Searching for a new home can be an exciting, yet stressful experience, especially as you begin to inspect a potential buy. Even brand-new homes will have a kink or two that need working out. The main objective should be to weed out the major issues that could set you back financially more than expected. Home inspection specialists recommend new homeowners to detect the following three issues during their home search, as they could cause more problem than they’re worth.
What Should Deter You From Purchasing a House?
1. Extensive Termite Damage
One of the worst pests for homeowners are termites, as these insects can cause expensive damage. If you spot termites in a property you’re interested in, consider backing out of the purchase, unless the seller is willing to rectify the problem. However, if you do decide to stick with the property, be sure to schedule a pest control appointment and schedule a second home inspection to ensure the pest is eliminated.
2. Cracking Foundation
Deciding to proceed with a purchase after a home inspection professional finds foundation issues can cause you a lot of stress and money loss. Any cracks larger than a quarter-inch wide will need repairing. You’ll also have to determine the source of the cracking, which could be anything from broken gutters and downspouts to improper grading or shifting soil. Depending on how extensive the damage is, it could cost you anywhere from a few thousand to a hundred thousand dollars. Foundation issues can also cause other problems, such as drywall cracks, crooked doors and window, and uneven flooring.
3. Mold-Ridden Rooms
If your home inspection reveals widespread mold, it most likely means the fungus has had plenty of time to grow through the walls, floors, and ceiling. In these instances, you may have to tear down these features to remove the organisms and keep them from spreading further. This can be an expensive project, which is why it best to walk away from the property. Additionally, mold can lead to respiratory problems for your family.
Don’t get stuck with an unexpected fixer-upper. Contact the home inspection professionals at Prior to Purchase Inspection Service. They provide full-visual examinations of homes throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. They provide clients with a comprehensive report complete with photos, illustrations, and an objective opinion of the property. Call them today at (859) 802-8561 to schedule a new home inspection. You can also learn more about their other services, including radon and mold testing, by visiting their website.