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Top red flags in home purchase

FALLBROOK – In this article, we’re sharing with you how to know if you’re looking at your new home sweet home or a nightmare waiting to happen. While many of these issues have quick and efficient solutions, they are important considerations when making a home purchase. Always check with your Realtor on how best to proceed if you encounter one of these red flags.

Physical structure issues

How to detect this red flag: Check for cracks in the foundation, sloping floors, or noticeable structural damage that can be costly to repair. Poor insulation due to physical structure issues may later lead to high utility bills, drafts, or temperature inconsistencies.

Electrical problems

How to detect this red flag: Unusual sounds, like sizzling or buzzing, coming from electrical outlets or switches may indicate loose wiring or potential arcing. If outlets or switches don’t work, it could be due to a wiring issue, a blown fuse, or a tripped circuit breaker so make sure they are all working properly.

Pest infestations

How to detect this red flag: Finding small, dark droppings in and around your home is a clear sign of a pest problem, Insects like cockroaches often leave behind egg casings. A persistent, unpleasant smell may indicate their presence too.

Unusual odors

How to detect this red flag: Strange or persistent odors, such as mold, pet smells, or mustiness, can be a sign of water leaks, roofing problems or pest infestation.

Title issues

How to detect this red flag: Don’t hesitate to ask the seller and the title company about any concerns you have regarding the title. If you’re not getting a clear and satisfactory answer to any questions you may have, that may be a red flag. For your protection, during the escrow process, the title company will work to resolve any title issues, if necessary, before the sale is finalized.

High HOA fees

How to detect this red flag: Okay, high HOA fees alone aren’t necessarily a red flag, but they should be evaluated in the broader context of your budget, the services provided, and the financial health of the HOA. Consider whether the location and property are worth the additional cost. High homeowners’ association fees can significantly increase your monthly expenses so it’s crucial to do thorough research and ask questions before making a decision to buy a home with high HOA fees.

If you want to make sure you’re making the right call in a home purchase, we recommend working with a qualified real estate agent and consider hiring a professional home inspector to uncover any hidden problems.

Recognizing these issues before you close on your home purchase will help you to have a more comprehensive understanding of the home. As always, if you need a good agent, contact the team at Broadpoint Properties.

This article first appeared on Broadpoint Properties' website, https://servingsandiegocounty.com.

Submitted by Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo, broker associate, who can be reached at 760-532-1057, [email protected] or http://www.ehlentulo.com. CalBRE #01904564

 

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