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.
First, inspect 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 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. 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.
A number of things may also have happened to a property that are very hard to restore. A few of the things you need to look for are signs of water damage, pest damage, asbestos, mold and faulty wiring. But it often takes a professional eye to actually spot these problems. It is very much possible that the sellers don’t know these problems exist. Those home owners that do know the issues are there will try to keep them hidden. All that needs to be done in order to hide problems like this is a bit of cleaning and reducing power usage. Besides organizing a professional home inspection, what you can do is speak to members of the community. They will be happy to tell you about any historical issues that have occurred in the area. Generally speaking, major problems like pests, water damage and mold will occur in more than one property.
At the end of the day, you should never purchase a property that you haven’t had inspected professionally. 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. Do also consider the opinion of your home inspector. Home inspectors will tell you honestly whether or not a certain property is worth investing in.