Things To Watch-Out For When Looking At Houses

So you’re out looking at property and don’t really know the protocol or what to watch-out for?  I get it!  When you’re out house hunting you want to find a house you love but you should also keep an eye-out for red flags to avoid getting a lemon!  While it is easy to spot issues with some houses there are others out there in pretty good shape.  But, some properties have issues that are not noticeable to the naked eye and have things that might be a deal breaker for you.  Here are some items I find are most important amongst my clients and items you should watch-out for: 1) Were there any additions to the property and if so, was the work permitted?  If a previous owner did work to the property without permits, the new owner assumes the risk and liability of that work.  The city may not be aware of the non-permitted work, but in the event the city does get knowledge of it, the new owner will be financially responsible for whatever the outcome.  2) Roof life, is the roof in good shape?  Take a look at the roof and ceiling of the property to get an idea of the condition or if there is evidence of leaks; if an agent is present, find-out as much as possible.  3) Parking.  Believe it or not, some neighborhoods have parking restrictions where permits are required and each household gets a certain amount of permits per month for their guests.  There are more items you need to be on the look-out for, drop me a line or shoot me a text at the info below for a comprehensive list.  Contact me at or at 858.381.2621 for a detailed explanation.  Till next time, happy house hunting. =)

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