Buying a home is a huge investment and a massive step forward (especially for first-time homebuyers). However, it can also be an extremely stressful process. Buyers often have nightmares of investing their savings into a money pit that will drag them down financially. One of the ways a home can become a money pit is when it has high levels of water damage that you weren’t aware of when buying the home. To avoid this pitfall, there are a few different things you can do to detect water damage during a walkthrough of a home. Here are four of these things from our water damage restoration experts at White Knight in Fitchburg.
The term “leave no stone unturned” should apply to you as a potential home buyer. The last thing you want after buying a home is to be surprised by something that needs to be repaired that you weren’t prepared to have to fix. Moreover, there are a huge amount of potential problems that a home can have when you buy one so it pays to be thorough. Even if you are anxious to pull the trigger on what looks like your dream home, do your due diligence ahead of time so you aren’t faced with expenses that you don’t have the money for.
Along the same lines of being thorough, you should never hesitate to ask lots of questions when buying a home. Oftentimes, asking questions is the only way to get the information you need. You may feel awkward asking question after question, but it is completely within your prerogative to do so. In fact, it should be a major red flag if the homeowners or real estate agent you are buying the house from seems hesitant to give you information about the home.
Having a home professionally inspected before you buy is a great form of insurance against surprise expenses. The homeowners should be the ones having the inspection done, but if they haven’t for some reason or you need additional things about the home inspected it is well worth it to do so.
Last of all, you should be as observant as possible when touring a home. Be on the lookout for anything that seems out of the ordinary. Our restoration experts suggest you be on the lookout for any signs of water damage that you can detect on your own. This includes looking for things like mold, stained/discolored walls, musty odors, the sound of dripping water, and any other indication issues requiring water damage restoration services.
Don’t let yourself get out in a bad financial spot by buying a home with water damage problems you weren’t aware of. We at White Knight in Fitchburg are here to help so don’t hesitate to give our water damage restoration pros a call for a personal inspection or help with any other water damage problems you may have.