While you might not see too many homes with wallpaper on the walls these days, there are still some out there. If you are thinking of buying a home that already has wallpaper installed, you should be careful to make sure there is no surprise hiding behind the wallpaper. What could that be?
One issue is mold. If mold has taken a hold behind wallpaper, it could be difficult to spot, but usually you will recognize the musty smell that comes with it. Sometimes there might be some bulging of the wallpaper, as well. Another problem is the precursor to mold – moisture. Feeling the wall will let you catch any spots that feel cool or even slightly damp. Additionally, you can use your hand to check for cracks and holes. It is easy enough to hide an unsightly crack with wallpaper, but those should really be repaired before the wallpaper is applied.