Five Home Flaws You Can’t Ignore When Buying Atlanta Real Estate

Posted by on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 7:27am.

Certainly, there are things about any home you can look past: the stain on the carpet, the peeling wallpaper in the kitchen, or the outdated bathroom sink. But there are five areas of a home that simply can’t be overlooked in terms of damage or flaws. They are:

Foundation problems – A home’s foundation, and the integrity of it, is of extreme importance because if the foundation is compromised, you can be sure that the rest of home is too. From bowing walls to large cracks or a shifting foundation, there are a number of things that can go wrong with the foundation. Although many foundation problems can be repaired, it is best to get the advice of a professional before making an offer on a home that has foundation problems.

Moisture problems – Moisture problems can occur anywhere in the home, from the basement and the foundation to near windows and doors. Although moisture problems can often be remedied, the effects of moisture can be long-lasting and can threaten the health of your family in the form of mold. If there is evidence of moisture in the home, make sure a qualified professional may be able to come into the home and use special devices to detect the presence of mold and mildew.

Roof problems – Roof problems can lead to a host of other problems in the home, all of which typically require a lot of money to repair. Always make sure your home inspector looks at all aspects of the home’s roof, including the shingles, the downspouts, the gutters, etc.

Electrical problems – Electrical problems are of particular concern because, if left unanswered, could lead to a house fire and could risk the safety of your family. A home inspector will inspect the home’s electrical panel, as well electrical connections throughout the home.

Plumbing problems – Plumbing problems could lead to major water damage throughout the home, which could cost you thousands of dollars. A comprehensive home inspection should never be complete without a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing and plumbing fixtures.

10 Responses to "Five Home Flaws You Can’t Ignore When Buying Atlanta Real Estate"

John Evan Miller wrote: Tina - Good post, especially with mentioning foundations. That is a huge problem for a lot of older homes in the Atlanta area, especially when coupled with moisture problems that can make foundation weaknesses even more dangerous to a home's structural stability.

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 10:56am.

Panama City Homes | Jennifer Mackay wrote: Thanks for sharing this valuable information Tina - In our area water problems tend to be extremely common and once mold sets it, it's very difficult to remove.

Buyers should pay close attention and obtain a quality inspection report before finalizing their sales.

Best wishes and continued success.

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 8:49am.

Rich Cederberg wrote: Great points Tina. These items are big flaws and often very costly to repair. Great things to look out for when you are purchasing a home. Don't forget that home inspection to find these things before you close.

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 10:07am.

Debbie Gartner wrote: As a professional flooring person, the other flaw that people need to look at is warped flooring, which could be a result of water damage or, issues inherent in the foundation, as you mention. That is why an inspection is so important and, important for sellers to consider a pre-inspection when getting their house ready for the market.

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 7:26pm.

Teyona @ Real Estate Park City Ut wrote: These are the usual flaws in any other places. But what is important is the neighborhood has no flaws or serious problem. Thanks for pointing them out.

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 4:17am.

Tony Allen wrote: These problems can really drive you crazy. Electical problem is particularly scary. (like what you've mentioned0. That's why for buyers, it's a must that you examine the house before you seal the deal. Nice post!

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 8:34am.

Destin FL Long-Term Rentals wrote: The key is to use competent professionals when inspecting a house. Nothing worse than a house with major problems.

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 4:06pm.

Realhomesestate wrote: These key points when buying a property will really help a lot of buyers in the market. Citing the flaws should be considered before buying a property which have been stressed in this article. Thanks Tina!

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 5:01pm.

asheville rental property management wrote: Very nice post and I totally agree to the step one that the foundation is the most important part and if it is compromised one can not expect there are no other flaws in the structure.

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 6:00am.

Ransom Canyon property management firms wrote: I agree with you Tina on all of the points. There should be no compromise on these things by both parties the buyer and the dealer, these things almost double the cost of the house.

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 4:07am.

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