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What problems should I look for during an open house?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2021 | Residential Real Estate

An open house is the perfect time to get to a know a property to determine whether it is right for you. It also provides an opportunity to look for any potential defects or issues.

According to, home buyers attending an open house should look out for the following red flags. That way, you can make a sound investment when buying property.

Foundation problems

Uneven flooring, cracks in the walls, and doors and windows that are hard to open or close all signal potential foundation problems. Foundation repair is very expensive and the entire structural stability of the home is in jeopardy if repair does not occur in a timely manner.

Water damage

Leaks are the leading cause of water damage in the home. A leaking roof causes stains on walls and ceilings, while plumbing leaks often contribute to mold growth (see below). Rust on appliances, such as the water heater, also indicates a damaging leak.

Mold growth

A dank, musty smell inside a home signals the growth of mold and mildew. Along with damaging fixtures, mold is a major air quality issue. It worsens allergy symptoms like sneezing and congestion, and can also make asthma worse. Be sure to check for mold in areas where moisture exposure is most likely, such as under bathroom and kitchen sinks.

Lack of maintenance

Maintenance of HVAC and plumbing systems is a must to keep a property in good shape. This entails changing air filters, flushing hot water heaters, and scheduling inspections at least once per year. If the seller cannot provide maintenance records or is unsure about what occurred, the home could have lots of lingering issues.

You do not have to walk away from a home when it has issues, but you must address them with the seller. They might cover costs for repairs or renegotiate the asking price, so you can make the necessary updates. If they are not willing to budge, keep looking for your dream home.