If you’re shopping for a home right now, you’re likely seeing dozens of properties. While this is great news for prospective buyers, there are a handful of essential things you should be looking for when doing a walk-through.
Roof. When entering or exiting the property, take a moment to look up. While you can’t always tell if the roof is well-maintained by looks alone, missing or warped shingles are a sign that the roof has been neglected.
Rust. Check any major appliances that will be coming with the house for signs of rust or neglect. Think the HVAC system and water heater.
Warping. Examine the corners of rooms and the angles of doors. Are things tilted or warped? This could point to issues with the foundation.
Moisture. If the home smells musty, or the wood around the windows is soft or rotted, it’s likely that there’s some sort of moisture leak, be it from a pipe, an improperly fitted or warped window, or a funky foundation.
Lots of listings. If there are numerous listings on any given street, there might be a reason why. Do your research before purchasing a property in an area that others are running from.