Have you ever been to a horror house? We’re not talking about the eerie sounds that wake you up every 3 AM or the mysterious white figures drifting around the basement. The real horror houses are the ones with the dark, terrifying secrets hidden which may give you more worries rather than comforting you.
First time home buyers tend to be vulnerable to incompetent real estate agents and might have the tendency to commit huge mistakes in buying properties. They easily fall in love with a house, especially when they have character and are sold at a very good price. However, these cheap, old homes tend to have their own “skeletons” in their closets that homebuyers only find out when it’s already too late.
Before you fall in love with the house, make sure you are aware of its dark past and life-threatening secrets. Here are some of the possible scenarios you may experience if you’re not wise in buying your future home.
- “Furry Four-Legged Pets For Free”
While taking a tour around the house, you suddenly hear a soft squeak. A mouse, running down the staircase, glances back at you. You have already fallen in love with the house and with this, you realize that a little, harmless creature won’t be a big deal. Then one day, as you clean the attic, you get surprised by an army of filthy mice renting your property.
It is necessary to hire a professional home inspector before you purchase a house. The inspector identifies the major defects and recommends particular actions in improving the condition of your property. You may seek help from rat control services if the problem gets out of hand. Aside from rats, you might also discover creepy reptiles like snakes and frogs lurking around.
- “The Meth Problem”
You get enticed by the price of this lovely, two-storey foreclosed home and purchased it immediately, thinking that the house might be a jackpot. After a month of moving in, you find out that the house you fell in love with used to be a laboratory illegally producing methamphetamines.
Be careful in purchasing an old home, especially the foreclosed properties. Meth lab contaminants pose serious health problems to persons exposed to them. Chemicals such as solvents, paint thinners, phosphorus, and anhydrous ammonia may have contaminated your drains, sinks, ventilation systems, and carpets. If you find yourself in this situation, leave the area and call the local law enforcement and cleanup contractors.
- “The Silent Home Wreckers”
You love wooden, antique furniture. You are about to store luggage on one of the wooden cabinets when you notice that a family of termites is snacking on them. Aside from termites, there is also mold growth, which you have mistaken for harmless dust in the kitchen.
There are times when even the home inspectors miss some problems. What’s more alarming is these missed problems are too small for the naked eye yet can create a huge mess in the household. We’re talking about molds, termites, roaches, and other uninvited dwellers. With this, don’t just rely on one inspector and also pay attention to these problems. If necessary, you can have more than one inspector to help you out.
- “The Imperceptible Killers”
Some homes are too toxic to be called fit for inhabitation. You disregard the stains and residues lurking on the walls, thinking that you can easily clean them up. The truth is these small amounts of hazardous chemicals can instantly put the lives of the occupants in danger since they cannot be easily removed.
Your potential home might be surrounded by harmful chemicals like radon leakages, lead paint, formaldehyde, and pesticides. Some chemicals, like radon, are odorless but deadly. These cannot be detected unless special tests are conducted, but can still be minimized through radon removal systems. However, when the house is unsafe for occupation due to its toxic content, the best thing you can do is leave.
- “Blood Stains On The Wall”
Taking the “ghosts” and “bad spirits” aside, there are times when you feel the house is eerie for some reasons. You feel the same, especially when you visit the basement of your newly-bought home. After doing some research, you find out that there was once a murder incident in the said house and the bloody crime took place in the basement. Creepy, isn’t it?
There are states, like in Pennsylvania, which does not require homeowners to disclose if the house was a site of murder, suicide, or satanic ritual. Material defects that would have an impact on the value of the property and the safety of the household are the only reasonable things that homeowners should list down. Aside from the structure of the house, you should also consider the nature of its previous owners and do extensive research about the property.
In a nutshell…
Once the key is yours, it’s quite difficult to give it back. In order to avoid encountering these terrible scenarios, here are some tips to consider:
- Do an extensive research about the property and its previous owners
- Conduct thorough home inspection and professional cleanups
- Know your rights as a consumer
- Choose the right real estate brokers
- Think more than twice before buying
Carmina Natividad likes the idea of finding a home that matches one’s personality. Her keen interest in real estate and interior design helps her in writing for Thomas Property Real Estate Agents, a boutique real estate agency based in Australia that aims to improve the consumers’ experiences in leasing, selling, and buying properties.
June 13, 2016