15 Critical Things to Look For When Touring an Open House

Signs of water damage

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Signs of water damage may not be as obvious in the photo above. Look for brown water lines across ceilings and on walls.

If the home has a basement, pay attention to the carpet, walls and flooring. Don’t be afraid to reach down and touch the carpet in the lowest areas of the basement to see if it’s wet, especially if there’s just been a big rainstorm. Musty smells can also indicate water has found its way into the home’s lower level.

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