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Red Flags for not buying that new house

January 25, 2015

When you buy an older house, you expect that there may be some repairs or issues with the house that you can factor into your buying decision and price. However, many buyers opt for the new home because they want to avoid having to do repairs and renovations. But just because you buy a new home, it doesn’t mean you will be problem-free. There are signs to look for in a brand new home that signify problems that should have you walking. Don’t buy the home if you see…

Sticky Doors: Do the windows and doors operate smoothly? Sticky door and window jams can be an early indicator of more serious structural problems with the house.

Diagonal Cracks: Hairline cracks are common but anything more than that should be checked out. A straight vertical crack is insignificant while diagonal ones indicate that there may be structural issues.

Puddles near the Foundation: This problem is most probably caused by inadequate landscape grading that could lead to flooding in the basement. Check out the home after a rainfall? Are there puddles against the home’s foundation?

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