. There are a host of roofing problems that can easily become problematic. Missing shingles can lead to leaky roofs, mold, and excessive utility bills. Unfortunately, if you don’t get a home inspection, you may not find out about the extent of the damage until it’s too late. If you notice problems with a home’s roof, then you should consider your other options for houses.
Leaky Slab Floors Should Be Avoided
Leaks underneath slab flooring can be a source of headaches for new homeowners. Under slab leaks are notoriously hard to find. In many instances, you’ll have to deal with multiple leaks because the previous homeowner wouldn’t fix any of them. Of course, you have the option to negotiate a reduced sale price if you discover a slab leak in the home of interest, but without knowing the extent of the damage, you may be signing up for repairs that exceed your savings.
Mildew-Smelling Basements Are a Financial Risk
Finally, mildewed basements are a financial risk to homeowners. Basements don’t have to be dark and damp. In fact, a properly built basement doesn’t leak. If you smell a musty, foul odor, then it’s likely the basement has a leak or experienced a leak in the past. At any rate, the smell is a sign that mold may be present in the home, which may prevent you from moving into the home right away.
At Inspection Plus, we’ve learned that if a home has one problem that threatens your well-being, mentally and financially, then it’s likely it has two. The best way to learn for sure is to get a home inspection. Give us a call so that we can schedule a home inspection as soon as possible so that you can move into your dream home.