7 Potential Warning Signs to Consider When Buying A House

Before buying a house, watch for these warning signs: foundation cracks, bad odours (indicating mold), wet terraced construction, damp roof spaces, wall/ceiling discoloration (possible leaks), DIY electrical work hazards, and poor property drainage. These issues can lead to costly repairs and health risks. Consult a building inspector and trusted real estate agent.

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When buying a house or unit, there are numerous key factors to keep in mind. Property buyers, especially when buying a house for the first time are frequently overwhelmed by the process of purchasing a home. Many overlook potentail warning signs and indications that a home may not be all it appears to be. Before placing an offer on a home, it is always a good idea to go over the negative features in detail. Many of the items listed below should be discovered during a thorough house inspection, but it is a good idea for you as the buyer to get familiar with them and discuss them with your real estate agent and/or a building inspector.

Buying a House Checklist Tips

Cracks in the Foundations

Always look for cracks and stress marks on the inside and outside of the foundation. Visible fissures can indicate a number of factors, including severe house settling, the fact that the house was built on an incorrectly graded site, or in an area prone to earth movement. Small insects can potentially get entrance to the interior of the house through cracks. Ants and termites can cause a slew of expensive issues in a home. There are numerous sorts of foundation imperfections, each with its own set of causes. Have the entire foundation checked by an expert if there is any evidence of a flaw in the foundation.

Bad Smells & Odours

Unpleasant odours can indicate a variety of issues in a property, the most prevalent of which is mould. Biological issues, such as mould, can be difficult to resolve because they normally necessitate a significant amount of effort. Because it might be difficult to pinpoint the source of mould, ripping out walls is the most popular “fix.” Visible mould can be eradicated with bleach, but the problem usually goes far deeper than that. A building and pest examination is best employed when buying a house, as the inspector should easily identify any mould issues.

Wet Terraced Construction (Basements)

Water seepage from badly graded soil or a faulty foundation can provide a moist feeling in a terraced construction (think a house built on a sloping block where you can drive in the garage, but all other sides are retaining soil). When it comes to renovations or remodelling, this might lead to a slew of issues down the road. This might result in mould issues as well as the deterioration of the foundations. Moisture can also undermine foundations, resulting in costly future repairs. Mold has been connected to a variety of respiratory illnesses and ailments, so this is also a health risk.

A Damp or Poorly Ventilated Roof Space

Another element that might lead to a lot of mould and dry rot in a house is humidity (especially in tropical climates). If the interior of the roof is accessible, do so. Is it raining? If this is the case, there is an issue. This indicates that there is insufficient ventilation and/or a roof leak. The interior of a roof should be completely dry all year. This could also be the result of kitchen or bathroom fans venting into the roof space or attic not being properly built up to handle the moisture generated.


Leaks and seepage can be detected by the discoloration of areas of the walls or ceiling. This could be an indication of a roof or plumbing pipe leak. Because it usually necessitates cutting into the walls and/or ceilings, this can be a very costly problem to correct. This type of leak can also be a fire danger since it might interact with the existing wiring. Keep an eye out for fresh paint, as this is a typical way to hide water damage.

Work on the Electrical System

D.I.Y. is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in houses. Electrical work is required. Examine the connections on fixtures and anything else that looks to have been installed after the fact. Electrical work should never be performed by someone who is not qualified. Examine the main electrical panel, for example; does it appear disorganised and sloppy? This is one sign that the electrical work in the house was done by someone who wasn’t certified. Wiring that is haphazard can lead to costly repairs and is a safety issue to homeowners and their homes. Read our electrical safety certificates post or the QLD Electricity in the Home Brochure.

Buyer Beware: The Property as a Whole

The property itself may have a number of issues that are frequently neglected. The landscaping of the property, in particular, can have an impact on the home itself, particularly the foundations. Is the land slanting away from the house? The house should always be the focal point of the property. This helps with drainage while also causing water issues. If the soil slopes downward towards the house, there will almost certainly be water and seepage problems.

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If you are thinking about buying a house or unit in Hervey Bay, contact one of our recommended local real etsate agants as they will be happy to answer any questions and help you. 

Featured Hervey Bay Real Estate Agents That Make Buying a House Easy

There are plenty of reputable real estate agancies and agents throughout the Hervey Bay and Maryborough regions— these three  are featured this month week on Hervey Bay Real Estate Guide. Be sure to check out their listing pages and see what homes they currently have listed.

If you are serious about buying a house or unit in Hervey Bay, why not take a quick look at all of our current houses listed for sale on HBREG. Or better still, call one of our Featured Agents to discuss your needs.

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