Not all home sellers are completely truthful about the condition of their property. 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.
Start by checking out the neighborhood. Is the number of homes and businesses dwindling? Speak to others in the street and ask them about the community. Also check out the land. Foundations could be damaged by rain water if the yard slopes downwards to the property. If you notice any bad smells, there is generally something amiss. Bugs and insects are a bad sign as well. If there have been bugs or insects, people in the street are likely to know about it, so ask them.
There are also a number of things that can cause a lot of damage to a property that are almost irreparable. 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 possible that the present owners do not even know that these issues are there. Those home owners that do know the issues are there will try to keep them hidden. It is incredibly easy to hide these significant issues through simple things such as cleaning and switching the power off. 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 be happy to tell you about any historical issues that have occurred in the area. It is safe to say that most major problems like pests, water damage and mold will occur in more than one home.
Basically, you should not purchase a property that has not gone through a professional inspection. However, the hints and tips above should tell you whether or not it is worth investing in an inspection at all. 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. Also, always trust the advice of home inspectors. 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.