When you’re buying a farmhouse or any other property in North Florida, you’ll tour plenty of places – but how can you tell if a seller is hiding something just to make a sale?
Here’s what you need to know.
How Can You Tell if a Seller is Hiding Something?
There are a few things you can look for when you tour a home or property that might be tip-offs that a seller is hiding something. While each of these things could be normal (and not a sign of anything nefarious), watch for:
- Painted-over wallpaper. Removing wallpaper is not an easy job, so sometimes sellers paint over it – and if you look closely, you’ll likely be able to tell.
- Paintings or art in odd spots. Sometimes sellers use wall decor to hide mold, cracks and holes.
- Misplaced chairs and tables. Like art, people sometimes use furniture to cover up problems on the floor.
- Music playing in the house. While it can certainly add to a home’s appeal, you have to listen in the house with the music off – it could be playing to distract you from traffic or other noises.
- Rugs. A lot of people use rugs, so you’re going to encounter them on home tours. Just make sure you walk back and forth along them to listen for squeaks, as well as feel for warped wood.
None of these are definite signs that a seller is hiding something, though – they’re just often-used tactics to watch for. Your home inspector will discover any issues the home has if you decide to make an offer, so you can still rest assured that you’ll be fine.
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