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Buying a Home in Summer? Be Wary of Potential Sogginess

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By : Tony Marino    99 or more times read
While many home buyers prefer to buy in the summer months in order to move during better weather or get their children settled into a new area without disrupting their school year, dry weather can mask a dampness problem.

In many areas, there is a month or more of dry weather in the summer that can dry up any excess moisture making it seem like there is no problem in the first place. If the weather has been dry for an extended period of time before you tour a house then you should look for signs of excessive moisture.

Inside the house look for marks on the ceiling or walls that could indicate damage from water dripping from leaks in the roof or the outside walls. Chances are that in a newer home you won't find leaks like this, but it never hurts to be cautious.

Around doors and windows check for gaps that may let the weather in. Also look to see if there are marks made by wooden doors or window frames rubbing when the weather gets damp and the wood swells. Some doors may warp from water damage as well.

Sniff around the house as you walk through it. Musty smells may be indicative of mould or rot that is on happening in the house that may be less apparent because of the dryness of the weather. While the visual clues of mildew might be cleaned away, it's a lot harder to get rid of the musty smell.

Water damage can be caused by water leaking through the roof or outside walls, but can also come through your foundation or through drains in the basement in the case of poor drainage outside your yard. Signs of water pooling in wet weather might be noticeable in dryer weather by greener patches of grass when the surrounding grass is brown.

Backed up or faulty gutters can also cause basement flooding or dampness in rainy seasons; test them out spraying water from a hose into them to see how well they deal with a large amount of water. Gutter systems that don't function properly will allow water to run down into the perimeter drainage system and maybe overloading it with water.

Of course, if you are serious about putting in an offer on a house make sure you get a home inspection before you commit to buying the house; many problems with a house are not evident to a layman. It can help you decide if you want to invest the time into pursuing a purchase if you know that a house likely has a leaky roof and a mould problem though.

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