Basements are an often overlooked aspect of inspecting a home , especially if they’re unfinished. But basements can give you a glimpse into the home that other parts cannot, so you should always give it a thorough inspection. Here are some things to look for when going through a basement.
1. Cracks in the Walls
Wall cracks are a sign that you need to leave the property as fast as you possibly can, especially if the basement is unfinished. Wall cracks are usually a sign of foundational damage, which is one of the most expensive repairs made to homes, often costing five figures just to get back to where it was, never mind any necessary upgrades.
2. Signs of Water Damage
Water damage has a number of different signs, which makes it easier to to spot but also easier to cover up. Finding water damage takes at least two of your senses. The first is sight. Look for furniture that has been oddly placed, which could be covering up water damage on the floor. Walls with patches are a good sign of water damage as well. You’ll also need to follow your nose. Mold has a very distinct smell, one that you can spot if you know what you’re looking for, so keep sniffing the air in each part of the basement to see if there’s any signs of mold, which is a sign of water damage in the home.
3. Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the weakest part of a home’s defence against the outside elements. That means they are ground zero for water damage and issues concerning heat, cold, and other issues. Always pay close attention to any and all windows and doors in the basement, especially those facing the outside. Look for any wear and tear that indicates recent issues, and inspect the walls around the casings and frames to ensure they haven’t been leaking.
No home inspection is complete without looking at the basement. Without looking at the basement, you could open yourself up to multiple issues, including expensive repairs and dealing with mold, which can become a health concern. Always closely inspect the basement for any signs of issues to protect yourself from future surprises.