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Buying a house is a common goal for most people for a variety of reasons. Some want to raise a family in a more stable environment, while some wish to get a piece of the real estate cake. However, let’s be honest with ourselves, no matter the scenario, chances are everyone wants to be as money-efficient as humanly possible. There are a plethora of things which could result in your property purchase being a huge investment, for a rather underwhelming payout. Unless you are planning on purchasing a completely new house, the probability of a house issue-free is near impossible. Chances are there will always be something which requires your immediate attention, many issues in the house can be minor but grow into costly issues if left unattended. Let’s go through some common issues houses are plagued with, and how to save yourself your hard earned money.
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Bad ventilation tends to be a fairly common problem among homes, not only are there the obvious drawbacks such as high humidity and poor airflow, which leave the house feeling somewhat stagnant. But the amount of health risks which can come from having high humidity in the house. High humidity often invites in damp spots on the walls, which in turn often become hotspots for mold growth. Mold is known to cause: nasal congestion, coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, eye irritation among a few others. Asthmatics tend to have a much stronger reaction to mold in general, making them a frequent victim. Mold is hard to remove and usually involves getting in a professional to get the job done, making mold an expensive liability.
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Houses sustain a lot of “indirect” damage. Much like the aforementioned moisture, it might not have been someone’s intent to have high humidity in the house or bad foundations which the house was built on. However, a lot of damage purely comes from poor maintenance of the previous owner. When going to see properties, make sure to try to figure out what kind of person the owner is. Do they seem respectable? Do they look like the kind of person who cleans up regularly? It might be hard to tell, but there are very telling signs that should raise some red flags when seen. Peeling and dirty wallpapers, badly painted walls or surfaces with crumbling corners, unsightly improvised wiring or plumbing. If you come across these kinds of signs, make sure to do some thorough checking and do not be afraid to get a specialist to come and inspect the house.
Beyond your sight
Of course, not everything can be seen via traditional means. No one is going to buy a perfect house unless they are incredibly lucky, so you have to assume that problems will pop up after a while of living in it. That does not mean that you should not care and just buy anything that comes your way, quite the opposite really. You can hire a home inspection service to run some impressive hi-tech tests to check your house for any potential problems which fall outside the scope of the usual issues. From ultrasound checks and infrared scans, to air quality tests, moisture analysis and radon tests. Sometimes these might really save you from buying a never-ending money-sink.