When spring weather arrives, more people will be out looking at homes to purchase for a big move. They will be checking out the interiors to make sure that there is enough space for the family while also seeing what types of views they have from their backyards. However, there are some major things to evaluate on their home that could signal that the home needs serious repairs. Also, there may be some situations that could cause future problems if they are not addressed early on. Here are 5 things to look out for when evaluating homes to purchase.
Trees offer a great shady place for the family to have some backyard fun on hot days. Yet they can also pose serious risks when they are close to the house. Look to see how close large trees are to the house. Even if the trees aren’t close enough to fall in the direction of the house during dangerous storms, the canopy can stretch out and over the roof. The branches can poke through the shingles and drop leaves to clog gutters.
Fresh Paint Jobs
Many homeowners will place a new coat of paint on the walls and exterior to freshen up and beautify the home. While there is nothing wrong with this work, you also want to be careful about recent paint jobs. Fresh paint in just one specific location could be an indicator that they recently performed work on something that hasn’t been mentioned during the showing. They could also be covering up a problem that hasn’t been fixed, such as a carpenter ant or termite infestation, depending on where the paint job is located.
Basement Water Damage
Basements that are below ground are prone to water damage if they haven’t been constructed and sealed properly. Look along the cement blocks for discoloration, especially when there have been recent storms. If you notice dampness in the basement after a storm, or there is dampness but the weather has been sunny and dry, then there may be other serious hidden issues that would need to be addressed.
Sagging or Dipping Floors
Sagging and dipping floors may be indicators of major home problems or fast repairs. If the entire floor seems to slope in one direction, there could be a problem with the foundation. However, if there is an area with sagging boards or floor dips, it could show that there was a leaking problem that a plumber had to fix. You’ll want to learn whether it is a plumbing fix or whether the structure needs immediate repair.
Roofs provide the main protection of the home. They need to be inspected to ensure that they are in good shape. You should take note of any damage caused by pests, weather, or overhanging tree branches. Also, look for missing shingles blown off by storms. Learn about whether the roof is still under warranty, and whether any roof repairs or new roofing installations just involved placing several layers of shingles on top of each other. If there are multiple layers of shingles on the roof, it adds unnecessary weight to the structure and will eventually need to be removed.
When you are in need of a roof inspection or roof repair, gutter, and siding repair, reach out to the experts at Brandstetter’s KangaRoof.