1. Moldy Smells
Mold is everywhere, but mold can become a serious problem when water leaks occur. Mold can be present in crawl spaces, cycle to dormant during dry periods, and come back during high humidity and warmer months. Sometimes sellers will surface clean an area thinking they have removed the mold, but often mold is hidden and will come back when moisture is re-introduced.
2. Burning Smells
Some burning smells are harmless, but others can be electrical problems.
3. Water Stains, Rust, And Damaged Finishes
Plumbing, roof, or basement issues must be addressed soon before more damage occurs.
4. Gutters Missing or Spilling
We live in a “temperate rainforest”. Needless to say, water control is vital to the longevity of any house in our area. Failure to keep a home high and dry can result in a host of water-related problems.
5. Strange Sewer Smells In The Yard
Septic failure can happen anytime. You should always ask the owner when the septic tank was last pumped. Pumping frequency varies based on system size and occupant load, but generally, no system should go more than eight years without being pumped.
6. Sloping Floors, Sticky Doors, And Loose Trim
Cracks aren’t the only sign of foundation problems cracks can also be signs of frame movement related to frame design.
7. Rodent Droppings And Insect Bodies
Some insects are nuisance types, and some are detrimental to the structure of the house. Rodent activity indicated by droppings can be challenging to eliminate.
8. Wobbly Or Loose Toilets
Wobbly or loose toilets start as loose connections. Loose connections lead to leaks. Leaks can cause damage to subfloor and finishes, and if left unattended, can lead to significant floor rot.
9. Cracks In The Foundation
This can indicate structural movement that has occurred in the past and can indicate continuing issues.
Schedule an inspection of your new home before you buy so we can help you “Avoid The Money Pit”.