Sometimes there are defects in a house that the
homeowners no longer notice, such as small leaks in the roof or a basement that
only gets damp when it rains. When the house is on the market, they don't have a
real sense of urgency about having such defects repaired. The Realtor feels
quite differently, however.
When buyers are deciding which houses deserve
serious consideration, any kind of water problem may appear to be much more
serious than it really is. The sellers may regard a damp basement as simply a
sign that it's time to clean the gutters or check the soil buildup around the
house or a leaking roof as a call for new flashing. But to someone who has never
owned a home, these defects can be taken as signs that the house may not fulfill
their primary need for shelter from "the elements." People may be
perfectly willing to rent a home with minor water problems, but they are likely
to pass up the same house if they think it won't keep them perfectly dry.