Some people shy away from purchasing a home with a basement. Sure, the extra space would be nice, but how many times has it filled with water, smelled like mold or ruined items? It is important to get some background on the area, sewage backup problems, and most importantly, whether or not the basement has been waterproofed.
What is Basement Waterproofing?
There are plenty of ways to waterproof a basement. The current owners or builder should be able to share this information with you. If not, a home inspection company can give you the details. Interior sealants are often used to prevent cracks in concrete from allowing water to reach the interior. Exterior methods of polymer-based compounds may also be used. However, the life of these methods are undetermined.