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When you are looking to buy a home in the suburbs or the countryside, red flags will help you determine whether the house is a deal or a potential loss. In most cases, you will notice it from the way the listing is published. A common adage goes that when the deal is too good, it probably is fraudulent. What then are common red flags that a home buyer should look at before making the deal?

Buyer beware forums

It is human nature to give negative feedback when something does not go right. Feedback is provided based on frustration and anger of having been defrauded and the zeal to ensure no other person falls prey to tricksters. It is essential to check out the agent’s profile in the community news site or classified or rating website in home purchases. Chances are, a past buyer may have made a recommendation detailing their experience or a rant detailing their frustration. 

Be wary of broken locks and hinges

Windows and doors that won’t close are critical flags to watch out for when attending an open house. When doors don’t close, it indicates that the framing members have shifted and the door completely out of the square. Watch out for areas by the corner to see if the door has chipped away to force a close.  The door or window may close, but the problem that resulted in that still exists.

Cracks in the foundation

All concrete will crack at some point. The weight of the structure above it over time causes tears. However, when the crack is above a half-inch, then a more significant problem exists. It is vital to have a foundation expert look at the foundation concrete and assesses repair costs when it comes to that.

Mold spores

Mold is an indication of a leak inside the house. If a leak has been on for a long time, wood members, carpets, and construction materials may require replacement. Removing mold is an expensive repair task that needs to be looked at and assessed before moving in. Mold causes respiratory issues and hence may push your family’s health bills to a constant high.

Insects infestation

Be wary when you notice chips of wood around the corners of the house. It is an indication that the house may have an insect infestation. Such a house would cost you a fortune to restore to a habitable condition.