Buying a home is a joyful period in a person’s life. The only problem is that you have to make sure your excitement doesn’t make you stop from seeing any issues that a property may have. Although we do sometimes fall in love with a property, we should never purchase it without running a few necessary checks. Some of the things you should be aware of are below.
First, inspect 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. Look at the land as well. If the land slopes downwards towards the property, there is a chance that the foundations have been or will be damaged by flowing rain water. 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.
Next, make sure you know if the property has been foreclosed on or is going through a short sale. Although it is true that these are the cheapest properties, they are also often in poor condition and in bad neighborhoods.
At the end of the day, you are the only one who an decide whether you will buy a property or not. Nevertheless, due diligence should always be exerted. Do only purchase a property once you have had it inspected by a professional inspector. 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. Do be careful with this, however, as you don’t want to end up purchasing a money pit.