8 Property Issues to Look For Before Buying a New Home

8 Property Issues to Look For Before Buying a New Home

The following contribution is from another author.

Buying a new home is exciting. It’s the future, and it has so much potential. However, there are some potential problems that you need to look out for before you move in. We’ll cover these issues and how to deal with them if you find them on your next house hunt. Take a look. 

Structural Integrity

The structural integrity of a home is probably one of the most important things to consider before you buy, yet it’s often overlooked. If any cracks in the foundation or floors aren’t level, you may have some issues to deal with later down the road. Look for signs that termites have been in your home. If they’ve already started eating away at wood or drywall; chances are they’ll come back again and again if not dealt with properly.

Electrical Systems

One of the most important things you can do when purchasing a home is to ensure that the electrical system is up to code. It would help if you had a qualified electrician inspect the electrical system before closing on your new home, but here are some things you can look for yourself:

  • The outlets and switches should be working correctly.
  • Inspecting the wiring will give you an idea if it’s in good condition or needs work.
  • Look for exposed wires.

Plumbing and Pipes

Most of us take our plumbing for granted. But when it comes to buying a new home, one thing you should consider is how well the pipes will last. A hidden wall leak can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Look for water damage on walls or corner molding near sinks and tubs. Check for leaks around faucets, toilets, showers, and other plumbing fixtures (such as water heaters).

Flooring and Walls

The flooring and walls are other home areas that can show signs of damage. “Flooring” refers to the material used on a house’s floors, whether carpet or tile and “walls” refer to all the surfaces between the ceilings and foundations, including drywall.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are essential elements of any home. They control the temperature, air circulation, privacy, and security of your property. If you’re considering buying a new home with windows and doors that need to be replaced or repaired, it’s essential to know what issues to look for to get a good deal on them when negotiating prices with the seller.

Roofs and Attics

It would be best if you looked closely at the condition of your roof and attic. If there are any leaks, you’ll want to get them repaired right away. You may also need to inspect your rooftop for damage, such as missing shingles or water stains on the ceiling below.

Your attic should be in good condition, too—especially if you plan to store anything up there. Ensure that insulation is in good shape and that the attic has vents so moisture doesn’t build up and cause mold growth (get a mold inspection in Orlando) or other problems.

Insects and Rodents

Rodent infestations are a common problem in older homes, so it’s essential to keep an eye out for signs of rodents before buying. Look for the following:

  • Droppings and urine stains around the basement or attic
  • Chewed wood or wires inside walls, attics, and basements
  • Burrows (tunnels) in the dirt near your house or garage.


Mold is a fungus that grows in damp, humid areas. It can grow anywhere there’s moisture—even in your home’s most well-sealed, airtight rooms. Mold spores are almost everywhere, but it takes a certain amount of water to germinate and spread. If you’re looking at buying a new home and want to know whether there was mold growing on any surface before you move in, hire experts for a professional mold inspection Orlando.


We hope this list of common property issues has helped you to prepare for your next home purchase. Let us know if we missed anything.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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