When someone tries to sell their home, they do not always tell the whole truth. Sadly, most of us cannot afford hiring a professional inspector for each property that we view. Therefore, here are some things that are obvious even to a novice which can tell you not to buy the home.
Always look through the neighborhood. Are people seemingly leaving in a mass exodus? 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 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. Look into whether there are pests. If there have been bugs or insects, people in the street are likely to know about it, so ask them.
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.
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 find out whether you should walk away, or whether hiring an inspector is a good idea. 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. Do also make sure you listen to professional inspectors’ advice. 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.