Home Inspection Red Flags – When you see a great home you want it so bad that it is easy to brush off problems that could potentially grow and become a big deal.
Home Inspection Red Flags
I purchased a home many years ago that turned out to have a huge defect. A beam under the floor board was nearing 150 years old and was rotted to pieces. It wasn’t spotted in the home inspection and ended up costing me thousands of dollars. I think they should have spotted it and maybe if I had done a more though inspection of my own before hand I could have directed them to take a look at certain areas and followed their job a little closer.
Doing your own inspection before the professionals turn up to inspect and then keeping an eye on the pro could save you from costly repairs at a later date.
Here are some red flags that you can look for in your own inspection of the house.
- The realer trying to keep you away from certain areas or not allowing you to turn things on and off.
- Any signs of water damage or staining on walls, around sinks, under pipes, in the basement.
- Cracking paint around windows or on walls.
- Damp feeling on walls.
- Mold spots on ceilings, walls, in closets.
- Any odd smells.
- Uneven floors or warped floor boards.
- Old looking fuse boxes or electrical related items (may indicate old electrics that need updating).
- Odd freshly painted areas, they could be hiding something.
- Grounds not running water away from the home correctly.
- Very uneven rooms.
- Cracks in brick work or spaces in wooden exteriors and interiors.
- Patchy roof tiling or lots of tile layers.
- Bodged DIY jobs.
When the inspector comes I would give them a list of all red flag concerns and kindly ask if you can go through the survey with them. It may annoy them but ask questions about things, make sure they test everything out that is agreed and of course offer them lots of cookies and coffee so you don’t get too annoying!
What other red flags should you be looking for? I would love to hear any experiences or comments you have.
Thanks for reading.