When someone is selling a house, it’s only natural they use every means possible to cast their home in the best possible light. But sometimes, sellers can cross the line into deceit. And unfortunately, there are some real estate tricks that can hide flaws in a home for sale.
Freshly Baked Cookies
Exposure to mold can cause everything from coughing and wheezing to more serious respiratory problems, according to the Center for Disease Control. And unfortunately, some sellers and their agents sometimes cover up the sight — or smell — of mold in a home with freshly baked cookies and other distractions.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Like mold, water damage is a fairly common problem in homes for sale.
Get up close and compare the freshly painted area’s texture to the area around it. If you notice a spot on the wall with a slightly different texture, you may be looking at a blatant attempt to cover up water damage.
A False Sense of Urgency to Buy
Downplaying the Cost of Renovations
A house that’s listed as a fixer-upper can be a great opportunity to score a home that, with a little money and a lot of sweat equity, could be worth more than you put into it. But if you estimate wrong and go over budget on repairs, you could stand to lose. Don’t count on the seller to look out for your pocketbook.
Falsifying When Appliances Were Bought
Appliances are a big deal in modern homes. When they’re old and in need of repair or replacement, it can be a budget-buster. Old or dilapidated appliances are also signs that a homeowner might not have kept up on maintenance in other areas of a home. So, it’s no wonder sellers might want to fool you into thinking appliances are newer than they really are. But sometimes, they can go to extreme — albeit noticeable — lengths to fool you.