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Red Flags
When Buying A House

Buying a house is a big investment that involves a lot of steps and research. Sellers will want to make their house the most appealing compared to others on the market. With that being said, many sellers may not share all the negatives of their home and instead emphasize on the positives. So, before going ahead on the offer, look out for a few of the red flags below to stay cautious and informed.

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Neighbourhood

When searching for a home, there is no doubt that one of the main things you will want to focus on is the neighbourhood. It's almost as if each neighbourhood has its’ own reputation for what it's popular for. Although the curb appeal can be picture perfect when looking down the road, keep an eye out for the number of houses that are up for sale, vandalism, and the type of businesses nearby. If many people on the street are selling their homes and moving then there may be a reason why. The type of businesses surrounding the area may cause traffic back up that can be inconvenient with everyday life. For those with younger children, researching the neighbourhood is very important to see if it is welcoming for a young family and the nearby schools your kids may attend. Some of the best neighbourhoods are known for their tight-knit communities that feels like one big family.

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General Maintenance

Fresh paint and pretty decor can make almost any home look picture perfect, but a good question to ask is what type of maintenance has been done on the home? This is where an inspection can point out certain areas in the house that need to be updated or may give you trouble in the long run. When walking through a home, make sure to check the electrical switches and outlets for any faulty or old wiring. Flickering lights, knob and tube wiring and fuses can be a big indicator for an electrical issue in the house. Checking the age of the furnace, roof and condition of the plumbing can also bring out any red flags that need can be avoided before putting an offer.

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Pests Problems

Unwanted creatures in the house are probably making themselves comfortable long before you move in. They may not show up while you’re checking the house, but look out for any traces of rodents or bugs. Inspecting the corners, window seals and behind the furniture to see if there are any creepy crawlers or mice traps can give you an idea of what to expect.

To emphasize again, buying a house is a big investment. It is important to keep in mind that no house is perfect, but noticing the red flags before making your big investment will save you a lot of time and money. Getting an inspection, doing your research, and talking to your realtor will definitely ease the process and protect you when buying a home.