5 red flags to look for when touring a home

Feb 18, 2022 | Gateway Blog

Finding the perfect home is not always easy, but knowing what potential deal-breakers you may come across before getting started can help make the process a bit less confusing. Here are six red flags you should look out for when touring a potential new home according to our experts at Gateway Realty.

1. Foundation failures

The foundation is arguably the most important aspect of the overall structural integrity of a home. When touring a home, look for doors that do not close all the way or do not stay closed. Cracking near or along the frame could indicate foundation shifts. If the basement is unfinished, check the concrete walls for signs of deterioration. You’ll want to do the same where the foundation is exposed on the outside of the home. Cracking, crumbling or other foundation issues are likely too significant to continue considering the home.

2. Bad smells

Unusual smells are often an indicator of mold, mildew, leaky pipes, gas leaks or other issues that may be difficult to locate and completely resolve. Excessive cigarette smoke may also be more difficult to get rid of than you anticipate, which can make your home feel less than welcoming. Most significant bad smells should be considered a deal-breaker unless they can be completely taken care of at a reasonable cost before committing to purchasing a home.

3. Muddy areas in the yard

An excessively muddy yard can be an indicator that the area may experience moisture problems. From potentially getting mud in your home itself to a higher risk of flooding during storms to drainage problems, a significant amount of mud is a likely sign that it is time to move on to the next home on your list.

4. Sinks that don’t work

Properly functioning sinks are a must when it comes to keeping yourself and your home clean. Sinks that leak, have no hot water or will not turn on at all need to be taken care of before buying a home.

5. Negative impression of neighborhood

Selecting a new home is not only about the building itself. Making sure that your new neighborhood feels safe, including at night, is a must when it comes to ensuring your overall security, happiness and ability to feel at home. If something feels off, it probably is, and finding out before committing to purchasing a home can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
At Gateway Realty, we are here to help you find a new home in the North Platte area that has no major issues and matches your preferences. Contact us today to schedule a tour of any of our available homes that interest you!

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