Buyers should take full advantage of a walk-through to help them select the perfect home for their needs. The walk-through provides an opportunity to check everything out from the basement to the attic. Unfortunately, few buyers actually take the time to look at the following areas of a home to help them determine whether or not the home is move-in ready.

Beneath Area Rugs

Who knows what is beneath a rug until it is lifted from the floor? Area rugs are perfect for hiding stains and other imperfections in flooring. If the rug is too large to lift up by yourself, you should ask the real estate agent to help you do so. It is better to know whether or not flooring needs to be replaced before you make an offer on a home.

Under Every Sink

Many buyers spend time turning on a faucet or two in the kitchen and bathrooms.  After all, they want to make sure the home has running water. What about the area beneath the sink? This is the place to look if you want to see if clogged drains have the pipes bursting at the seams. Take a look at the cabinet walls and floor for signs of water, mold, mildew, or rust. While this problem may be a minor one, it is certainly not one you should have to deal with once you move into a home.

Inside the Shower/Tub

Shower curtains and frosted glass doors hide what’s lurking in the bathtub. Even if the rest of the bathroom is glistening, take a moment to peak behind the curtain or shower door. Mold, mildew, cracked tiles, and dried out grout are all signs that you may be in for a huge repair job if you purchase a home that has them.

Inside the Attic

You’ve heard of bats in the belfry, haven’t you? Make sure that you go into the attic of any home you are interested in buying. An infestation of bats, squirrels, or other pests can be a noisy and unhealthy problem to resolve.

Over Privacy Fences

While it isn’t nice to spy on the neighbors, a short look to see what’s on the other side of the fence is important for a number of reasons. Noticing what sits on the other side of a privacy fence can prevent you from picking the wrong house. Do you really want to live next to a landscaping business, group home, pet breeding facility, or frat house?

At the Ceilings and Roof

A leaky roof can be an expensive problem to fix, particularly if the entire roof needs replacing. Stains on the ceiling are often the first sign that either the roof or the plumbing leaks. Make sure that you also walk around the perimeter of the home’s exterior to check for loose shingles or other signs that the roof is in need of repair.

Behind Large Plants and Bushes

Well-maintained landscaping adds a sense of beauty to most properties. Unfortunately, it can also hide imperfections in the foundation, walls, or yard. Look behind large bushes and plants and check for trouble spots such as peeling paint, discoloration, and cracks. Each of these problems could be signs of a larger issue.

The walk-through provides the ideal time to investigate potential problems in any home you are viewing. Take the time to look behind curtains, doors, fences, and bushes to see if everything is as it should be. Doing so can also help you narrow down your choices.

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