If someone is eager to sell their property, they may keep a few defects hidden. It is unfortunate that if you were to hire a professional inspector for each viewing, it would get incredibly expensive. Therefore, here are some things that are obvious even to a novice which can tell you not to buy the home.
First and foremost, think hard before you buy a “fixer up.” It is certainly true that these properties seem very interesting because they are so affordable. Many of us believe that we have sufficient DIY skills to fix up such a property. In reality, however, they are often things that must be done by qualified professionals. Qualified professionals are incredibly expensive and you may not have sufficient budget for that. Secondly, be very careful of properties that have clearly had DIY adjustments. With all the best intentions, things that have been done without professional help can look great, but are often full of 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.
In truth, you are the only person who can really make a decision in terms of whether or not to buy a home. It is also true that if you are looking for a true bargain, then a house with problems is what you are looking for. However, you must also be very careful that you aren’t buying into a money pit, or a property that you will never be able to sell again. 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. To check on the actual property, all you really need to do is hire the services of a property inspector. When it comes to the neighborhood, however, you need to have a personal feel, something that cannot be achieved by a check box list.