Oct 10, 2023

Six Home Buying Red Flags

When shopping for a new home, it’s easy to get mesmerized by details such as countertops, appliances, and bathtubs.  However, these elements can easily be changed out to the new homeowner’s tastes and have zero impact on the home’s overall well-being.  Glossing over major details can leave homeowners full of regret.  If any of the below issues show up on the inspection report of the home you’re considering buying, proceed with extreme caution.

1. Foundation Issues

A foundation that’s cracking or crumbling can cost thousands of dollars to fix.  Cracks less than 1/8 inch are rarely cause for concern.  However, noticeable cracks in tandem with sloping floors or windows and doors that stick, frequently signal that there are serious issues that require expensive professional attention.

2. Evidence of Leaks

Sagging ceilings, bubbly walls, and interior paint discoloration are all confirmation that leaking has been a previous issue.  Not all leaks are detrimental. However, they can still signal that costly repairs such as covered gutter installation or a new roof may be needed in order to permanently remedy the situation.

Water Stains on a Ceiling

3. Amateur of Outdated Plumbing & Wiring

Floors and walls that require replacement after a burst pipe can come with a hefty price tag.  Shoddy or outdated electrical work can pose a fire hazard.  Beware of exposed wiring and non-grounded outlets.  Low water pressure and strong odors coming from drains also signal that expensive repairs are on the horizon.  It’s worth noting that galvanized plumbing has a shorter lifespan than copper.

4. Home Renovations Done Without a Permit

If this previous homeowner failed to have a permit pulled when one was needed, the ramifications can be steep.  First, it can be difficult to determine if the work was done up to code.  Even more alarming is that your homeowner’s insurance policy may not be required to cover work if a house fire or burst pipe happens as a result of it.

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5. Flooding Concerns

Homes near bodies of water or those with a yard lower than their neighbors’ have a higher likelihood of flooding during periods of heavy rain.  This can raise the amount your mortgage loan costs and land you a higher homeowner’s insurance bill.  Should you choose to move, this may be an obstacle in selling your home, as flood zones are easily reviewable online.

6. Black Mold

Toxic, odorous, and a direct health hazard to all that occupy the home, black mold should be taken seriously.  Homes prone to black mold growth have experienced substantial water damage through roof leaking or flooding.  Often growing on both the walls and floor, the moisture source must be identified, and mitigation needs to take place by a reputable professional.  This process can cause thousands of dollars.

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December 18, 2023

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December 14, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

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Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

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Menomonie, WI
May 17, 2023

"We had all our windows, sliding glass door and front entry door replaced by Lindus Construction. Jake Calleja, sales rep for Lindus Construction, is the real deal. He is honest, upfront, patient and works hard to fulfill the homeowners ideas and wants. Lindus Construction is a top notch company with high end quality products and very knowledgeable and experienced craftsmen."

Nichole A.
Stillwater, MN
May 17, 2023

"Highest recommendation for Lindus Construction team. We started with a heat map analysis of our kitchen to address significant cold areas, and transitioned to a solution to insulate the walls and install hot water in floor heat as selected solution. Kitchen was demoed down to the studs to access walls from inside, which allowed for a complete remodel of 1960-70s kitchen. Lindus team provided design expertise, cabinet, flooring and countertop selections, plus drywall, electrical, HVAC and plumbing teams, along with skilled carpenters. Lindus team provided good communication of schedule and handled minor delays that happen with all projects with high customer service. Such a pleasure to work with Lindus Construction! Thank you for a significantly improved kitchen design."

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Minneapolis, MN
May 15, 2023
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