If someone is eager to sell their property, they may keep a few defects hidden. 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. Does it look like everybody is leaving? Make sure that you speak to some of the residents and ask about what the community is like. Look at the land as well. Foundations could be damaged by rain water if the yard slopes downwards to the property. Noticing bad smells, both in and out of the property is problematic too. Next, check whether there are pests. If there have been bugs or insects, people in the street are likely to know about it, so ask them.
Now, you need to see how the property was looked after. Find out whether it was maintained properly. If you find that the owners haven’t look after the outside properly, the inside is likely to be the same. Always look at the wiring too. Only a qualified electrician can identify real problems, but you can have a general look. If you spot that outlets are warm or that lights flicker, there is likely to be a wiring problem. If you notice that only a few of the walls have been painted recently, it is possible that the owners are trying to hide something. Also inspect the windows. Windows that have mold or condensation or that open with difficulty may be signs of very expensive problems.If an owner declares certain rooms as “off limit”, then go find a different home to buy. If any structural work has been done on the property, you need to make sure that it was done by someone who was fully qualified to do this.
In the end, it is only you who can decide whether or not you will buy a property. Nevertheless, due diligence should always be exerted. Never purchase a property that you haven’t had professionally inspected. If you do find a property has significant issues, you have the option to simply walk away, or you can try to have the price decreased to compensate for this. However, be very careful when trying the latter option, as you may just find yourself with a house that requires a lot of very expensive repairs.