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Common issues to look for while shopping for a new home

While on the journey to buy a new house, it is important to be completely aware of a property’s current condition. As you tour various homes, you may come across problem areas that could cost you lots of money down the road.

There are four common issues you should look for as you shop around for a new home.

1. Structural integrity

Inspecting the structural integrity of a home is paramount. Look for signs of cracks in the foundation, walls or ceilings, as these could indicate underlying structural issues. Additionally, be wary of sloping floors or doors that do not close properly, as these may suggest foundational problems.

2. Water damage

Water damage can lead to costly repairs and health hazards. Check for signs of water stains on ceilings, walls or floors, as well as musty odors, which could indicate hidden mold or mildew. Pay close attention to areas prone to water exposure, such as basements, bathrooms and around windows and doors.

3. Pest infestation

Pests such as termites, rodents and insects can cause significant damage to a home. Look for evidence of pest infestation, such as droppings, gnaw marks or hollow-sounding wood. Inspect both the interior and exterior of the property, including attics, crawl spaces and around the foundation.

4. Faulty electrical wiring

Outdated or faulty electrical wiring can pose fire hazards and require expensive repairs. Look for signs of outdated electrical systems, such as flickering lights, frequent circuit breaker trips, or outlets that do not work. It is essential to have a qualified electrician inspect the home’s electrical system thoroughly.

By being vigilant and conducting careful inspections, you can identify and address potential problems before committing to a home purchase.

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