Spring season is house-hunting season. It is time we leave our wintery slumber and decide to get going. The sun is shining, the ice is melting, and everything appears shiny. If you are considering buying a home during the spring season, know very well what problems tend to show up after a long winter before making that offer. It is crucial that buyers looking for a new home seek out the assistance of a real estate agent. A professional realtor assists throughout the buying process in a number of ways including a pre-check for damage prior to the offer and inspection process. Real estate agents are helpful in spotting common issues that can appear in homes after the spring thaw including:
When snow melts the running water often can enter into basements, crawlspaces, or cement foundations. If this occurs, it usually shows up in the form of yellow patches on inside walls or bulging paint patches. These are not often spotted by excited homebuyers however real estate agents are well trained in finding these smaller issues that can easily be covered during the viewing process.
It is crucial to thoroughly examine the exterior of the home when viewing homes. Peeling paint, cracks in the siding, and an abundance of mold can be indicators of structural issues throughout the home.
Out of Sight:
Real estate agents will always have homeowners check out the crawlspace, attic, basement, and utility rooms. These are the areas within a home that often conceal water and mold issues because these areas are often given less care when sellers are getting a home ready to sell. However, the bones of the home need to be examined. It is important to take a deep breathe in each of these areas to make sure that you are not catching notes of musty smells that can indicate moisture is getting into the foundation framing and insulation.
Snow, sleet, and rainwater can cause havoc on roofs, especially when shingled with asphalt shingling. Although it may seem just a little silly, a set of binoculars should be used by a real estate agent or home buyer when going for a home viewing. These can help you get an obvious look at the situation above the gutters. Cracks and curling could indicate the shingles need to be replaced.
Knowing potential trouble spots when buying a home before making an offer, paying for an inspection or worse yet moving in will help to make sure that home buyers make the best buying decision possible. This is one of the reasons it is so important to use a real estate agent when buying or selling a home.
Learn more about C21 Lady of the Lakes Realtors and the numerous services they offer including: buying a new home, selling a home, or renting a home at www.ladyofthelakes.com. To contact one of our real estate agents, call 734-426-6060 today.