Helpful Basement Tips for Home Buyers on the House Hunt

homeforsalepuzzleAccording to Realtor.com, the busiest seasons for buying and selling a home are the Spring and the Summer.  When you think about it, it makes sense; packing up and moving a house is much easier when the weather is warm and sunny.  If you are on the hunt for a new home, don’t forget to take a good walk around the basement.

The basement will give up secrets and tell you a lot about the maintenance history and health of the whole home.  Last Friday, we posted about clues and issues involving rust in the basement.  Here are a few other items to look for that will let you know if a basement has ever flooded and/or has or had a water problem:

  • Chalky Waterlines or Effloresence
  • Rusty Lally Columns
  • Rusty Water Tank
  • Stair Rot – rusting metal or rotting wood
  • Fresh Paint
  • Musty Odors
  • Water Stain Lines on Walls, Floors
  • High Humidity
  • Presence of Mold and Mildew

If you are concerned about the possibility of water and the overall dry condition of the basement in a potential new home, tour the home when it is raining or right after it has been raining.

What are You waiting for?