When someone tries to sell their home, they do not always tell the whole truth. 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.
The first thing is that you must get to know the neighborhood. It cannot be underestimated how important it is to check on this. Is it a growing community, or is it in decline? Seeing a lot of homes in foreclosure and boarded up businesses is a sure sign of trouble. Experts say that it is best to visit the same neighborhood at different times and on different days. In doing so, you will also become aware of traffic. Make sure you come during an evening once as well, so you can find out whether there is any noise pollution or traffic problems when it is supposed to be quiet. Speak to the police and ask for statistics on local crimes.
Secondly, you need to know whether the property you are buying is a regular sale, a short sale or a foreclosure sale. Yes, you can get an amazing deal on this. However, many of these properties are in terrible condition and it can also be a sign of trouble in the neighborhood itself.
Basically, you should not purchase a property that has not gone through a professional inspection. With the information above, you should be able to tell whether or not you might want to hire a professional inspector, or whether it is a clear no on the purchase. If there are any existing problems, you may want to consider not buying the property at all, or asking for a very significant discount as you will have to invest in the repairs sooner or later. Make sure you take home inspectors’ opinion on board too. The goal of professional home inspectors is to make sure that you can truly get your dream home, and not some sort of money pit disaster.