Home sellers are required by law to make certain disclosures when selling their homes. But those disclosures may not give you the full story. Eager sellers may gloss over potential problems with the home that could become big issues for the next owner. If you’re in the market for a new home, then these are the top 10 red flags you need to watch out for.
Your nose can alert you to big problems with a Loft, so be sure to take a good whiff when you’re touring the Loft. Smell anything funny? That could mean there’s a mold problem somewhere in the Loft, which could cause serious health problems. Conversely, if the Loft smells strongly of deodorizer or fragrances, it could be an attempt to mask a bad odor.
Check to make sure all wall switches and outlets work properly. If lights are flickering or any of the outlets or switches are warm, it could mean the Loft has old — and potentially dangerous — wiring.
One freshly-painted ceiling or wall
Does the wall or ceiling in one room look freshly painted while the others are not? This can be an attempt to cover up discoloring caused by water, mold, or mildew. You need to make sure the actual problem has been addressed and not just disguised.
Is there a room that is locked or off limits during your tour? That’s a big red flag. You should be able to see every area of the Loft that you’re considering buying. If your agent is having a problem accessing an area of the Loft, then make arrangements to see it later.
Pests can be a huge problem in a home, and an infestation can derail your sale. Look for signs hat could indicate a pest problem. This can include small piles of dark droppings near the wall or a hollow sound when you tap on a wood surface. That could mean termites.
Be wary of any additions that look like they were done by the homeowner. You don’t know if they have the skills required to meet building codes. It could also mean that the addition was completed without a permit.
Is the home priced below market value? That’s a huge red flag. Lofts that are priced low usually have expensive problems that will need to be repaired after you move in.
Length of time on the market
Finally, check to see how long the Loft has been on the market. Most Lofts sell within two months of being listed. If the Loft has been on the market longer, then that could indicate there are hidden issues or expensive repairs to be made.