Making a large purchase of any kind needs to be thoroughly thought out. If you’re in the process of buying a car, you’ll have put in the time to research all the pros and cons, and compared various models to find the perfect one in your price range. Unfortunately, buying a house isn’t that simple, since no two homes will ever be exactly the same.
HOW YOU CAN AVOID TROUBLE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
Firstly, even if you’re a seasoned real estate investor, you should avoid making any purchase without the aid of a realtor. They’ll help you avoid any pitfalls, which will lead to a more confident investment. However, if you’re going to try browsing some properties on your own before buying a house, you need to know some warning signs of a bad investment.
INCONSISTENT FRESH PAINT
When people are selling a house, they’ll typically do their best to show it in the best light possible and make it more enticing to buyers. This is normal practice (commonly known as ‘staging a home’). They’ll really spruce things up, rearrange furniture to show show the most space possible, and declutter. However, one thing you want to be on the lookout for is inconsistent, spotty fresh paint. When you walk into a room and see that only the ceiling or a particular wall has been painted, you need to start asking questions. They could be trying to hide some type of flaw from any buyers.
The age of a house isn’t always reflective of its livability. There are plenty of houses that are decades old which have better living conditions than some under 10 years old. It’s all about the upkeep and maintenance performed by the owners. Regardless of the age of the property you’re looking at, you need to ensure there isn’t any lingering structural damage, and in particular around the base of the building. If you spot something that wasn’t brought up by the seller, it’s an immediate red flag that there are likely other, just as serious issue with the property.
PREVIOUS PEST OR INSECT ISSUES
Part of your searching process should involve asking the seller about any past issues with the home. If they mention that there were pest or insect issues, you should be learning more about the extent of any infestation. It’s not impossible for homes to deal with insects or pests, but you need know that those issues were resolved in a timely manner and there hasn’t been a problem since. When they mention that there is a regular return of pests or insects during a particular season, it’s a major red flag for any buyer.
WALL OR CEILING STAINS
Any sort of stains that appear on walls or ceilings can indicate a number of issues. One of of the most prominent (and damaging) likelihoods is that those stains are tied to some sort of leak in the piping. Water damage will appear as slight wall discolorations, but lead to more serious problems like mold or structural damage.
BUYING A HOUSE WITH AN EXPERIENCED REALTOR
There’s nothing wrong with exploring a few properties on your own, but you should always be working with a professional, local realtor. They’ll make sure that buying a house is made as simple and stress free as possible with their expertise.