How to spot a Minneapolis home with water damage

When you’re in the market for a new home, there’s a billion things you need to be thinking about and very few get any mind share because let’s be honest…it’s just such an emotional experience. How am I going to get financing, what are the schools like, is the home in good condition, etc. As it pertains to the latter question, often times you rely on a home inspector to help you know what you’re getting yourself into. Any home inspector will have you sign a document stating their inspection report is incomplete and does not constitute any sort of endorsement on a home. Ultimately whether or not you proceed in purchasing a home that has major structural issues is up to you. But as any realtor or home inspector will tell you, one of the biggest problems facing homes is the threat of water damage.


How can you spot water damage?


Ceiling Water damageWhen you’re walking into a home for the first time, unless something is really bad and it’s evident from the get go, you tend to overlook any potential problems. And when it comes to buying a home with signs of water damage, that is especially true. Unless there’s a big hole in a ceiling with insulation spewing out of it you just might not catch any problems. But if it is the case the home has had ongoing water damage problems, you could be walking into a pretty bad situation that could cost you a lot of money and potentially put your safety at risk.


Look for tell-tale signs of water damage causes


While the symptoms may not be immediately evident, you can spot some things that are prone to causing water damage:


Issues with the home’s gutters

bad-guttersIf you roll up to the curb and start admiring the home’s curb appeal, only to notice that the gutters are in a very bad state, it should throw up a red flag. Most people overlook their role in protecting your home, but the reality is they play a pivotal role in keeping water away from your home so that it doesn’t end up inside your home.


Ice dams

If you happen to be viewing the home during the winter and there are massive ice dams, you’re really going to want to inspect the attic and ultimately add more insulation and better roof deck venting should you decide to go through with the purchase.


Lawn slope/grade

We know it sounds silly, but take a moment to look at the lawn area closest to the home. How is it sloped? If it looks to be lower towards the home, then it’s probably the case that overtime when it has rained water has pooled next to the property. That’s a big red flag, because once ground water finds a home next to your home, it eventually decides to become an uninvited guest and creeps through your basement walls.


Roof condition/tree limbs & debris

worn-shingles-debrisGenerally speaking, if a home appears to be poorly maintained, chances are you’re going to end up finding some problems should you decide to purchase it. And that’s definitely the case with a roof that has problems. Especially with our rainy springs and frigid cold winters, roofs have to be at their best in order to do their job. If you look at the roof and notice some problems, chances are those issues have translated into some water damage in some spots of the attic or potentially in the wall cavities of the home itself.


Article Resources:

Border Home and Property Inspections – How do trees effect my roof?

Brother Gutters – Signs gutters are causing water damage

Kuhl’s Contracting – Ice dam repairs and prevention

RestorationEze – Water Damage Minneapolis | Emergency Restoration Company



Thinking about resell value when improving your home

Have you seen the new Property Brothers show on HGTV where their clients need to sell their existing home and then want to upgrade to a new home but in order to make it happen they need to pump more money into their current home? That might seem crazy. To be spending a lot of money on a home you don’t want anymore right before you’re about to spend a lot of money on a new home, but the reality is certain projects, if done right, can add value to your home that exceeds the cost of actually doing the work. So even if you aren’t planning on selling your home soon, if you want to move on at some point it’s not a bad idea to be thinking about what you can do to increase the value of your home while making more enjoyable to live in. It’s also a good idea to know things that could backfire when you go to sell!


Home projects that increase value

Have you ever been house hunting and drove up to a house and fell in love with it from the outside. But then you open the door and the house has the weirdest lay out in the world or is themed bizarrely…so much so you want to run away and wash your eyes out? You think ‘who in their right mind thought this was a good idea’? Well, obviously somebody did or else they wouldn’t have done it. While you might have more taste than that, it doesn’t mean you won’t fall for some of the pitfalls many home improvement projects can present. So let’s delve into some projects that can, if done properly, help your home’s resell value.


Open spaces up!


kitchen-remove-wallHomes from pretty much up to the 90’s were designed in a way that created clearly defined living spaces. The kitchen was separated from the dining room which was separated from the living room. Nowadays, you can hardly ever find someone that actually wants that footprint in a home. Modern living standards have changed, and with them so has homeowners’ desire to have an open living space. And when it comes to cheap and easy projects, nothing is better than removing non-load bearing walls to open up your living space.


Add light to your home!

People are spending more and more of their time indoors. Whether it’s being at work all day and then coming home, whatever the reason modern living means you’re almost always indoors. So it’s probably no surprise homeowners at least value bringing natural light indoors. Sun tubes have become a quite popular way to bring warmth into a home, and it will surely appeal immediately to potential buyers.


Consider green upgrades!

rebate_programSome people are naturally more bent towards environmental conservation. Whether it’s a moral issue or not, when it comes to making upgrades to your home, going green in many instances just makes a lot of financial sense. If you’re installing a solar-powered hot water heater or replacing your old heating & air system with a newer energy-efficient system, doing so can not only greatly reduce your bills but can also significantly increase the value of your home. Add to that the significant rebates you can get through local, state and federal green rebate programs and going green doesn’t have to be about tree hugging, it can be about dollars and cents!