When someone tries to sell their home, they do not always tell the whole truth. Although a professional inspector would pick up on any problem, it is expensive to hire one for each viewing. Thus, here are a few things that you can spot yourself, telling you to avoid the purchase.
Always look through the neighborhood. Are there many homes for sale and many boarded up shops? Make sure that you speak to some of the residents and ask about what the community is like. Have a look at how the land is shaped. Foundations could be damaged by rain water if the yard slopes downwards to the property. Noticing bad smells, both in and out of the property is problematic too. Look into whether there are pests. This is also something to ask others in the neighborhood about as they are likely to know all about past insect, rodent or other pests problems.
You are now ready to see whether the property was looked after properly. Check the property for maintenance as well. If you notice that there is a lack of structural maintenance on the outside, the inside will probably be the same. Also, look at the wiring. You are not likely to be an electrician, but there are certain things you can easily notice yourself. If you spot that outlets are warm or that lights flicker, there is likely to be a wiring problem. Check whether it looks like some of the walls have been repainted recently, which could be a sign of them trying to hide something. Check the windows. If a window is condensed or moldy, or it opens with difficulty, that may be a sign of very expensive problems.Naturally, never view a property that you are not allowed to see in full. Additionally, if you notice that any structural work has been done, such as the removal of walls or floors, you need to find out whether that work was done properly by a qualified architect.
After all is said and done, only you can truly decide whether or not you want to purchase a home. Nevertheless, due diligence should always be exerted. Always make sure a professional inspector has looked over the property first. If any issues are found, it is up to you to decide whether you then want to step away from the property, or whether you want to use it as a bargaining tool to bring down the price. However, you do have to make sure that you don’t purchase a true money pit.