A home purchase is both exciting and fun. However, because we are eager to make the purchase, we sometimes fail to notice see the various defects of a property. Yes, some properties seem to just call to us, but if they have certain issues, you should still walk away. Hopefully, the information below will show you some of the things to be aware of.
Start by checking out the neighborhood. Are people seemingly leaving in a mass exodus? Ask people who live in the area whether it is a good place to live. Have a look at how the land is shaped. If you find that the yard slopes downward towards the property, it is possible that rainwater would run down it and damage the foundations. Noticing bad smells, both in and out of the property is problematic too. Next, check 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.
Next, make sure you know if the property has been foreclosed on or is going through a short 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.
The bottom line is very simply that a home should never be bought unless a professional inspector has given you the green light. 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 any problems are present, you can choose to walk away from the property, or you can request a huge discount on the purchase price so you can arrange the necessary repairs. Also, always trust the advice of home inspectors. 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.