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If You’re Looking at Homes for Sale, Be Wary of These 5 Red Flags

March 13, 2017

Buying a home is a sizable financial commitment, so it makes perfect sense that you’d want any home that you’re looking at to be the picture of good maintenance. But sometimes, faults in a home lie beneath the surface.

If you’re not careful about the features you’re looking for in a home for sale, you could be saddled with some pretty big issues. To help you avoid that, here are five red flags you need to be looking for when buying a new home.

Neighborhood Exodus
If you think the house is the only thing you need to research, you’d be wrong. A mass exodus from a neighborhood is never a good sign, and it should definitely be red flag number one when you’re looking at homes. An abundance of unoccupied single family homes in a certain area could be bad news for you and your home in the future.

Lax Maintenance
Approximately 83% of Americans believe that having a yard is important, and 90% of homeowners with a yard believe good lawn maintenance is important. Needless to say, if you’re looking at a home with a yard that’s filled with weeds, out of control shrubbery, and other signs of poor maintenance, it could be a sign that the rest of the house is in sore need of some serious fixing, too.

Foundation Issues
No matter what kind of houses you’re looking at, it’s important to check the foundation. Do a walk around the perimeter and inspect any cracks or bulges in the foundation and make sure there are no issues there. A crumbling foundation can spell out serious problems for the future of a home.

Pests
Walking through a home during an open house or a showing can be nice, but the sight of any bugs inside the house should set off the warning lights in your head. Termites, cockroaches, and other pests scurrying about the property can only be bad news.

Blocked Off Rooms
Even new homes for sale should allow you to tour the entirety of the house. A blocked-off room could mean it’s just not finished yet, or it could mean something else. Regardless, you should always have a full tour of the home and grounds before settling on any new homes for sale.

Looking for these red flags should not only ensure that you’re purchasing a quality home but also make you feel more confident in your house hunting abilities.

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