Spring is a notorious time of the year when there is a great deal of accumulated moisture in the soil outside from melting snow and spring rainstorms. However, this year there can a greater risk of spring runoff in many areas of the country to contribute to the problem, and you don't want to buy a house that inherits any moisture intrusion problems. Here are some tips for you and your real estate service to use to help you look for a home to buy that does not have any signs or potential for interior moisture problems.
Complete a Home Tour
The first part of a traditional home search consists of you taking a personal tour of the home inside and out, which your realtor will arrange and accompany you on. This tour provides you the opportunity to inspect the home and make sure it fits your needs and does not have any visible defects.
As you take a look at the interior of the home, look at the basement for any moisture covering the unfinished concrete walls, settling behind paint, or pooling inside the window wells. Also look for any moisture present on the floors of the basement, which is an indication of high water pressure on the exterior soil.
Open cupboards and peek behind the crawlspace door if the home has one. You don't want to leave any area of the home personally uninspected.
Ask About Previous Interior Moisture or Water Problems
After you and your realtor have completed your own inspection and assessment of the home, ask the current homeowners if they have experienced any moisture problems with the home in the past. This may include leaks from the outside or leaks through the home's plumbing. The homeowner is legally obligated to disclose any information about the home that relates to moisture damage and leaks.
For example, if the basement experienced water seeping through its foundation walls two years ago, they should tell you about it. This will also tell you of any past problems and any corrections the homeowner made to remedy the problem or whether the problem went away on its own and no action was needed.
Hire a Professional Inspection
After you have researched the property as much as possible by looking and asking questions, it is a good idea to hire a professional inspection after you have made an offer to buy the home. At this point, you can hire a professional inspection to look for any hidden problems. Then, if you find any problems with the home, you can renegotiate the purchase price or exit the contract.
Your home inspection will check the home's various systems and components but also inspect for any potential problems for moisture leaks. A roof and gutter inspection on the home will let them know if the home's roof drainage may lead to excessive water collection and lead to interior water damage. They can look at your home's foundation, basement, and any crawlspace in addition to the pitch of the roof and its seal around any chimney and vent hatches.
Use these tips with your realtor to help you find a home free of moisture problems.