13 hidden bathroom problems you might not see on video


It might be easy to gloss over the bathroom when you visit a house in person – but it’s even easier when you video it, as many of us do in the coronavirus era. It’s smaller than most in the house, and at first glance there isn’t much to record: toilet, shower, washbasin – that’s all you need, right?

But the fact that the purpose of the bathroom is purely functional – the place to go if you go-is what makes it such a crucial space. And one that you shouldn’t rush on any tour.

Experts say that in addition to the elegant vanity and sparkling bathtub, you should see a lot more in the bathroom. Make sure you inspect these potential problem areas or ask your agent to investigate them for you.

1. Funky smells

Keep an eye out for an air freshener while your agent shows you around the bathroom. Having a fragrance in the bathroom may be the buyer’s personal preference, but plumbing or mold problems can also be masked.

“Houses by a septic tank that have a strong odor could be a sign of a problem, that could cost you more later“Says Wendy Gladson, Real estate advisor at compass in Los Angeles.

2. No bathroom fan

You may not think an ordinary one Bathroom fan is worth a second look, but it is.

“If you have a window there is no need for a fan, but it could be an unpleasant surprise when you are looking for the switch to vent the steam and there is no fan [or window] present ”says Veronica Sniscak, Owner and Realtor® at VSales and partners in Ellicott City, MD.

3. Bad lighting

“Since you won’t be there in person, it can be difficult to know if the bathroom is well lit or if it is lighting Situation might require attention, ”says Sniscak.

Ask your agent to turn on all the lights to see how light or dark the room is.

4. No privacy

A window lets in natural light and helps make a small bathroom feel less claustrophobic, but you don’t want your neighbors to watch you brush your teeth every night. Have your agent show you the view out the window, if there is one.

“In urban space, you want to be close to your own neighbours, You have privacy, ”says Gladson.

5. Muddy ground

If there are tiles in the bathroom, your agent should show you close-ups of them.

“Check for cracks in the floor tiles, parting or damaged joints, or if there is“ softness ”under the feet that could indicate problems with previous or current plumbing, or Pest problem“Says Gladson.

6. Old bathtubs

How does it look like? brand new bathtub could be an old one with a cosmetic upgrade. Reglazing is an inexpensive way to upgrade a tub, but Gladson says the finish doesn’t last long. Look for bubbles or sagging in the finish.

“Tubs will scratch and even peel over time and require finishing touches,” says Gladson.

7. Problems under the sink

“The bathroom is the # 1 spot for water damage, so checking for leaks under the sink is a good idea,” says Kari Haas, a real estate agent Windmere real estate in Bellevue, WA.

Ask your agent to adjust to the fixtures. Are they corroded or in good condition? Are any fittings or pipes leaking? Next, ask your agent to open the taps on the sink, bathtub, and shower. Note the Water pressure. Is it strong or does it hardly drip out?

8. No memory

If you don’t see any warehouse Other than under the vanity or in the medicine cabinet, where do you keep your towels and other necessities? And don’t assume that there is a closet in a bathroom for storage. It can house mechanical components or a water heater.

“It’s important to look in all the closets and behind all the doors,” notes Sniscak. “It would also be helpful to know if there is a linen cupboard in the hallway outside the bathroom.”

9. Mold or gaps in the shower mortar

“What is the condition of the joints? If there are gaps, there may be hidden damage behind the walls, and if they are there mildew, it speaks to ventilation and poor maintenance, ”says Gladson.

Also, watch your agent open and close the shower doors to make sure they are working properly.

10. A small shower

If you are tall or feel anxious in small places, a small shower can be a deal breaker. And you won’t be able to get a feel for how big or small they are Shower area is from the live video, says Sniscak.

“It can be helpful if the agent brings a tape measure to see how big the shower area is,” she says. “It’s also a good idea to take a look in the shower or tub area to see if there is room for items like a niche or shelf.”

11. The bathroom is in a strange place in the house

Multiple bathrooms are a plus, but not if they don’t suit your lifestyle.

“For example, many find it strange having a bathroom in the kitchen, and it’s good to know how far away it is too bathroom is from the living area, ”says Sniscak.

Let your agent guide you through the areas that lead to the toilets.

“Ask if there’s a level that doesn’t have a bathroom at all that might not be easy to see from the video,” adds Sniscak.

Finally, check how many bedrooms share a bathroom.

12. Not enough power outlets

Outlets are something you probably wouldn’t even think about even when taking a tour of a home in person – but you should be careful, says Sniscak.

“Something older houses there may be a shortage of sales outlets, so it’s always better to see than to be surprised later, ”says Sniscak.

13. A bad toilet

For something that is used several times a day, the toilet rarely gets a second look during house tours. Still, Trouble could be lurkingSo (and we’re serious) get your agent to stand over the toilet and jump up and down to see if the toilet is loose and needs a new wax ring.

“Ask if the ground is firm – also a sign of rot,” says Haas.

And while you’re at it, ask what kind of toilet is that. Is it water saving? Does it have a bidet attachment? These things can vastly improve or detract from your bathroom experience.


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