It cannot be denied that mortgage interest rates are very low at present. And yes, the prices of houses are still low enough to be very interesting. However, don’t let this lead you into believing that any home purchase is a good one. The market currently favors the buyer. However, you do have to exert due diligence before you buy. There are a some red flags that you need to be aware of that could tell you that a purchase may not be the best way forward. Some of these are fixable, others tell you to look elsewhere. Two things are of particular importance in terms of red flags.
First, inspect the neighborhood. Are there many homes for sale and many boarded up shops? Make sure that you speak to some of the residents and ask about what the community is like. Also check out the land. 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.
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. Sadly, in order to see these problems, you may require quite specialized skills yourself. The current owners may not even know that the problem is there. If they do know any of these problems are present, they may do all they can to keep them hidden. By simply ensuring the property is very clean and no sockets are used unnecessarily, you are not able to see the problems are there. In order to find out whether these issues are present, you will need a professional home inspection; but you can also speak to community members. They will quickly tell you whether any of these problems have occurred in the area in the past. Usually, problems like pests, water damage and mold don’t occur in just one home.
Basically, you should not purchase a property that has not gone through a professional inspection. 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. Make sure you take home inspectors’ opinion on board too. 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.