"In one home, my clients checked inside the cubby underneath a dormer window and found some water there even though it hadn't rained in days," Mrs. Riegert Woodruff says. "When we went outside, we discovered that the top of the roof ridge cap was bent and water could be seen trailing down from it. In that case, they found enough things wrong that they decided not to make an offer."
"I actually bought a five-bedroom home not that long ago that doesn't have a linen closet on the bedroom level. I hadn't even noticed how tiny the hall closet is," she says. "People need to think about their possessions and how they will store them. For instance, if you have a baby, you need to notice whether there is a first-floor closet big enough to hold the stroller."