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Twelve Red Flags That Should Cause You Concern When Buying A Home

Homebuyers in the Capitol Hill area are always concerned about what they will find wrong with the home after the sale is complete and they are settling in. But, in Northwest Washington DC, when you purchase a home inspection there should not be any surprises, or at least not many that make you regret your purchase. These 12 tips will help you determine what is a red flag whipping in the wind telling you to turn and run the other way; meaning if it isn't on this list, it is probably rather minor and can be easily fixed or replace.

Problems to be on the lookout for include:

  1. Failing air-conditioning unit, such as broken or leaking compressor
  2. Moisture in the basement, along walls, ceiling and floors
  3. Cracked heather exchange
  4. Reports of asbestos, underground storage tanks, radon, lead paint or water contamination
  5. Defective, missing, broken or worn roof and flashing
  6. Termites or carpenter ants (along with any other type of insect infestation)
  7. Aluminum or insufficient wiring
  8. Mixed plumbing or plumbing problems
  9. Signs of house settlement
  10. Settling or separated chimney
  11. Electrical system that cannot handle the capacity needed
  12. Horizontal foundation cracks

For more tips on buying or selling your home in the Capitol Hill, Trinidad or Palisades in the Washington DC neighborhoods, contact Michelle Buckman today.

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