Home Buying Red Flags

When buying a home it’s not uncommon that a buyer is overwhelmed with many different feelings, emotions, and thoughts. This can sometimes lead to the possibility of not seeing some very important things while house hunting. There are certain things that every buyer should be looking for when viewing potential properties. Items such as the ages of the roof, air conditioner, and hot water heater are just a few of the top things to look for when buying a home.

Buyers should also be looking for potential red flags in a home when they are viewing them. Many of the top red flags that buyers should be looking for are things that should not be taken lightly. Here are the top 10 red flags to look for when buying a home.

Potential Foundation/ Structural Problems

One of the most costly repairs to a home is correcting foundation problems. The foundation of the home is arguably the most important part of the home. A home with problematic foundation can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars to correct the problem. One way to tell if the home has structural problems is to look at the door frames. If the door frames seem not to be square or the doors seem to have difficulty closing, it is possible there could be some problems with the home’s structure.

Pest and/or Insect Problems

Depending on the area of the home, there are certain pest and insects that buyers need to be on the lookout for. A severe pest problem should raise a red flag. Many pests, especially wood destroying pests, can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

Random Fresh Paint

One of the best ways to inexpensively prepare a home for sale is freshly painting. Painting a room is a good way to make a room look fresh and clean. This is one of the biggest recommendations that Realtors will give to homeowners prior to listing their house. When looking at homes, a room with only one wall or a small portion of the ceiling that has been freshly painted should be a red flag. Why? It is possible that the seller is trying to cover up a problem, which should be cause for concern.


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Amateur Workmanship & Repairs

There are some homeowners who are extremely capable of doing quality work around their home. However, this is not alway the case. Amateur workmanship is one red flag that buyers need to be on the lookout for. It is common that “flipped” properties have not been renovated properly.


It is not uncommon that a homeowner becomes immune to a foul odor. When looking at homes, pleasant odors and foul odors can both be red flags. It is obvious that a foul odor is something that can scare away a potential buyer is less than a minute, but why is a pleasant odor possible a red flag? If a home has an air freshener in every outlet, a candle lit in every room, and hanging air fresheners hanging in every room, it is possible the home seller is trying to cover up a foul odor. While this isn’t always the case, it is something to keep in mind.


Mold problems should raise red flags when buying a home. Mold can lead to major health problems, especially for young children. These problems are not always easily discovered. Mold remediation can be done on a home, but it can be costly. Like many of these red flags, most home inspectors can help discover mold in the home.

Final Thoughts

Buying a home is a huge event in anyone’s life, whether it is a first time Florida homebuyer or an experienced home buyer. It is critical that when buying a home, buyers are on the lookout for these red flags. While some of these red flags may not be found while viewing a home, home inspectors can find them all.

When buying a home, it is important that you choose the right buyer’s agent. Here at S&D Real Estate Services, we are full of Agents who would love to help you find the perfect home. Our agents can help point out many of these red flags to potential Florida homebuyers while viewing a property.  


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