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Buying your First home? 7 Red Flags When House-Hunting.

Buying your first home, or any new home, for that matter, comes with huge financial commitment. It is therefore of extreme importance to make sure you know what all the implications are. To make a rash decision can result in a lot of time and money later on. To save you from unexpected trouble in the future, you need to be on the lookout for disasters in the making.
7 problem areas you should be aware of:
1 Moisture rots wood over time. Inspect wood in the kitchen, for example the cupboards and flooring. In the bathroom, make sure all surfaces that come in contact with water is still damp proof. Also check the outside woodwork on the house for signs of rutting, including the eaves, all the trims, and the deck.

2. Inadequate ventilation causes moisture to build up, which can cause big problems. Interior walls and structural elements can be damaged without proper ventilation through the attic. Make sure that the attic is properly equipped to allow the heat of the sun to escape and promote evaporation of moisture.
3. Poor drainage around the exterior of the home could lead to water intrusion in garages, basements and crawl spaces. The damp can create mould problems. It can also compromise the structure and foundation of a home.
4. Controlling water from outside sources, as in rainstorms. Check for well-maintained gutters and downpipes. Also check the grading around the home’s foundation to make sure the water will flow away from the home. Water intrusion, in any way, can be one of the most destructive and costly problems, that can occur.
5. Roof problems can be caused by old or damaged shingles or flashing. Roof concerns should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent costly damage.

6. Electrical safety issues can include, outdated or insufficient electrical systems, that can cause breaker tripping and, at the worst, fire. Watch out for ungrounded outlets, and faulty wiring. Electrical safety should always be taken very seriously.
7. Failing heating and cooling systems in older homes can cause costly repairs. Older systems are less efficient and have higher costs in heating and cooling.
Find a reliable, trained and certified inspector to help you inspect your possible new home. This will enable you to make the best decision about buying a home.