Home sellers don’t always give you the full details of the property they are trying to sell. Unfortunately, hiring a professional inspector can get expensive if you are viewing multiple homes. Therefore, here are some things that are obvious even to a novice which can tell you not to buy the home.
Firstly, always look at the neighborhood. Are people seemingly leaving in a mass exodus? Talk to your potential new neighbors and ask what the area is like. Have a look at how the land is shaped. If you notice that the yard is on a downwards slope towards the property, the foundations could be affected by rain water. Use your nose: bad smells in or out the property are a bad sign. Look into whether there are pests. If there have been bugs or insects, people in the street are likely to know about it, so ask them.
Next, it is time to look at how the property was treated by the current owners. Find out whether it was maintained properly. If you find that the owners haven’t look after the outside properly, the inside is likely to be the same. Also, look at the wiring. Real issues can only be identified by a qualified professional, but you can get a good idea yourself. For instance, flickering lights and hot or warm outlets are signs of a bigger problem. Similarly, if you notice that there is a single wall, or just a few walls that have been painted very recently, where others haven’t, the owners may be hiding something. Check the windows. Look at whether the windows have mold or condensation or are hard to open; this could be a sign of expensive problems.If an owner declares certain rooms as “off limit”, then go find a different home to buy. If you notice that walls have been changed or other structural work has been completed, you must find out whether this was done by someone qualified to do that type of work.
When push comes to shove, you are the only one who can work out whether or not you want to purchase a property. Plus, it is certainly true that a home with problems is often a home that can be sold at an even greater discount. You do have to ask yourself whether that bargain is worth the potential financial hassle you are putting yourself through. Whether you purchase a property as an investment or as a home, it is always going to be a building that somebody will live in, and you need to make sure that the quality of life in that property can be pleasant and enjoyable. Naturally, it is vital that you also check the property itself, but don’t forget just how important the neighborhood actually is. All you really have to do in order to find out whether the property itself is any good is hire a property inspector. This is different than a neighborhood inspection, which really requires a personal opinion and feel, something that only you can do and decide upon.