Buying a new home is an exciting venture, but it is also something you should carefully consider before signing the closing documents.
Not all that glitters is gold, so be on the lookout for these four things when shopping for a new home.
1. Strange or excessive smells
The smell can make a big impression when you first walk into a home. More than just being annoying, the house may have a water or mold issue if it smells musty. On the other hand, if the home smells a little too good, the owners or their realtor may be covering up dubious aromas with fragrance.
2. Evidence of settling
When looking at a home, pay special attention to the walls, foundation and windows. Cracks in the walls or foundation may signal a costly structural issue with the house. Additionally, attempt to open and shut the windows. If they stick, this may also point to settling issues.
3. Water damage
Look for water lines on walls and cabinets, carpets and rugs. While not always the case, these are often evidence of a water or flooding issue. Also, watch for nearby water sources, such as creeks and ponds, that may rise and threaten the home.
4. Signs of DIYs or fresh repairs
Take note of the quality of the home’s finishings. Poor attention to detail might point to DIY projects, which raises concerns about the home’s integrity. Additionally, a fresh coat of paint or new drywall in only one area of the house could mean a recent issue with the home.
When you find a home you love, you want to stay in love with it. Watch for these four things to minimize unpleasant surprises down the road.