ATTENTION! Here are some RED FLAGS as your REALTOR® that I would point out to a prospective home buyer to be aware off when looking closely at a home that you may be considering. Sure, the great location and curb appeal look great but slow down and keep your eye out for these 12 Red Flags that may lead to future problems and expense. (Attention Image by Gerd Altmann of Pixabay).
Although these Red Flags may not mean that you should not buy the home, but you should estimate the future costs and address that in the price that you through me as your REALTOR® wish to offer the Seller. In some cases these repair costs may be factored into the Seller's list price, but we will review together to find out.
12 Red Flags For Home Buyers from www.homewarranty.com
"We like to think that home sellers are as forthcoming as we might be when disclosing the whole truth about a property’s shortfalls. Consider these red flags that may mean trouble down the road for new home buyers. They are easy to spot and may help you narrow down your choices.
1. The Neighbors Are Moving Out: Make
sure several nearby homes are not up for
sale. Neighbors leaving the same area in
large numbers may indicate a rising crime rate,
a proposed development nearby, or other
factors you are not aware of. Do your research.
Photo: Joe Gerlach from Pixabay
2. Foundation Problems: Cracks and bulges
in the foundation that are larger than 1/2
inch may indicate a structural problem, and
repairing the structure can be pricey. Also,
keep an eye out for recently patched large
cracks. Hairline cracks are normal and occur
naturally over time.
3. Locked Rooms: Nothing screams “Don’t
look!” like a locked door. Ask about any
rooms that are made “off limits” by the
homeowner, and make sure you arrange to
tour again later.
4. Old or Faulty Wiring: Check light switches
and circuits to know they work in the
house. Beware of flickering lights, warm
face plates, or outlets. Wiring problems
can be a complicated and costly repair to
make as you first move in, and electricity is
something you don’t want to wait on.
5. Windows or Doors That Won’t Close:
Windows and doors that won’t close may be
an indication of a shifting frame.
Photo: Demitris Vetsikas from Pixabay
6. Weird Odors or Strong Air Fresheners:
If the strong scent of air fresheners hits you
upon entering a home, consider what the
potential seller is trying to hide. Some odors
are caused by mold and mildew, pet urine, or
old carpeting. The same goes for unexplained
odors outside of the home.
7. Current Insect Infestation: Be on the lookout
for signs of pest infestation, especially termites.
According to BobVila.com, the telltale signs
include “small piles of tiny brown droppings
on a floor near a wall; a hollow sound when
you knock on a wood surface and the presence
of mud tubes on a foundation. Termites are
subterranean, so they construct tiny tunnels of
mud along the foundation and walls.”
8. Water Stains: Water can rot wood over time,
so water stains on the ceiling may indicate a
larger problem. They may be evidence of a roof
leak, or plumbing problem, which could mean
9. Saggy Ceilings: Even if the ceiling sag
is slight, this is a red flag. Sagging ceilings
indicate serious problems, such as structural
movement, roof leaks, or termites – all of which
can mean costly repairs.
10. Sloping Floors: Floors that noticeably
slope can be an indication of several expensive
issues. These include rotted support beams,
broken joists, or a foundation problem.
11. Curling or Missing Shingles: Replacing a
roof is another costly endeavor, so keep your
eyes out for curling or missing shingles and
exposed nail heads. These all indicate an aging
roof that can cost tens of thousands to replace.
12. Aging HVAC Unit: The average lifespan
of an AC is around 10-12 years. If the home
you’re touring has an old HVAC unit, you will
more than likely be running it longer due to its
inefficiency or soon be replacing it. Both are
When we find the home that you like, we will consider everything and review the seller's property disclosure statement and I highly recommend to my clients to obtain a professional home inspection
Give me a call, our Arizona Homes and Land Group would be pleased to help you find the best home at the best price.
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