Not all home sellers are completely truthful about the condition of their property. It is unfortunate that if you were to hire a professional inspector for each viewing, it would get incredibly expensive. Thus, here are a few things that you can spot yourself, telling you to avoid the purchase.
Start by checking out the neighborhood. Is the number of homes and businesses dwindling? Speak to others in the street and ask them about the community. Also check out the land. If you notice that the yard is on a downwards slope towards the property, the foundations could be affected by rain water. You should also look into whether there are any weird smells in and out of the property. Next, check whether there are pests. Ask community members of this, as everybody always knows when someone else has pests.
Now, you need to see how the property was looked after. Signs of regular maintenance are hugely important. If it looks run down from the outside, it is likely that the inside isn’t in a much better condition either. Make sure to inspect the wiring. Only a qualified electrician can identify real problems, but you can have a general look. If you spot that outlets are warm or that lights flicker, there is likely to be a wiring 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. Also look at the windows. Windows that have mold or condensation or that open with difficulty may be signs of very expensive problems.Never even consider purchasing a property that you cannot see in full. 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. It is also true that if you are looking for a true bargain, then a house with problems is what you are looking for. You do have to ask yourself whether that bargain is worth the potential financial hassle you are putting yourself through. 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. A property inspector is all you really need in order to look into the condition of the actual property after all. When it comes to the neighborhood, however, you need to have a personal feel, something that cannot be achieved by a check box list.