These days, it is very wise to inspect a property for sale thoroughly. Trust me. It will save you from many future inconveniences. Inspecting every part of the house including the basement will not let you blame yourself when problems arise in times when you are already dwelling in your newly-purchased house.
The basement is where you can check the endurance and strength of the entire house. Look for signs of mold infestation. Molds thrive in moist and damp areas. If you spot an area in the basement that has molds, the house has a possible problem with basement flooding.
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Check the basement wall for water marks. If the house has been erected for quite some time, the walls would probably bear evidences of water seepage and penetration. When you have seen signs of water problems, then it is your right to raise your concerns to the real estate agent for proper addressing.
You might also want to check for cracks, holes, and breaks on the walls and floor. Small cracks may be natural and maybe easily solved with the right concrete sealant and polymer products. But big breaks and holes are something different and can initiate bigger problems when not quickly resolved.
See to it that the basement ceiling is in good condition. Spider webs may be easy to remove but messy wiring may be an obstacle that will cause you headaches in the future. You are lucky if you can find a property with a basement ceiling that is properly and beautifully insulated.
It is a bonus if the basement has already the necessary storage shelves. Life is full of big and small treasures that are sometimes hard to throw away and it is nostalgic to keep them for later retrieval. The basement can serve as a rightful reservoir of family treasures. Tools and other seldom-used items can also rest in the basement until needed. If the basement is properly water-proofed, it can also serve as a stock room of your long-term food needs such as sacks of rice and grocery items.
Bear in mind that although the basement is seldom seen by visitors, it is an important house part that must be properly inspected before you decide on a purchase.