Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make in your lifetime. For this reason, you want to be sure that you are making the right decision. Many homeowners often overlook issues both minor and major simply because of the covering up of problems when looking at the home or because they feel that they can handle anything that the home comes with because they really want the home and don't want to wait. Many times, these problems involve the plumbing system. Here are three plumbing problems you should definitely look for before investing in a home:
- Stains on the Walls: First off, if there are water stains on the walls, it's a definite sign of water damage. Keep in mind that these stains cannot be covered by fresh paint since water damage stains will simply seep through it or cause chipping or bubbling in the paint due to moisture. This is definitely something you should be able to notice easily when looking at a home. If you notice it, chances are there is a leak from a pipe and you need to have an inspection done before investing more time in the home.
- Leaks in the Bathroom: Be sure to thoroughly inspect the bathrooms in the home for signs of leaking from the shower, sinks, or toilets. The best way to check this is to look for water around the floors, underneath the sink, and in the shower. You might even notice water damage stains here, as well. You should also turn on the appliances to check and see if any water leaks from areas other than where it's supposed to.
- Ask About the Pipes: Sellers must disclose this information if it's asked for, which is what types of pipes are being used in the home. If the pipes are lead pipes, then you will want them replaced upon moving in since this is not a standard material used any longer because of issues that they run into fairly quickly. You should at least ensure that they are insulated. You might want to cut a deal with the sellers to have this taken care of before you move in or have the home price lowered because of these problems.
If you still want to continue with the purchase of the home, be sure to hire a professional for a plumbing inspection in the home. Whether you noticed issues or not, this is important to ensuring that you know what you are prepared to potentially deal with upon moving in. You can also use this inspection as proof that the home price needs to be reduced or the issues taken care of before you move forward with the purchase of the home.