Not all home sellers are completely truthful about the condition of their property. 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.
The first is the neighborhood. It cannot be underestimated how important it is to check on this. The community is either growing and decline and you need to find out which one it is. Seeing a lot of homes in foreclosure and boarded up businesses is a sure sign of trouble. Also make sure that you visit the area at different times and on different days. This will also give you an idea of what traffic is like at different points. Do also come at least once at night, so you can see whether the streets are safe and quiet at night or not. Speak to the police and ask for statistics on local crimes.
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.
When push comes to shove, you are the only one who can work out whether or not you want to purchase a property. Additionally, if you find that there are certain problems, you could use this as a negotiating point to drive the price down. You do have to ask yourself whether that bargain is worth the potential financial hassle you are putting yourself through. Whether you purchase a property as an investment or as a home, it is always going to be a building that somebody will live in, and you need to make sure that the quality of life in that property can be pleasant and enjoyable. Naturally, it is vital that you also check the property itself, but don’t forget just how important the neighborhood actually is. In terms of the condition of the property, you can simply ask a property inspector to come and check it out, after all. When it comes to checking out the neighborhood, however, it isn’t so much about cold, hard data, but rather about personal feelings and emotions and whether or not you like it.