Hidden Home Defects to Watch For
No home is flawless, but certain physical problems can be expensive. Watch for:
leaks. Look for stains on ceilings and near the baseboards, especially
in basements or attics.
foundations. Look for large cracks along the home's foundation.
Look for standing water, either around the foundation of the home of in
Look for weakened or grooved wood, especially near ground level.
roofs. Look for broken or missing copings and buckled shingles as well
as water spots on ceilings.
wiring. Look for antiquated fuse boxes, extension cords (indicating
insufficient outlets), and outlets without a place to plug in the
- Plumbing problems. Very low water pressure, banging in pipes.