Seeing through home sellers’ camouflage
Mortgage rates have started to climb again. While that’s probably a good sign for the economy, it may also be a wake-up call for people who have been hitting the snooze button on the time in which they hoped to buy a house.
If you’re one of the many Canadians just entering the buyer’s market, it’s easy to get caught up in the critical aspects of home buying and forget some of the details. The clock is ticking, rates are rising and what matters in a house is location, location, location, right?
Yes and no. Location matters, but if you’re not careful and observant when making your choice, you could get a great location and still end up with a money pit.
In some cases, people anxious to sell their home have been known to make a few cosmetic adjustments to hide the areas where their house might need a little extra care or even some serious repairs. Here’s what to watch out for.
A fresh coat of paint in the basement
“One thing I find suspicious is a recently painted concrete floor and two or three feet of foundation in an unfinished basement,” he says. “A lot of times, basements will leak, and they’ll get that mineral stain around the concrete. Before they sell, some owners will cover it up with a coat of paint.”
if you suspect a problem, go back for a second visit. “The only way to tell is to wait for a good heavy rain and visit again to check for moisture. If you’re still uncertain, you can hire a plumber with a camera, and they can look down the pipes.”
Checking pipes like this is not done in the course of a usual inspection, but it’s worth making it a condition of the sale if you’re really worried, because drainage problems can be very difficult to fix. also pl hire a very good home inspector, honest reliable and from good firm. money well worth over the possible lemon if you get caught in.
New sewage or drainage pipes
Around the foundation of every house is a permanent, porous piping system, called weeping tile, that acts as a drain and keeps water from entering your basement. “Over time, this pipe can fail. It can fill with debris and mud and stuff, and it is not easily fixed.”
In older houses, weeping tile isn’t even made of pipes — it’s a series of half-round, clay tiles placed next to each other. So, if the house or the land shifts, you could be in for trouble.
The money you spend to have a plumber/home inspector look at your drains could end up saving you thousands of dollars, to say nothing of the time and inconvenience of digging a trench around the perimeter of your house to replace the draining system.
A recently pumped septic tank
There is cautionary tales about plumbing. “The worst is when a home owner is hiding problems with a septic or sewer system. Having the septic tank pumped out prior to an inspection can give the appearance of a well working system.”
“A failed septic system can cost well over $20,000 in replacement costs.”
Sewer systems can also be bladed — which involves using a long tube with a rotating blade at one end to clean pipes and cut out blockages — so that they appear to be working without backups. But, again, this is a short-term solution to an expensive, long-term problem. ask plumber/home inspector to give full report for that in details.
Your senses are your first and one of your best methods of avoiding deception. Mould smells like mould. It’s easy to hide the visual signs of mould with paint, but it’s a hard smell to mask. Don’t be afraid to sniff around any area that makes you feel uneasy.
Suspicious piles and large plants
If something looks out of place, ask about it. A pile of bricks stacked against the side of the house could just be a pile of bricks, but it could also be a way of hiding a cracked foundation.
That newly planted yet mature tree in the back yard, the one in front of the retaining wall? Look behind it. Just as people will paint over stains, they sometimes landscape over cracked retaining walls or other problem areas.
Follow your gut. If you think someone is lying to you, ask more questions and use your written offer from sellers as a means to get the truth. Contracts are there to protect you, and conditions of sale are a good way to ensure you’re covered. If you’re unsure about how to do this, ask your real estate agent or your lawyer, but do not go in unprotected. It’s usually easier to avoid buying a problem than it is to fix it.
We also recommend to use the right realtors who are meaningfully protects your right and not just counting numbers of sold.
As a part of continuing guidance to you we recommend to visit the link of Toronto Real estate Board and protect your rights
So, take your time and think through your purchase carefully. All of the experts agree on one point — sometimes you have to accept a few problems to get your dream house, but it’s best to understand how much the trouble your home might cost you before you sign on the bottom line.
Article derived from Yahoo-finance
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