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. But don’t worry because a potential buyer like you can do a bit of inspecting yourself and here are indicators showing what house to avoid buying.
The first thing is that you must think twice before you purchase a “fixer upper.” It is certainly true that these properties seem very interesting because they are so affordable. Many times, we believe that we can fix the problems ourselves. In reality, however, they are often things that must be done by qualified professionals. The price you pay for these professionals may be a lot higher than you had budgeted for initially. Next, you must be careful with properties that have modifications made that are clearly DIY. With all the best intentions, things that have been done without professional help can look great, but are often full of problems.
Then, you must look into historical problems that may have caused problems that simply cannot be repaired. These things include water damage, pest damage, asbestos, mold and faulty wiring. But it often takes a professional eye to actually spot these problems. It is possible that the present owners do not even know that these issues are there. In the cases where they do know that these issues are present, they may take steps to hide them. It is incredibly easy to hide these significant issues through simple things such as cleaning and switching the power off. To find out whether these issues are there, you can organize a professional home inspection, but you can also speak to community members. They can tell you about the history of various properties in the area. Generally speaking, major problems like pests, water damage and mold will occur in more than one property.
The bottom line is very simply that a home should never be bought unless a professional inspector has given you the green light. The information above, therefore, is not designed to help you decide whether or not you want to buy, but rather whether or not you want to have it inspected. If there are any existing problems, you may want to consider not buying the property at all, or asking for a very significant discount as you will have to invest in the repairs sooner or later. Do also consider the opinion of your home inspector. 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.