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Purchasing a new home is a huge responsibility. When in the market for a new residence, it’s important to know what red flags to look out for when it comes to structural damage. Most of the time, the signs of water damage are easy to spot; however, leaks are sometimes difficult to detect when shopping for a new home. Here are some of the things American Restoration in Albuquerque suggests you look out for when buying a home.

It’s a great idea to begin with a comprehensive inspection. Always look closely at the baseboards in every room of the house. If you notice warped or stained baseboards, that’s an almost sure sign of a previous leak. Be cautious if the seller hasn’t disclosed a prior flooding incident and you see these issues with the baseboards. Next, we suggest checking out the paint. If you notice cracked paint anywhere, there’s a possibility the house has undergone water damage in the past.

The home’s interior isn’t the only area you should be inspecting. You can also look outside the house at the grade of the ground. Check for unusually drastic drop-offs toward the residence. There will be spots that are level with the foundation and places that drop abruptly. While you’re looking at the foundation and siding, be on the lookout for stains or unusual marks. These could be signs of a past flood.

It’s imperative that you identify any flood damage before purchasing a home. If you have any questions or concerns and need expert advice, reach out to the American Restoration team!