5 Telltale Signs of a Bad Townhouse 

September 9th, 2022

Telltale-Signs-of-a-Bad-Townhouse.jpgEven brand-new homes aren’t always flawless. You may discover small issues while the house is still under construction or after you’ve moved in, like paint stains where they shouldn’t or uneven tile grout. Or you may notice major problems that require a construction professional to the rescue.

But sometimes, you may find yourself in a truly terrible townhouse. One with significant problems that make it unlivable, unsafe, or just plain not worth the money you paid for it. In the following article, San Diego, CA, specialists in new townhomes take a look at the most common signs the house you’re considering isn’t worth it. Read on!

What are the signs of a bad house?

When you’re on the hunt for a new house, it’s important to be able to identify the signs that indicate a house that’s faulty. After all, you don’t want to end up making a purchase that you’ll regret later on down the road.

So, what are some of the top signs that you should look out for? Here are five red flags to watch out for:

1. The previous owner left behind a bunch of stuff.

When you move into a new home, the last thing you want is to deal with the previous owner’s belongings. However, if they left behind furniture, appliances, or other items, it could be a sign that they were desperate to get rid of the property – fast. This could be because they were aware of significant issues with the townhouse and wanted to distance themselves from it as much as possible.

2. Strange smells coming from the drains.

If you notice strange smells coming from your drains, it’s a sign that there could be a serious issue with your plumbing. These smells could indicate that the pipes are backed up or that sewage is leaking into them. In either case, you’ll need to call a professional to take a look and correct the problem.

3. The walls are cracked or bowed.

Cracks in the walls or ceilings are usually not a big deal and can easily be fixed with some spackle and paint. But if the cracks are large or numerous, they could be indicative of bigger problems, like foundation issues or water damage. If you notice cracks in your walls, it’s best to have a professional take a look to determine the cause and whether or not they pose a risk to the structural integrity of your townhouse.

4. There is water damage in the basement.

Water damage is one of the most serious problems that can affect a townhouse. If you notice any signs of water damage in your basement, like dampness, mold, or peeling paint, it’s vital to have it inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Water damage can cause major structural issues, and if left untreated, it can lead to health problems for you and your family.

5. The townhouse is located in a sketchy neighborhood.

The area where your townhouse is located can have a major impact on your quality of life. If you find yourself in a neighborhood that’s unsafe, has a high crime rate, or is just generally not very desirable, it may be time to start looking for a new place to live. While it’s possible to turn around a bad neighborhood, it’s usually not worth the effort — and the risk.
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With over 40 years in the real estate industry, Neuman & Neuman is the leading company boasting highly knowledgeable specialists who can help walk you through every step of your buying or selling journey.

Whether you’re looking to assess the value of a townhouse near the San Diego Bay, need help organizing a home inspection or getting everything ready for your big move, our experts are here for all your real estate-related questions.

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