Water Where it Shouldn’t Be

Look for:

  • Stains on basement walls
  • Stains on ceilings
  • Moss, mildew or stains on lower siding
  • Stains or mildew on underside of roof
  • Soggy areas in yard

Structural Problems

Look for:

  • Diagonal cracks above doors and windows
  • Floors that feel spongy or uneven
  • Inside doors or windows that don’t fit

Utility Systems Problems.

Look for:

  • Very high heating or air conditioning bills (ask to see bills)
  • Leaking plumbing, especially the main water line
  • Main electrical service that is too small
  • Odd smells, such as sewer gas
  • Single pane windows that offer little insulation
  • Lack of insulation in attic

Serious Finish Problems

Look for:

  • Signs of termites or ants
  • Old, flaky paint on sills or trim or exterior
  • Floor covering that is worn in large areas
  • Siding that is wavy or spongy
  • Underneath roof cover that is seriously worn or has many layers