Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner, it can be hard to find a house that feels just right. One of the most important considerations is how damp the house is. Not knowing what to look for can lead to a deal-breaker more quickly than you think, so be sure to have this information on hand before signing any contracts.
The biggest problem with a damp house is the structural problems that can result from it; most notably, settlement. If there’s water leaking in through exterior walls or floors, you’ll need to fix those parts before you move in.
You should also inspect for mold before buying a house with damp, especially if you have respiratory issues or children who are still small enough to be affected by mold. Whatever the case may be, make sure any molds are removed and remediated as necessary.
You’ll also want to look at the electrical system and see if it’s in good shape. This is also true of gas lines, which can be dangerous if there’s too much gas or too little air in the line. If you smell gas or hear crackling noises when turning lights on and off, get out of the house immediately before it blows up.
The electrical system is also a big concern here because of fire and shock hazards. The electrical system can fail without any warning at all, and the consequences could be disastrous for you or your family.
Examine your prospective home’s roof for leaks, mold and evidence of leaks from the attic or basement. If the roof needs work, you’ll have to know what to do.
If the house has water damage from leaks or a leaky roof, you’ll want to address that first before you move in and before your potential renters move in. The most likely problem is high water pressure, but so-called “leaky ceilings” can back up sewers as well.
The foundation is made up of dirt, rocks and cement; it’s what keeps your house from falling down. If there are cracks or settling in other parts of the house that aren’t easily visible, you’ll want to have these fixed before you move in to avoid expensive repairs down the road.