6 Serious Deal Breakers South Tampa Home Buyers Should Know

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6 Serious Deal Breakers South Tampa Home Buyers Should Know


Before purchasing any South Tampa homes in Maryland Manor, make sure that you are well informed and have a good understanding of a property’s value. Although there is no perfect home, there are certain types of problems that are serious enough to make you reconsider buying that home. Read on for some of the common home buying deal breakers that you need to know before making that important decision:

Here are tips that will help you avoid the most common blunders that buyers of homes in South Tampa should avoid.

1. A dangerous level of radon                                                                

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can seep into the house from the ground. When looking for South Tampa Maryland Manor real estate for sale, make sure to check if there is a high level of radon. Long term-exposure to this radioactive gas can lead to lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Although there are radon reduction or mitigation systems that can reduce radon levels, they can be quite expensive.


2. A sagging roof

Replacing shingles typically costs several thousand dollars. However, dealing with a sagging roof can be a lot more expensive. A roof line that isn’t straight may mean you have to replace or reinforce the rafters. Be wary of a property that has a sagging roof because this structural issue may suggest that the roof is unable to support its current load or future snow load.


3. Flood zone

Flood zones have now become important because of climate change and the increasing unpredictability of rain. Purchasing a home in a high-risk flood zone can mean an increase in insurance costs, as well as more difficulty selling the home in the future. Ask local authorities about the conditions in the area to know more about the house you are planning to buy.


4. Plumbing

Plumbing systems are important because they are considered the guts of the house. While viewing South Tampa homes for sale in Maryland Manor, run the water in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as flush the toilets, to see that they drain properly and have good water pressure. You may also check the age, location and condition of the water heater. You may also ask a plumber to conduct a sewer inspection to see if there are any cracks or breakage in the pipes. If a plumber identifies leaks or faulty toilets or sinks, it may be an opportunity for you to ask for a price reduction. However, if a major overhaul is required, you better think twice about making an offer.


5. A buried oil tank

Removing a buried oil tank can be costly. Aside from that, it can also create potential environmental issues. If the tank leaks oil into the ground, the cleanup and repairs could really be expensive and could cost you up to $40,000. Since you can’t see the oil tank, it is better to ask the listing agent, or check if it is noted in the fine print of the home’s listing information.


6. Termites or other pests

Present or past infestations of termites, carpenter ants, and other pests may weaken a home’s structural integrity. Home sellers are required by law to disclose known termite activity and damage to potential buyers. This information typically is noted on a disclosure form; each state has a standard seller’s disclosure form. The disclosure form should describe current or previous termite activity, termite treatment, and damage caused by termites, including any damage that has been repaired.


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If you are looking for dedicated and hardworking Tampa FL Realtors then call me, Mary G. Diaz, today at 813 245-9677. I can provide you with fast and reliable assistance in finding or selling homes in South Tampa. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling luxury properties in the area, I can assist you in making the best choice.

Comments (2)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Those are great tips! I hope your phone is ringing from the post!

Apr 12, 2016 12:04 AM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker

Thank you so much.

Apr 12, 2016 12:21 AM