If you are buying a home, do you expect the seller to be completely upfront with you? While it would be very nice to get to know any quirks and shortcomings of your new home from the horse’s mouth, it is unfortunately much more common for sellers to try to hide and downplay problems with their home. This is why it is so important to have a thorough home inspector by your side when considering a new home.

There are some warning signs that you can be on the lookout for that will tell you that something could be off, and if your inspector isn’t catching these, it might be time to get a second opinion.

It is very common for sellers to put carpet down or move furniture to a place where it covers a problem. If you see something that is out of place, give it some extra attention.

If you see spot repairs such as fresh paint over a patch of wall or a segment of new carpet, this could also mean that a problem has simply been hidden away instead of fixed.