When someone tries to sell their home, they do not always tell the whole truth. 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.
First and foremost, check the neighborhood. Very few things are more important than this. Find out whether the community is going through growth, or whether it is declining. If you notice many homes are being foreclosed and local businesses are closing, then the community is declining. Make sure you visit the area on two different occasions. This will also give you an idea of what traffic is like at different points. Don’t forget to schedule one evening visit, to see whether there is nuisance on the streets at night. Additionally, make sure the police provide you with a crime report on the area.
You should now look at the property itself and how it was treated. You should be able to tell whether it was maintained regularly. A home that is run down on the outside will probably be in a similar state on the inside. Make sure to inspect the wiring. Only a qualified electrician can identify real problems, but you can have a general look. 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. Next, look closely at the windows. Windows that have mold or condensation or that open with difficulty may be signs of very expensive problems.It goes without saying that if there are any rooms that the sellers don’t want you to see, you should avoid the property completely. If there have been any structural changes to the original property, you need to check whether these were done in accordance with various building regulations.
The reality is that you are the only one who can decide whether or not to buy a property. Additionally, if you find that there are certain problems, you could use this as a negotiating point to drive the price down. On the other hand, if you then have to pay even more money to fix it up, or if you can never sell it again, then it was a waste of money. A home is a place where someone, either you or a tenant, will have to live and this means it does have to be an enjoyable property to seem extent. It goes without saying that checking the condition of the property itself is very important, but the area it is in must be focused on as well. To check on the actual property, all you really need to do is hire the services of 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.