Inspect the house for signs of over-due maintenance.

Winter time often brings paint wrecking cold and windy weather. Look for signs on all the exterior surfaces of a property for cracking and flaking paint. Several seasons of neglect can quickly turn into a property in need of a complete scrape and repaint. If a house appears to have fresh paint, be sure to have an inspector feel the facia and soffit in areas that they meet the roof line for wood rot. Paint can cover up neglected wood surfaces that need to be replaced. On the interior, always inspect for water leaks under cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms as well as any cracking along the flooring and shoe mold. These are signs of moisture in the house and could be caused by poor insulating and ventilation.