With how hot the housing market is these days, many home buyers are choosing to forgo things like home inspections in order to save some time and hopefully be able to close on a house. This can be a huge mistake though. One of the reasons why it’s such a good idea to have an inspection done is to identify problems and red flags that you should be aware of before you buy the property.

Structural Problems

The structural stability and integrity of home are paramount to the safety and wellbeing of anyone who ventures within. If a home inspection identifies structural problems, that’s a huge red flag. That means that something is likely wrong with the foundation, load-bearing walls, framing, subflooring, or another important structural element of the house. Things like bumps in the basement floor or cracks that are larger than ⅓ inch removed walls, and porches, front steps, door frames, and windows that are misaligned are just some indicators of structural problems.

Poor Grading

How much attention do you pay to the slope of the yard on any given property? Odds are that it’s less than what it should be. The grading, or slope, of the yard, is what determines how water will be directed. If the grading is done poorly such that it directs water to your home, that’s a huge problem. This inevitably leads to foundation damage and could result in flooding too. Instead, the yard should be graded so that it directs water away from the property as a whole.

Roofing Issues

A house’s roof is what keeps everything underneath it safe and dry. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to do. Roofing issues can be tricky to identify since not all problems are visible just by looking at it from the ground. That’s why you need an inspector. They can get an idea of how old the roof is and what condition it’s in. Things like cracked, curled, or missing shingles are pretty big red flags. So are moss or plant growth, darker streaks on the roof, and indoor ceiling discoloration.

It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you buy a home, or at least as much as you can. No home is going to be perfect. A home with severe or serious problems, however, probably isn’t worth buying though. No one wants to be saddled with a home that is riddled with red flags unnecessarily.

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