If you’re thinking about buying a house in Dallas, it’s important to be “on your toes” when checking out a home you’re interested in. Purchasing a home, whether it’s your first or you’ve owned a home in the past, is a big investment and requires substantial time, work, and effort. Working with a reputable and trusted Dallas real estate agent will reduce a lot of the stress and work involved, however it’s still important to know about some of the potential problems sellers may try to hide.
Water damage. Water is the most damaging element for a home, often leading to rot, the growth of mold, and structural damage. When looking at a home, notice if the walls have been recently painted. It could be a sign the seller is trying to cover up water stains – and don’t be afraid to ask when the painting was done. If the home has a basement, be wary of any furniture, boxes, or other objects that are piled in a certain area. If you suspect water has infiltrated the basement, ask the seller to move the objects around enough so that you can take a peek to ensure there are no cracks or other obvious signs of a water leak.
Unstable or weak foundation. If you notice any cracks in the walls or around windows and doors, it could indicate an unstable foundation. Homeowners will often paint the exterior of a home in an effort to conceal any jagged cracks, so closely inspect the exterior and interior for any cracks. Also pay attention to the evenness of the floor, as a feeling that you’re walking slightly up or down can indicate a weak foundation. Another clue? Doors and cabinets that won’t close.
Unless you’re already familiar with the neighborhood, you’ll want to ask about any “problem” neighbors – those with constantly barking dogs, rowdy teens, or even if there are homeowners in the area who tend to have verbal/physical arguments or domestic violence issues. The environment around you is important when you’re going to be living in the neighborhood!
Of course the most important thing you can do to ensure the home you’re considering is in good condition is to have a home inspection done by a professional. However, it’s still a good idea to keep your eyes open and pay close attention when touring a home.
At Team Nelson, our goal is to help ensure you find the home that’s perfect for your family, one without potentially costly problems that could affect your comfort, or the likelihood of selling in the future should you choose to do so. Give our Dallas real estate agents a call today!