Home buyers, do you ever feel overwhelmed when you view a house for the first time?
There is so much to consider.
Sure, it looks great—on the surface- but are there signs of trouble you may be missing?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know the warning signs now, on that first visit, not after you’ve fallen in love with the house and written a contract?
Well, you can spot trouble, and you don’t need to be a contractor. Just keep your eyes open during the house hunt and look for these seven red flags!
There are trashy homes close by
The neighboring home’s peeling paint and the toys strewn across the front yard diminish the curb appeal of your property and ultimately your resale.
The basement smells musty
In humid Nashville, every basement or crawl space has a slight musty smell in the summer. Nonetheless, always check with the owner about current or past moisture problems and ask what steps have been taken to fix it.
There is a school adjacent to the property
Ah, the joyful sounds of kids at play, plus the bells, the traffic, and the stadium lights on Friday night. Think about it.
The wood floors are buckling
Could be that an appliance or window leaked in the past, or the floors were installed directly on cement without the benefit of a protective layer. Ask.
There are cracks around a door’s edge
Old houses shift a bit over time, but confirm that this isn’t a sign of a deeper (and expensive) structural issue.
The yard is wet, and it hasn’t rained in a week
A drainage problem, which can turn into a foundation problem.
There are loads of scented candles
The sellers could be covering up the fresh paint smell (!) or attempting to camouflage the smell of pet urine or smoke, both of which are difficult to eliminate.
So go forth with confidence! The perfect house is waiting for you!