You feel ready to buy your first or next house in Florida, and you want to set yourself up for success. To ensure you do not move into a money pit, have a professional perform a home inspection.
To help you identify potential problem areas, see what U.S. News & World Report says about common home inspection red flags. Some issues you may accept, but others could point to a bigger investment than you realize.
Drainage and foundation
Pay close attention to the inspection’s results for the property’s foundation and drainage. A few minor and inexpensive repairs may not cost you too much, but mounting issues could indicate safety concerns. For the foundation, ensure that water drains away from the home and foundation.
Current problems and upgrades
Depending on the home’s age, it could have existing issues you and the seller may take care of together. Sometimes, problems become upgrades you must pay for, such as an aging air conditioner or heater or a failing roof. No matter the severity of existing issues or the cost of upgrades, you and the seller may work together to figure out how to pay for everything and which party bears financial responsibility for repairs and replacements.
Much like foundation problems, it may not cost much to take care of mold in the property you want to buy. Major costs could result from unknown and unattended mold problems, so have the inspector check every inch of the property.
Hopefully, all goes well with your inspection. If not, you deserve to know when to keep looking for your dream home.