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How to Avoid Buying a Money Pit? 
6 Warning Signs That Could Mean Expensive Repairs

Many people think that serious defects in a home are easy to spot, but the truth is, often the most serious and costly problems can only be detected upon very close inspection. When you are considering buying a home, look for the following six telltale signs of serious problems.

1. The Roof


Leaks are the most common problem with roofs, and are tough to detect from outside. However, from inside an attic, you can often see water marks where there is a leak. So try to discern whether the roof will last for several years or not.

2. Plumbing System


Make sure you are confident that both water systems: the one that brings fresh water in and the one that takes sewage out are functioning well before signing on the dotted line.

3. Electrical Systems


Before you agree to buy you should make sure that you can run all of the appliances you want to and even power tools at the same time without having a power failure. You also want to make sure that the electrical system is safe and does not present a fire hazard.

4. Heating & Cooling Systems


Be sure to thoroughly inspect the heating and air conditioning systems in any home you are considering purchasing. If the heating system is out of date, replacing it will cost you thousands of dollars. 

5. Bad Paint & Signs of Rotting


The paint inside and outside the house can reveal a lot about the condition of the underlying material. Check several places on several walls, using your eyes check for even the smallest spots of mold growth. Mold comes in many forms — some appear white and wispy, or they can form in tight clusters of black, brown, or green dots (and that can mean serious mold remediation costs). 

6. Cracks & The Houses's Structure


Cracks in walls, doors not closing properly and uneven floors can all be signs that there is a problem with the foundation. If the foundation is not strong, the entire house could literally collapse, so you should carefully check for these signs.
A bad foundation may not mean imminent disaster, but it could be used to bargain for a lower sale price, or you could ask to have the owner repair it before the sale.