With inventory down over 48% from this time in 2019 and still rising prices, finding an affordable Blue Springs house that meets your requirements is no easy task. But before you make an offer or sign any papers, stop and look more closely. Don’t let a fast and busy Blue Springs real estate market rush you into buying a bad house. A house may seem like your dream home, but there may be things wrong with it that make it not so great. Consider, then, these 5 things that should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks.
1. Structural Problems
This, of course, is one of the main things that should make Blue Springs home buyers stop. Structural problems usually mean a huge expense in putting them right – even if the home doesn’t become a full-blown money pit. In the Blue Springs area, foundation repair work is common due to the expansive clay soils that are commonly found in and around the Kansas City area. Sometimes foundation repair work can be complicated because of several factors. These factors can depend on the age and type of home, as well as the weather and the soil conditions underneath your house.
If the inspection turns up anything like a cracked foundation, or cracked plaster/drywall, you would be wise to run the other way. These are all red flags indicating major structural problems. It’s wise to seek the advice of a structural engineer or a foundation repair expert immediately, should you find evidence of foundation damage.
2. Unpermitted Work
Unpermitted work performed on the house in the past may not seem like much cause for concern. But it should be. In fact, it should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks.
There are three reasons why this is so:
- If you ever decide to do any work (such as a room addition) that requires an inspection and permit, the inspectors will discover the unpermitted work. And then you may become liable for the old permitting fees along with fines.
- If there is unpermitted work and you have, say, a fire, your insurance may not cover the damage.
- Finally, you may be responsible for back taxes if the assessments have been based on the house as it was before the unpermitted work.
3. Unsuitable Neighborhood
It’s not for nothing that everyone hammers away at the importance of location. A great house in a bad neighborhood should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks.
No matter how great the house is, if the neighborhood is unsuitable, you should reconsider. Consider these negative neighborhood/location factors:
- Neighbors who blast loud music 24 hours a day
- A high crime rate
- Lots of barking dogs
- Nearby railroads or airport
- Nearby industrial plants or factories whose toxic waste products have leached into the soil and water table
Just make sure that the home’s area and neighborhood will help you have a safe, happy, and healthy life for many years to come. This is exactly why its important to hire a realtor local to the area.
A local real estate agent knows from experience and they are aware of information that may not based on hard data and is not available online. For example, a local Blue Springs real estate agent will know why a particular neighborhood has a very high distressed rate, maybe because its location is difficult to access to the highway, and because of traffic congestion it takes 30 minutes to get into the neighborhood from the interstate, so no one wants to live there. Or a local Blue Springs real estate agent will know why some neighborhoods may not be good investments — because of location, home values and popularity.
4. Mold and Mildew
No future homeowner wants to hear the words, “this house has a mold problem!” Especially when you think you’ve found the home of your dreams! Unfortunately, mold is a common issue here in Blue Springs and the Kansas City metro area, where basement problems such as humidity, and basement flooding are a frequent problem for Blue Springs area property owners. Mold can be an extreme health hazard. And the mold abatement process can be both expensive and lengthy. So any signs of mold or mildew should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks.
Mold can be such an unhealthy and persistent problem that most buyers will run at the first sign and so should you. So be on the lookout for water spots, water in the basement, a mildewy smell, or any other indicator that there may be a mold problem.
5. High-Maintenance Amenities
One thing that should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks, one that most people never think about, is the presence of high-maintenance amenities. They may look cool or be fun, but they’ll require a lot of work and expense. That sauna or indoor pool may seem to have the awesome factor at first, but seldom lives up to expectations when you factor in all the expensive and time-consuming upkeep.
Listen to Your Agent
These are just a few of the things that should make Blue Springs home buyers stop in their tracks. There are in fact plenty more – too many really for a layman to keep up with. That’s why it’s best to listen to your agent and let her guide through this minefield. Find out today how our agents can help avoid a home-buying mistake. Just give us a call at (816) 695-7352 or send us a message.