Buying a New Home? Look for these 3 Things in the Basement

inspect the basementIt goes without saying that buying a new home is a big investment and one that you want to take time to consider carefully. There are many things to look for and think about, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the yard, and believe it or not, the basement.

A basement can tell a lot about the structural quality of a building. Moreover, should any problems arise, repairs to a basement can be costly, and so before you make an investment in Saskatoon real estate, it’s a good idea to make note of the following and to carefully inspect the basement of the house you’re considering.

  • Moisture

The most important thing to look for are signs of current and past moisture; drip lines around windows, water spots on the ceiling, stains, or a musty odour, in particular. Not every real estate agent will point these things out to you, so you’ll have to be diligent and to look for them on your own. If the location of the house makes it vulnerable to leaks or a flood, successfully converting it into a usable room could be difficult and costly. Even if you’re not planning to renovate the space, any possessions you keep down there could be at risk.

  • Mold

Look closely at the walls and, if possible, beneath carpets and rugs. Mold growth is a health hazard and can be a sign of more serious problems. Mold removal is a costly procedure that can even require the complete replacement of walls or carpeting. At the very least, intense disinfecting will be required.

  • Structural Soundness

If possible, examine as much of the exterior of the basement as possible. Are there any cracks? Do the gutters drain close to the foundation? This will give you a good idea of whether or not the foundation is sound. If water has been seeping into the seams and cracks of the foundation for years, the house may not be as structurally sound as it first appears.

While the things I’ve mentioned in today’s post are problems that will need attention, it’s important to remember that any house can be waterproofed and that if the damage is caught early enough, it can be corrected, for a price.

If you want to start looking at Saskatoon real estate with the help of an agent whose expertise can be put to work for you, ensuring you make a worthwhile investment decision, please don’t hesitate to call me.

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