8 Reasons When To Walk Away From A House After Inspection

Hunting for a new home won’t always be the easiest thing to do as you might have to choose between several options that best fit what you are looking for in a house that you can call your own. And even if you do manage to find a home that you think is right for you, you’d have to have it inspected first. The inspection might reveal stuff that will break your heart. As such, we have compiled the eight reasons for you to walk away from a house after inspection.

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  1. Problems With The Foundation

The foundation is everything when it comes to a house. That is why it is even called the foundation as it is basically what acts as the foundation that allows the house to stand and become structurally sound. As such, one of the first things that you need to have inspected when you are inspecting a house before purchasing it is the foundation.

It might be impossible for the inspection to come out with absolutely no problems with the foundation of a home especially when it comes to a house that has already been around for quite some time. However, you have to make sure that the foundation doesn’t have any damage that can potentially become problematic for the entire house as you might end up with a house that would have lingering problems with its integrity in the future.

If there are problems with the foundation, try to have it checked as to whether or not the problems are not too serious and that they are still easily remedied by a simple repair job. Have a structural engineer quote the price for the repair job. But if the problems with the foundation are already too serious to the point that you are going to have to shell out a ton of money, simply walk away from it.

  1. Termites

You can never stress how important it is for a seller to disclose whether or not the property has termite problems. In case you don’t know, termites like to feed on wood and can cause serious damage to the foundations of the house when on a long-term basis.

The problem with termites is that they tend to be difficult to spot even if their white ant-like appearance won’t fool anybody. That’s because termites tend to live underground and are most likely living somewhere near the foundation of your home because they love to feed on wood. 

Termites have a tendency of making tubes in the foundations of a house because that is what they use to conceal themselves while they are traveling throughout the structure of your home. And the fact that they don’t need sunlight or fresh air to survive makes them even more problematic.

As such, it is usually only when the termites have caused enough damage or when the house is thoroughly inspected that termites problems reveal themselves. Most owners don’t even realize they have termites until they have their homes inspected. That’s why even the seller himself might not know whether or not the house has termites.

So, if there are termites in the home, you’d have to consider whether they have done enough damage to the foundation of the structure. Termite treatments can also be expensive especially when there are still active termites. And if you couple that with the possible repairs you’d have to pay for due to the damage they have done, you might as well walk away from the purchase the moment you see the quote for the repair and termite treatment.

  1. Faulty DIY Jobs And Works

There will be instances in a homeowner’s life where he or she has to do the job without the help of a professional because of certain reasons such as when the job is simple enough for a novice to do or if the cost of having it repaired is way out of the budget. As such, most homeowners tend to follow DIY tips online to try to work their way through a repair job without the help of a professional.

But the problem with DIY jobs is that they tend to be quite shoddy and are not as expertly done in comparison to what a professional could have done. And you can’t blame the homeowner who is simply trying to save money by doing the repair job without the help of an expert. But this can be a problem for whoever is looking to buy the house because a shoddy repair job may lead to serious problems in the future.

As such, if there are clear indications of repair jobs that were poorly done by either the previous homeowner or a cheap repairman, you might want to reconsider buying the house. After all, you’d have to shell out more money to have a professional fix the mess left by the homeowner. Moreover, there might be instances where the damage left by the shoddy repair job can no longer be repaired.

  1. Water Damage

Rainy seasons can lead to leaks in the home especially when there are problems with the house’s roof. When water starts to seep into the home’s floors and ceilings, this can be quite problematic especially because of how moist wood can easily lose its integrity and may eventually rot to the point that it can bring the entire structure down.

And even if the previous owner may have fixed the water damage already and has already done something about the leaks that led to the water damage, one other thing that you have to consider is the presence of molds. That’s because molds will not only cause damage to your home as they build up but they can also be detrimental to the health of the people who are constantly exposed to them.

So, if the inspection ended up unearthing hidden water damages as a result of leaks and extra moisture, you’d have to reconsider purchasing the property because water damage can be difficult to repair. And if the water damage resulted in the presence of molds, that can be a real dealbreaker as you’d have to spend more money to try to have the problem fixed.

  1. Outdated Or Faulty Wiring

Older houses tend to have the common problem of having wiring that is already outdated. The issue with outdated wiring is that, while it might not have some problems today, it can easily cause problems in the future especially because of how the wear and tear of age have already affected their performance. Meanwhile, faulty wiring should be a big red flag because this can cause appliances and other electrical devices to short out. 

So, if the house has outdated or faulty wiring, you might as well try to walk away from it because having the wiring updated or fixed can take a long time and may even lead to serious expenses on your part. You’re going to end up saving yourself a lot of trouble by simply looking for another option instead of sticking with a house that has outdated or faulty wiring.

  1. Roof Problems
Old worn out asphalt shingles on the roof of a residential home.

The roof of a home is one of the most important components of the entire structure because it is your first defense against the elements. Most roof types can optimistically last for decades while the hardiest types of roofs can last upward of 70 years. However, because it is cheaper for most homeowners to go with roof materials such as asphalt shingles, expect the roof to only last about two decades before it begins to show problems.

And even if the roof hasn’t reached a decade old, it can still show problems especially if it wasn’t maintained well or if the house has gone through a huge battle with the elements. If that is the case, don’t expect the roof to be able to last three decades even if most roof materials have a lifespan of at least 30 years.

So, if the inspection revealed that there are problems with the roof, try to check if it is still repairable. However, when the problems are already too serious that you need the entire roof replaced, you might as well walk away from the purchase because of how expensive a new roof can be.

  1. Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues are at the same level as issues with the house’s wiring. That’s because problems with the plumbing and the drainage can easily leave the house smelling like a sewer especially if the issues have become far too severe.

Most plumbing and drainage issues are caused by invasive tree roots. So, if there are trees surrounding the home, try to have the plumbing and drains checked to see if they are working well enough. However, if there are problems and such problems are quite serious, this could be a red flag that could convince you to try to walk away.

  1. Title Issues

Finally, we go with the last and yet just as important a reason to walk away from a house—title issues. If the house’s title and ownership are still being contested by a different party, it should raise some concerns on your part especially if the previous owner tried to hide that fact from you and it was only revealed when you did some further inspections and investigations.

And even if the seller did not conceal the problem with the title but is not willing to deal with it, you should walk away from the sale. That’s because you might end up losing the home any minute due to the title issues surrounding the house. As a result, you would end up having nothing to gain back especially if you knew that there were issues with the title when you purchased the home.

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