Virginia is a “Buyer Beware” or “Caveat Emptor” state, meaning it’s the responsibility of the buyer to exercise due diligence with investigating the integrity of a property.
1. Mildew or fungus growth – This means there has been water damage at some time or another.
2. Discolored paint, bubbling wall finish or peeling – swelling is usually an indicator of water damage which is typically accompanied by a musty odor; look for moisture or mold.
3. In severe cases, sinks, toilets or other plumbing fixtures may be missing: make sure they were properly removed and capped.
4. Signage referring to winterization: If a home is properly winterized, than there is no need for heat.
5. Tax records with unusually low values, which don’t include additions: This indicates that no permits were pulled for the remodel; call the City to confirm that permits were pulled for renovations.