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.
First, inspect the neighborhood. Are people seemingly leaving in a mass exodus? Talk to your potential new neighbors and ask what the area is like. Look at the land as well. 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. Also look for bugs and insects. Ask community members of this, as everybody always knows when someone else has pests.
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 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. You do have to ask yourself whether that bargain is worth the potential financial hassle you are putting yourself through. Whether you purchase a property as an investment or as a home, it is always going to be a building that somebody will live in, and you need to make sure that the quality of life in that property can be pleasant and enjoyable. Naturally, it is vital that you also check the property itself, but don’t forget just how important the neighborhood actually is. A property inspector is all you really need in order to look into the condition of the actual property after all. This is different than a neighborhood inspection, which really requires a personal opinion and feel, something that only you can do and decide upon.