Three un­ex­pected red flags to watch out for when buy­ing a home

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

Cer­tain red flags are easy to spot, but oth­ers are harder to see. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, watch out for these three signs that a house isn’t as good as it seems.

1. Ran­dom walls are freshly painted:

it’s be­come stan­dard for real es­tate bro­kers to sug­gest their clients re­paint parts of the house be­fore list­ing it. How­ever, you should be wary if only one wall or patch of ceil­ing is freshly painted. This could be an in­di­ca­tion that the seller is cov­er­ing up a prob­lem like mould, pests or some other ma­jor is­sue.

2. It smells a lit­tle too good:

it’s com­mon for sell­ers to bake cook­ies or have fresh flow­ers in the home to make it smell nice, but be care­ful of places that have air fresh­en­ers in ev­ery room. It’s pos­si­ble the own­ers are try­ing to mask an odour that’s dif­fi­cult to re­move, like cig­a­rette smoke or pet messes.

this pop­u­lar lay­out is not usu­ally a prob­lem, but check to see if the house was orig­i­nally de­signed this way. If the cur­rent own­ers changed the floor plan in a re­cent ren­o­va­tion, it’s im­por­tant to make sure any walls taken down weren’t load bear­ing, and that the build­ing it­self is still struc­turally sound.

3. Open floor plans:

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